The 20 best bags that combine style and substance

It may be hard to find a bag that combines both form and function, but we’ve got your back

If you thought finding a functional bag that isn’t ugly was impossible, you’d be wrong. 

Whether it’s books, a laptop, or any other assortment of knick-knacks, you may have lots to carry around with you in your day-to-day life.

With that in mind, you’d want a good utilitarian bag, but one that won’t have the fashion police going after you.


JanSport Right Pack Digital Edition Laptop Backpack

Ah, hello old faithful.

The Digital Edition Laptop Backpack improves on the all-purpose design of the classic Jansport Right Pack with an updated fully-padded laptop and tablet compartment to keep your devices nice and secure. On the front of the bag is a zippered utility pocket with an organizer for all your smaller accessories.

The bag itself is very roomy with simplistic design. It is constructed from durable, water-resistant Cordura nylon with a strong, suede bottom. Your back and shoulders will thank you for the fully-padded back panel and the new shoulder straps with breathable mesh that are cut slightly thicker than the original model.

Fjällräven Rucksack No. 21

This bag encapsulates a charming wistfulness that feels like it leapt right out of a Wes Anderson movie.

The backpack comes equipped with a padded laptop compartment that fits up to 15” laptops, a removable seat pad and a pocket that holds a thermos in an upright position. The durable, waxed fabric ensures that the bag is sturdy enough to brave the outdoors and carry your various thingamabobs.

The Fjällräven Rucksack comes in four sizes - Mini, Small, Medium, and Large, so pick the right one for your needs. 

Herschel Little America Backpack

These bags have gotten so popular that you’re almost guaranteed to see at least one if you’re walking around town.

There’s a good reason for their ubiquity, though. The Herschel Little America Backpack features vintage sensibilities available in dozens of designs, with sturdy construction and contoured air mesh padding that will save you from back and shoulder problems later in life.

Here’s a tip though: If you’re getting the Herschel Little America Backpack, you might want to opt for a design with rubber strap closures instead of the leather ones as they tend to be more durable. 

Incase City Compact Backpack

If you’d like to trend away from the more hipster bags previously mentioned in this list, Incase’s City Compact Backpack is a solid choice that holds a volume of 17.5L and can fit a 15.6” laptop (or, if you require something a little larger, you can go with the City Backpack which can fit a 17” laptop).

This comfortable backpack boasts modern, minimalistic design with ample padding and quick-access pockets that will provide you with great protection and organisation for all your essentials.