Fashionable school bags?

Started 9 years ago. There are 6 replies by 6 different members. The latest reply was from JudyC.
  1. I am a 50yo "Elegant E" who works full time, goes to school full time, and does public speaking on a regular basis. Because my lifestyle pretty much demands I have my laptop with me at all times and my school books with me frequently, I carry a backpack instead of a purse. This is obviously not flattering. I have done a little online window shopping for a fashionable computer bag, but the problem is that if you add school into the search criteria you get all messenger bags and backpacks. Most nice looking bags are not deep enough for my laptop and school books, some of which are 3"- 4" thick. A messenger bag is less flattering for my body type than a backpack. I am also on a budget, as right now all our extra funds are going into getting our house ready to go on the market. I would love to spend less than $50, but definitely not more than $75. Any suggestions?

  1. I can't believe you can carry all that! I have tried using a bag I got at Express for my computer. It isn't per se a book or computer bag, but it's lightweight and deep (@ 25" h x 15" w). Another thing I do is carry more than one shoulder bag, so I can distribute the weight of heavy textbooks. Good luck in school! What are you studying?

  2. Have you considered a wheelie carry-on bag?

  3. I feel your pain! This is what I finally found: Unfortunately it's not within your budget, but it looks more professional than most backpacks (I bought it in purple) and is really sturdy. You could also go to a luggage store and ask them -- it is not easy, but certainly possible to find backpacks with laptop pockets that are black (sometimes even leather), low-key, and a lot better looking than your standard school pack. I also like catwomanbert's idea of a small wheelie bag, which would save your back with all those textbooks. Good luck!

  4. I am going to agree with catwomanbert on this one. A wheeled carry on sized bag or wheeled briefcase would be so much better for your back and your shoulders and your arms than any backpack or messenger bag. I see both men and women moving briskly through downtown streets and office buildings with these more and more. The shoulders of your blouses and jackets will not get crushed in wrinkles, nor your necklines pulled out of shape. This is a smart choice both for your body and for your "look."

  5. Thanks for the suggestions. One of my classmates uses a wheeled bag. That might be the way to go. I have also considered carrying two bags on days when I need my school books with me. One bag for the everyday stuff and one for school books. Great suggestions! Kayburge, I am an undergraduates student studying Biblical Foundations. After finishing this track my plan is to get either an M. Div. or an MA in Biblical Studies. I may go for a doctorate in Old Testament Studies... if my husband can stand living with a student that long. :)

  6. Actually, a heavy backpack isn't bad for your bag if it is fitted well to you and the weight is distributed properly to sit right. Unfortunately though, with a lot of weight, that means you need a waist-strap as the weight should sit on your hips. Definitely not professional looking. I usually hate rolling bags but I think this is a situation where that makes a lot of sense unless you walk places where a rolling bag just isn't going to work for you. eBags often has great sales. You might take a look there.

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