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Tuesday, August 21, 2018 New York, NY, USA

Fall Guide: Back To School Bags

The end of August can be a daunting time of the year. Summer is ending meaning it’s almost time to head back to school. I’m one of those weird people that love the beginning of the school year, including “back to school shopping.” Of course, how I prepped for a new school year my last few years of college is definitely different from the shopping list of highlighters and a very specific/overpriced calculator. I'm put together a series of Fall Guides for "Back To School" for you guys in hopes that these would make syllabus week a little less daunting!
It's no surprise that a new bag is on the list. Saving up for a brand new bag can take some time, but what's great is that it can last you years if you take good care of it! Depending on your situation with classes (dorming/commuting), you can go with something smaller or something that definitely carries a lot more. Saving up for a new bag and then finally purchasing it can be a great way to feel good about a new school year. When I used to live on campus, I didn't need a big bag. Some days, I'd just hold the books in my hand. But when I transferred to a fashion school for Interior Design and had to commute from home, I knew I needed a bigger bag that could carry a little bit more than a notebook and pen while still being trendy in New York City.

Below are a mix of smaller and bigger bags, and a couple of different price points. My early college years definitely consisted of a simple backpack, canvas tote, etc. All still really great options of course, but if you're looking to treat yourself to a little something more, or even just a little upgrade without breaking the bank, I put together a list of bags that you guys might be interested in seeing! I've also jotted down some things to consider based on each price point. 

I definitely couldn't splurge on a bag until my junior or senior year of college. Being a full time student and working part time required picking up a few extra shifts to get myself a luxury bag for the school year. I ended up getting the Céline Medium Cabas Tote and it was one of the best purchases I ever made. Even after graduating college, it's still one of my go-to work bags, perfect for travel, and even just used as an overnight bag as well. This shows that although it was a steep purchase back in 2015, I'm still loving it three years later and it's still in great condition.

I also recently got the Céline Sangle Seau and I wish I got it sooner! I did purchase this pre-owned so I'll link some pre-loved options as well so you can save some money on these luxury pieces too. I love this bag because of the wider strap which makes it easier on the shoulders when you're packing a lot! This bag also has a great shape that is perfect for carrying my laptop, camera, and a few other necessities for a student or working girl/guy! The bags shown above are linked below:

Saint Laurent Tote / Céline Medium Cabas / Goyard St. Louis / Chanel Deauville / Louis Vuitton Backpack


And you guys already know how much I love my bags from Reebonz. I rounded out some favorites from the site down below. I have another code with them until 10/31 so my beautiful followers can take 15% off where coupons apply site-wide with no purchase minimum required! Just use my code "ALYSSA15" at checkout!


Going pre-loved is definitely a great way to shave some dollars off a higher priced bag because a lot of these are in great condition, it just takes some searching to find them! Some of my favorite sites to shop pre-loved is The Real Real, Rebag, and Vestiaire Collective.


Of course, I'm including some bags at a friendlier price point as well! When it comes to thinking about the value of a bag, you need to look at the quality for the price. I'll admit, designer bags are great quality but you also pay for the name which hikes up the prices too. But there are some other great brands to consider incase a Saint Laurent bag just isn't in the cards right now. Check out these bags that range from $30 to a little over $500. If you're looking at an everyday bag that you know will be used a lot, definitely think about the quality and craft of the bag as it will last you much longer especially if you're carrying a lot as well!

That's pretty much it for the first of my "FALL GUIDE" series! I hope this post has been helpful and helped you a little more excited for the new school year. If you need an specific tips or advice, just comment down below or feel free to message me on Instagram! Happy shopping!

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