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  • Samantha

    i would worry the straps would break on all but the ONE tote bag. They are all lovely choices but thin straps on bags that are meant to carry books always worry me.

    • C

      I was thinking the same thing. But maybe they’re sewn on more securely than it looks, and hopefully the straps are reinforced on the backside. The Longchamp tote I’ve used for the last three years of undergrad has held up wonderfully, even through schlepping around heavy stuff like my macbook, water bottle, textbooks, and whatnot on the daily.

    • If multiple books or something particularly heavy needs to be carried, it’s probably best to forgo designer options entirely and opt for a good ol’ nylon backpack on those days. These are for lighter use, or for majors that are less book-heavy. (For example, I didn’t carry any textbooks at all my last 3 semesters of college because I was in journalism and comparative lit.)

      • kindled

        Cute (even designer) canvas totes + longchamps are probably a better option. Or messenger bags, which I feel are usually made of sturdier stuff.

    • louch

      Agreed. Other problem is with such narrow straps, they dig in if the bag is full of heavy stuff like books.

  • Sofia

    That Jonathan Adler tote looks so much like a goyard

  • Remi

    I bought the MK Channing tote for this exact use a few weeks ago when it was on sale. I carried it to school for the first time yesterday. I love it but I think I’m going to have to order a base shaper I feel I’ll be able to keep everything a lot more organized with one.

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  • I just bought a great vegan tote from Free People for $68 bucks and I consider that a steal. A lot of these bags are too pretty to be filled up with books…looking at you Marc Jacobs!

  • lazeny

    These bags are too pretty I agree. When I was in college I only carry a pen/pencil, a few pieces of paper, a very slim notebook and my calculator (Engineering student, I don’t have books, I borrow everything from the library or take notes, that was in the early 2000’s when life was much simpler) . All tucked in a small green leather type bag made locally. If I need to carry a lot (for class projects and thesis) I use my trusted Jansport.

  • Mkay

    Should have put Annabel Ingall on here