Women have been carrying purses for generations, storing small things such as keys, a wallet, some feminine products, and more recently, technological devices inside. These are all things we find ourselves using regularly and needing at the most random of moments, and so it makes sense to have them available at all times. However, for some, a purse feels cumbersome and awkward, and they find themselves constantly putting their purse down or shifting it from shoulder to shoulder because it’s heavy and uncomfortable to hold. Lo and behold, there is a solution! Mini backpacks are the new fad, and it seems like lots of women have been drawn to their shapes and styles. As they are shaped and held like a backpack, for many, mini backpacks are the perfect cross between an oversized backpack and a purse that keeps sliding off of your shoulder. With the size of a purse and the structure of a backpack, mini backpacks should be your new go-to! Here are 9 mini backpacks to replace that overused, boring purse!
1. Fjallraven Vardag Mini
Fjallraven is a Swedish brand that has devoted themselves to sustainability and practicality. They strive to create backpacks and other outdoor apparel that can handle anything. From heavy weight, to wind, snow, and rain, their specially made backpacks can and should get you through any outdoor adventure! This Vardag Mini backpack is perfect for daily use, as it is small enough to bring everywhere, but durable enough for any occasion. You can also use it on hikes and other nature-based activities, as it comes with a seat pad to use when stopping for breaks or eating!
You can order the Vardag Mini from Fjallraven’s website for $50.00!
2. BDG Mini Backpack
BDG is one of Urban Outfitters’ spin-off brands that features lots of color-block styles and other bold looks you might not find elsewhere. This BDG mini backpack is no different. Available in both black and white, as well as three different color combos, each one is unique and made to match a variety of outfits. With two side pockets, as well as a smaller zipped front pocket, this purse has every compartment you need to carry all the necessities!
You can order this BDG mini backpack from Urban Outfitters for just $29.00, while it’s still on sale!
3. Vans Sunflower Check Mini Backpack
Vans is a famous skater brand that has actually gotten incredibly popular over the past couple of decades. Now you’ll see people of all types rocking some stylish Vans canvas shoes or a Vans sweatshirt because they not only look awesome but feel comfy too. This sunflower and checkerboard stylized mini backpack is one of those awesome products. The checkerboard design looks edgy and bada$$, and yet it retains a nice and dainty feminine vibe with the sunflower design. Look cool and beautiful all at the same time with this Vans mini backpack!
You can order this Vans mini backpack from Tilly’s for just $24.99!
4. Billabong Mini Mama Backpack
Billabong is a totally groovy summer swim brand that, in recent years, has successfully branched out into products such as pants, hoodies, and of course, backpacks. They offer adorable styles that are fit for a beach day no matter where you are, or what the weather is. Billabong’s products have a habit of making you feel like you’re on a tropical Hawaiian beach, when in fact, you might be thousands of miles away. This Mini Mama bag is one of the beautiful products that does exactly that. With a pretty ocean blue color, the bag features a pattern that says “aloha” and has various depictions of gorgeous palm trees and flowers. Transport yourself to the beautiful beaches of Hawaii with this adorable mini backpack by Billabong!
You can order this boho backpack from Billabong for just $29.95!
5. Lulus Leader of the Pack Black Mini
Lulus offers women everything from casual, everyday clothing to formal wedding gowns. Lulus has a wide selection of dresses, swimwear, loungewear, formal wear, shoes, accessories, and so much more on their website that it’s fair to say that almost any woman could find something they love there! This simple black (vegan!) leather mini backpack is one of those many items! Sweet yet stylish, this black bag is the perfect addition to literally any and every outfit. Plus, it is made with vegan leather, so it is great for anyone who values animal life over style!
You can order this vegan leather lavish backpack from Lulus for $38.00!
6. KindlyFree’s Luminous Geometric Backpack
Geometric backpacks and purses have seemingly become one of social media’s favorite designs, as they look like something right out of a sci-fi movie. Made in parts that are all placed together to create a very eye-catching and distinctive style, these geometric purses also have a cool feature where they look grey in subtle light and turn bright and luminescent in bright lights, such as sunlight. This particular backpack is made by an Etsy shop called KindlyFree, and they have rave reviews. Get yours today and look like a space heroine!
You can order yours from the KindlyFree Etsy shop for just $26.99 while they’re on sale!
7. Princess Polly Peta & Jain Zoe Black Croc Backpack
Are you one of those girls who absolutely love crocodile-designed leather? If you are, this Princess Polly crocodile backpack is the one for you! Shiny and black, it’s super sleek and sexy for any night out! Made with PETA-approved vegan leather, you don’t have to worry about whether or not animals were harmed to make your purse. Instead, you can wear it confidently and proudly while rocking a killer outfit!
You can order this croc leather purse by Peta & Jain from Princess Polly for $57.00!
8. More Than A Backpack Embroidered Floral Backpack
More Than A Backpack offers backpacks that are not only adorable, but they also benefit charity! As travelers themselves, founders Matt and his wife Jen decided to create their very own backpack brand that is made to be comfortable, durable, and beautiful all in one! They find themselves blessed to be able to have a successful business that puts food on their table every day, so they give part of their proceeds to Blessings in a Backpack, which strives to feed some 13 million hungry children every day. With such a lovely cause and style, their embroidered floral bag is the perfect mini backpack to switch up your style!
You can order this gorgeous floral mini backpack from More Than A Backpack for $44.99!
9. Vera Bradley Straw Convertible Mini Backpack
Vera Bradley is super popular, super cute, and a staple in any woman’s wardrobe. They design an endless array of gorgeous purses, duffle bags, laptop carriers, and backpacks for women. Their products are designed to be absolutely beautiful and eye-catching, while still remaining durable and well worth their high price tags. Invest in this Vera Bradley mini backpack that is made to look as though it is made of straw, and rock the mini backpack look!
You can order this adorable bird-themed bag from Vera Bradley for $65.00!
Which of these mini backpacks will be replacing your purse with? Let us know in the comments below!
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