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This Gap drawstring hobo bag is flexible and (Credit: gap.com)

This Gap drawstring hobo bag is flexible and full of pockets, $39.95; at gap.com.

Backpack alternatives: 20 totes for back to school

By the time high school and college roll around, many students are ready to say goodbye to the backpack. Luckily, there are plenty of tote bags out there that are stylish and big enough to carry books, binders and all the little extras they carry from class to class.

Lucky Brand Penny Lane tote, on sale for
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Lucky Brand Penny Lane tote, on sale for $118.30; at luckybrand.com.

This sturdy Sea Bags for J. Crew tote
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This sturdy Sea Bags for J. Crew tote is hand-crafted in Maine from reclaimed sails, and no two are exactly alike, $165; at jcrew.com.

This Steve Madden BSHIMMER tote comes in three
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This Steve Madden BSHIMMER tote comes in three different colors, $128; at stevemadden.com.

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This Steve Madden BDULCIE studded leather tote makes
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This Steve Madden BDULCIE studded leather tote makes the perfect fall accessory, $108; at stevemadden.com.

Forever 21 Southwest E/W tote, $32.80; at forever21.com.
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Forever 21 Southwest E/W tote, $32.80; at forever21.com.

This Roxy Speak Up tote bag has a
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This Roxy Speak Up tote bag has a cute pattern and three front pockets perfect for holding pens, a calculator, wallet and cell phone, $28; at roxy.com.

This Rugby Ralph Lauren canvas and leather tote
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This Rugby Ralph Lauren canvas and leather tote bag is embroidered with skulls for a tough but preppy style. It has exterior and interior pockets, $89.50; at rugby.com.

Kate Spade Daycation Bon Shopper, $148; at katespade.com.
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Kate Spade Daycation Bon Shopper, $148; at katespade.com.

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Cole Haan Crosby nylon shopper, $198; at piperlime.com.
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Cole Haan Crosby nylon shopper, $198; at piperlime.com.

My biotiful bags are eco-friendly and organic, and
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My biotiful bags are eco-friendly and organic, and they've been seen on celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Denise Richards, $45; at mybiotifulbag.us.

This Anthropologie Passing Paisleys tote has a bright
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This Anthropologie Passing Paisleys tote has a bright design, leather trim and snap closure, $78; at anthropologie.com.

This Gap drawstring hobo bag is flexible and
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This Gap drawstring hobo bag is flexible and full of pockets, $39.95; at gap.com.

Victoria's Secret PINK zip tote, $19.50; at victoriassecret.com.
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Victoria's Secret PINK zip tote, $19.50; at victoriassecret.com.

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Danielle Nicole jelly tote, on sale for $39.99;
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Danielle Nicole jelly tote, on sale for $39.99; at piperlime.com.

This Kohl's Cares tote is from the ELLE
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This Kohl's Cares tote is from the ELLE collection. Not only is it fashionable, but 100 percent of the net profit will help fight Breast Cancer, $10; at kohls.com.

This Francesca's Collection Stripe Story tote has interior
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This Francesca's Collection Stripe Story tote has interior and exterior zip pockets and two interior pouches, $44; at francescascollections.com.

O'Neill Boardwalk tote, on sale for $29.99; at
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O'Neill Boardwalk tote, on sale for $29.99; at zappos.com.

This imitation leather and suede H&M bag is
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This imitation leather and suede H&M bag is available in three colors, $29.95; at select H&M stores.

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This Madewell Caravan Mailbag has sturdy canvas straps
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This Madewell Caravan Mailbag has sturdy canvas straps and a vintage feel, $78; at madewell.com.

Princess Vera Wang quilted canvas logo tote, on
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Princess Vera Wang quilted canvas logo tote, on sale for $41.40; at kohls.com.

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