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Back to school style: Best backpacks

A vibrant pop of color plus star graphic

A vibrant pop of color plus star graphic with make this back by MIguelrius, designed by Agatha Ruiz De La Prada a true standout ($49.99) at ebags.com. Photo Credit: Handout

If there is a universal back-to-school accessory that spans ages and grades, it is the backpack. For little ones, it's pretty much about fun graphics. But as kids get older, their load gets heavier (too heavy, argue many), and the backpack needs to combine form and function.

Girls are going positively dotty for these fun
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Girls are going positively dotty for these fun packs; $39.50 at select Victoria's Secret stores and vspink.com.

Tween-friendly patterns like peace signs, butterflies and polka
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Tween-friendly patterns like peace signs, butterflies and polka dots, $15 each at select Old Navy stores.

A vibrant pop of color plus star graphic
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A vibrant pop of color plus star graphic with make this back by MIguelrius, designed by Agatha Ruiz De La Prada a true standout ($49.99) at ebags.com.

This backpack is appropriately dubbed
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This backpack is appropriately dubbed "The Kitchen Sink," with padded laptop sleeve, headphone port, media player and eyewear pockets; $200 at ebags.com.

For your soccer-Lego loving fellow here's the perfect
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For your soccer-Lego loving fellow here's the perfect backback from Lego ($36) at ebags.com.

Quirky little robot backpack by Beatrix Little, $42
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Quirky little robot backpack by Beatrix Little, $42 at Lester's in Greenvale and Huntington.

Spawned from skate and surf wear these two
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Spawned from skate and surf wear these two bags are Joe Cool all the way. Hurley Einstein (24.99) and Electric Caliber Corpo ($44)

Spawned from skate and surf wear these two
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Spawned from skate and surf wear these two bags are Joe Cool all the way. Hurley Einstein (24.99) and Electric Caliber Corpo ($44).

Graphic camouflage is popular this season. This bright
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Graphic camouflage is popular this season. This bright bag from Wildkin ($29.99) is available at ebags.com.

This zebra print Jansport number is among the
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This zebra print Jansport number is among the season's most popular designs; $29.99 at ebags.com.

It's a pretty workhorse from Vera Bradley with
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It's a pretty workhorse from Vera Bradley with this laptop pack that features one of the designer's signature prints -- very berry paisley -- and comfy quilting but also offers functional features such as compartments for binders, folders and a 15" laptop. $98 at verabradley.com, Vera Bradley stores and ebags.com.

Graphic backpack from 77kids by American Eagle, $29.50
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Graphic backpack from 77kids by American Eagle, $29.50 at 77kids.com.

Funny and boyishly
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Funny and boyishly "gross" is the Bluebeard backpack ($12.71) The Children's Place stores and childrensplace.com.

This North Face backpack called
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This North Face backpack called "the Surge," fits all the technology you can carry, and is specifically designed to fit a woman's body. $115.00 at ebags.com.

Plaid is a fresh, new backpack look available
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Plaid is a fresh, new backpack look available ($12.71) at The Children's Place stores and childrensplace.com.

For shining students: Silver sequin backpack by Confetti
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For shining students: Silver sequin backpack by Confetti NY; $18 at Lester's, Greenvale and Huntington.

Ralph Lauren's new Big Pony backpacks comes in
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Ralph Lauren's new Big Pony backpacks comes in multi colors and with complementary monogram, $65 at ralphlauren.com.

Go on prep patrol with Ralph Lauren Children's
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Go on prep patrol with Ralph Lauren Children's with a new Big Pony backpack ($65) available in Newport Navy, Maui Pink, Slicker Yellow, Basketball Orange and Golf Green. And you can get a complementary monogram in 10 different thread colors at ralphlauren.com.

The superheroes are girls on this fun backpack
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The superheroes are girls on this fun backpack by Angry Little Girls, $36, at ebags.com.

This ninja backpack from Sprayground is hot, with
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This ninja backpack from Sprayground is hot, with lots of pockets and zippered compartments; $48 at Nordstorm and sprayground.net.

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