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.
Tween-friendly patterns like peace signs, butterflies and polka dots, $15 each at select Old Navy stores.
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 backback from Lego ($36) at ebags.com.
Quirky little robot backpack by Beatrix Little, $42 at Lester's in Greenvale and Huntington.
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 bags are Joe Cool all the way. Hurley Einstein (24.99) and Electric Caliber Corpo ($44).
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 season's most popular designs; $29.99 at ebags.com.
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.
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.
For shining students: Silver sequin backpack by Confetti NY; $18 at Lester's, Greenvale and Huntington.
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 by Angry Little Girls, $36, at ebags.com.
This ninja backpack from Sprayground is hot, with lots of pockets and zippered compartments; $48 at Nordstorm and sprayground.net.