Back in the old days, shopping for school supplies signified impending doom. The mere sight of those number two pencils and composition notebooks at the drugstore was enough to send anyone running in the other direction. Fortunately, college students have it a lot easier - there's something strangely ENJOYABLE about shopping for on-campus style necessities, whether they're classroom essentials or bags to haul heavy loads.
What makes it even more fun? Choosing luxurious tote bags that actually add a sense of style to your academic apparel. I've chosen several that are sure to make life on the go a little easier - and they're all under $50, too. This Street Level Colorblock Faux Leather Tote ($44) is especially chic, thanks to its trend-driven design and rich, fall-inspired colors.
Panels of faux leather lend this Aldo Witwer Tote ($50) a classic appearance. Inside is where it really shines, though: open it up to reveal three spacious compartments. The center zippered area is perfect for keeping small items organized.
If you're keeping it casual, opt for a sturdy canvas material strong enough to support your typical daily load. The French Connection Lake Shopper ($38.11) is lean and roomy, with contrasting faux leather panels along the seams to add a little style to the mix.
Saving the best for last, I suggest the R & Em Runaway Tote ($49.26), which, should you choose to take off, really is capable of stowing it all. With a spacious outer pocket that safely holds everything from a wallet to an iPad, it features a plethora of interior pockets and is trimmed with tan for a classic look.