7 Best Women’s Backpacks in the UK for 2020

The 90’s backpack trend started to creep again in the fashion industry in 2014, and never stopped being the hottest trend from then on. The reason is simple: The new backpack is the epitome of style and comfort.

Budget
Best Anti-Theft Backpack,BINGONE 15.6 inch Laptop Rucksack,Black
Value-for-Money
Rains Unisex_Adult Backpack Daypack, Black (Black)
The Best
Visconti Leather Backpack Style 18258 Black
Best Anti-Theft Backpack,BINGONE 15.6 inch Laptop Rucksack,Black
Rains Unisex_Adult Backpack Daypack, Black (Black)
Visconti Leather Backpack Style 18258 Black
Dimensions
31 x 14 x 46 cm
15.75 cm x 11 cm x 3.54 cm (mini), 47 cm x 29 cm x 11 cm (large)
25cm x 34cm x 12cm
Material
Nylon
Synthetic
Leather
Water resistant
Closure
Zipper
Swivel Latch
Zipper
Anti-theft design
Price not available
£56.24
£79.99
Budget
Best Anti-Theft Backpack,BINGONE 15.6 inch Laptop Rucksack,Black
Best Anti-Theft Backpack,BINGONE 15.6 inch Laptop Rucksack,Black
Dimensions
31 x 14 x 46 cm
Material
Nylon
Water resistant
Closure
Zipper
Anti-theft design
Price not available
Value-for-Money
Rains Unisex_Adult Backpack Daypack, Black (Black)
Rains Unisex_Adult Backpack Daypack, Black (Black)
Dimensions
15.75 cm x 11 cm x 3.54 cm (mini), 47 cm x 29 cm x 11 cm (large)
Material
Synthetic
Water resistant
Closure
Swivel Latch
Anti-theft design
£56.24
The Best
Visconti Leather Backpack Style 18258 Black
Visconti Leather Backpack Style 18258 Black
Dimensions
25cm x 34cm x 12cm
Material
Leather
Water resistant
Closure
Zipper
Anti-theft design
£79.99

Whether you are heading to the gym or you are about to have an important business meeting, there is an ideal backpack for every occasion. They are spacious, ready to carry all your essentials, and most importantly: They respect the importance of your spinal cord and let you move with free hands.

As you might have already guessed by now, in this article, we will talk about 7 statement backpacks that will make you stand out on every occasion. In our research, we have taken into account the latest trends in backpacks, reviews from buyers and the online ordering availability. After all, there is nothing better than shopping from the convenience of your home, right?

Without further ado, we present you the 7 Best List of Women’s Backpacks:

BrandFabricPrice 
Visconti
(Editor's pick)
Leather££
Kipling Waterproof££
RainsWaterproof£££
XD DesignWaterproof, Anti-theft££
Expatrié “Noelle” RucksackVegan Leather££
The North FaceNylon££
KiplingVarious£££

1. Visconti Leather Backpack Style 18258

In A Few Words

Visconti Leather Backpack Style 18258
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The Minimal Chic Durable Backpack

 

 

 

At A Glance

  • Timeless and clever design; it folds in triangle shape and closes with a metal buckle
  • Made of real leather
Pros
  • Smart design
  • High quality, durable materials
  • Can also be used as a tote bag when unfolded
  • Classic, timeless design
Cons
  • Only four colours available
  • The folded version is not very roomy
  • Price
Details

  • Dimensions: 25cm x 34cm x 12cm
  • Weight: 948g
  • Material: Leather
  • Fully lined inside
  • Zipped pockets: 4; 2 vertical fronts, 1 inside and 1 at the back
  • Grab handle
  • Adjustable zipped backpack straps

Materials/Design

Visconti’s leathers are known for their premium quality, and this little and cute bag is no exception. The leather is soft and very durable, as stated by numerous buyers. Hence, we find the price logical even though it is quite high. Without a doubt, it is a bag that will accompany you for years and years to come.

The longevity of the bag is the reason why Visconti sticks with classic, timeless designs. This particular backpack is both minimal and practical. When you need a tote back for your everyday shopping, all you have to do is unfold the upper part and remove the backpack straps. It is just that simple. Another plus of the design is the security it provides when it is folded at your back. The two front zipper pockets are folded inside, not visible to the public eye.

Colour Options

The classic colour options complete the overall sleek and classy look of this bag. No flashy and fancy colour options here. Namely, this backpack is available in 4 colours: Black, brown, red and navy. The navy colour seems a little bit more to the green side online, but the company warns that the colouration might be different, so it would be a good idea to ascertain the hue of the bag before ordering if this is a deal breaker for you.

Our Opinion

Visconti’s leather 18258 backpack is a classic piece. It is a bag you can hold or carry for at least a decade or more with the right care. It is also versatile because you can convert it to a tote bag whenever you want. It is stylish and safe for your Tube transfers. A bit pricey but definitely worth the money.

Ideal for:

  • Casual chic outfits
  • Business chic outfits
  • Everyday use

2. Kipling Women’s Fundamental Backpack

In A Few Words

Kipling Women’s Fundamental Backpack
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The Youthful Everyday Backpack.

 

 

At A Glance

  • Modern, boxy design
  • Fun colours
  • Water resistant material (93% polyamide, 7% polyester)
Pros
  • Modern design
  • Lightweight and durable materials
  • Multiple compartments
  • Comfortable, broad straps
Cons
  • Price
  • Not for every occasion

Details

  • Dimensions: 42cm x 42cm x 16.5 cm
  • Weight: 420g
  • Capacity: 19L
  • Material: 93% polyamide (outer) , 7% polyester (lining)
  • The main compartment closes with cord
  • 5 zipped pockets: 2 in the front, 1 at the one side, 1 at the back and 1 inside

Design/Material

Kipling was a top brand of backpacks back in the ‘90s, and now -surprise, surprise- is back in the game! This new line keeps up with the latest trends, with bold colours and geometrical motifs. A Kipling bag can accompany you to the campus, the gym, a friendly house and elevate any casual outfit. It can fit a medium-sized laptop easily or an A4 pad and all the other women’s essential (make-up pouches, glasses, tissues etc.)

The nylon material used for the outer shell is of excellent quality. Thus the bag is very durable. Moreover, it makes the bag water resistant, which is very important if you carry your college notes with you.

Colour Options

This line has many options regarding colour. From vivid hues of turquoise to neon pinks, subtle greys and deep purples. Kipling has something for every taste.

Our Opinion

Kipling’s Fundamental Backpack is a medium-sized casual backpack. It has enough room for the everyday essentials in every woman’s bag, and it is available in various colours and patterns. Some bags of the line are pricier than others, but overall you can find good deals on Amazon.co.uk. Ideal for:

  • Everyday use
  • Students
  • Visits to the gym
  • Short Trips

3. Rains Backpack (Large or Mini version)

In A Few Words

Rains Backpack (Large or Mini version)
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The Working Commuter’s Stylish Backpack.

 

 

At A Glance

  • Minimal, formal design
  • Made to carry laptops of 15’’ and 13’’ (large and mini size respectively)
  • Waterproof outer shell
Pros
  • Minimal, sleek design
  • Ideal for strict business outfits
  • Comfortable
  • Waterproof materials
  • Ideal for laptops
Cons
  • Only 1 main compartment and 1 inside pocket for the phone
  • Seems a little bulky on petite women


Details

  • Dimensions: 15.75 cm x 11 cm x 3.54 cm (mini)
    • 47 cm x 29 cm x  11 cm (large)
  • 1 main compartment
  • Weight: 190g/m2
  • 2 inside pockets; 1 for a 15’’ or a 13’’ laptop and 1 for a phone
  • Capacity: approximately 14.3 lt
  • 1 zipped pocket at the back
  • Material: 50% polyester (waterproof), 50% PU
  • Adjustable non-padded shoulder straps

Material/Design

This backpack is made by RAINS, so it comes to no surprise that the material used is a heavy polyester that is highly waterproof. This is the foremost advantage of this backpack. With this on your back, you are sure your valuable papers will be safe no matter the weather’s mood.

The design is simple, leaning towards the minimal business chic trend. The height is the bag’s biggest dimension so that the weight is distributed evenly on your body as you carry it. Thus, it feels comfortable for hours even if it is packed with all the things you need in a day.

Colour Options

The colour palette of this backpack is not huge but not very restrictive, either. Apart from the usual strict colours (greys and blacks) we picked out some interesting hues, the colours Rust, Khaki and the vibrant Red Cherry.

Our Opinion

Rains Backpack is a stylish and practical backpack, made to alleviate a commuter’s hard everyday life. It is ideal for you if:

  • You commute every day for long hours
  • You are caught in the rain frequently
  • You like minimal backpacks

4. XD Design, Bobby Anti-Theft Bag

In A Few Words

XD Design, Bobby Anti-Theft Bag
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The Pickpocket’s Nightmare Backpack

 

 

 

At A Glance

  • Anti-theft fabric and design
  • Water resistant, re-used PU material
  • Includes an integrated USB charging port
Pros
  • Modern, colour block design
  • Anti-Theft design and fabric
  • Water repellent materials
  • USB charging port
  • Hidden pockets on straps for extra convenience
Cons
  • Not so durable straps
  • Internal space not so big


Details

  • Dimensions: 45 cm x 30 cm x 16.5 cm
  • Weight: 848g
  • Materials: PVC, Polyester
  • 8 Compartments:
    • 1 Laptop compartment 27 cm W x 33 cm H x 3,5 cm D
    • 1 Tablet compartment 25.5 cm W x 12 cm H x 1 cm D
    • 1 Bottle compartment 9 cm W x 14 cm H x 5 cm D
    • 1 Top compartment with pockets for pens 20 cm W x 10 cm H x 5 cm D
    • 1 Hidden Back pocket 28 cm W x 13 cm H x 2 cm D
    • 3 Hidden Side pockets 12,5 cm W x 15cm H x 2 cm D
  • Capacity: 13 lt
  • USB charging port with an output of 2.4 A
  • 3 ways of opening the bag: at 30, 90 and 180 degrees
  • Reflective straps are seen from every angle for road security

Material/Design

XD Design has introduced a really innovative backpack design to the world. The team focused on practicality and comfort, so they chose durable, water-repellent materials. Taking into account that the fabric of the bag’s bottom half is reinforced with 6 mm anti-shock foam and cut-proof protection board, the bag is surprisingly lightweight. All the zippers are hidden, with the opening close to your back. Moreover, the bag has extra hidden pockets on its sides, so that you can have easy access to things you often reach (wallet, phone) without taking off your bag.

Inside, the bag is a true organiser; every single thing meets its designated pocket – your laptop, pens, tablet, even your bottle water!

Colour Options

The basic colour combinations of Bobby are 3: black, grey and red. Recently, though, the company has released some additional, more girly colours, such as grey and mint or grey and pastel yellow. We believe there are more to come in the near future!

Our Opinion

Overall, we are very impressed with this backpack. It is water resistant, colourful, practical, keeps things organised and thieves away! Clearly, it is not the ideal choice for a polished business meeting, but you cannot have it all! It is ideal for you if:

  • You are obsessed with having things organised
  • You often travel to countries with high rates in pickpocketing tourists
  • You want to make your life easier when you are on the go

5. Expatrié “Noelle” Rucksack – Vegan Leather

In A Few Words

Expatrié “Noelle” Rucksack – Vegan Leather
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A Classic, Affordable Piece for Vegans

 

 

 

At A Glance

  • Modern, sleek design with engraved letters of the brand at the front
  • Ideal for every outfit
Pros
  • Minimal design
  • Affordable Price
  • Made from High-quality faux leather
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Internal space not so big
  • Available only in black and white colours


Details

  • Dimensions: 33.5 cm x 24 cm x 11 cm
  • Weight: 750 g
  • 3 inside compartments
  • 1 zipped pocket in the back
  • Closes with a combination of cord pulling and magnetic buckle
  • Adjustable shoulder straps
  • Capacity: 9 lt

Material/Design

Noelle is a cruelty-free bag, made of high-quality faux leather. The design is simple; just a plain black or white backpack with a buckle at the top. There is no extra pocket in the front of the bag, something that doesn’t invite pickpockets to approach and the cotton straps can be adjusted to fit your body perfectly.

Colour Options

You have only two options with Noelle. It is either total black or white. While this might seem restrictive at first glance, there is an advantage that lies underneath; these two basic colours are ideal for every outfit! There is no way you can go wrong in styling this bag.

Our Opinion

Noelle might seem plain, but it is made of good quality materials, which means that it is a durable backpack, and the style is minimal and timeless. And, above all, it is cruelty-free, and the price is really reasonable. It is ideal for you if:

  • You are vegan, or you do not generally buy leather products by choice
  • You need a classic black or white backpack in your collection
  • You are buying on a budget

6. The North Face Women’s Borealis Backpack

In A Few Words

The North Face Women’s Borealis Backpack
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The Active Backpack ( for Hiking, Travelling or Just Busy College Days)

 

 

 

At A Glance

  • Designed to be comfortable and stylish
  • Made of different nylon, water repellent materials
Pros
  • Stylish, not too girly design
  • Multiple Compartments
  • Padded Comfortable Back
  • Fits a 15” laptop
  • Reflective elements for safety at night
Cons
  • High Price
  • Not for professional hikers


Details

  • Dimensions: 50 cm x 34.5 cm x 22 cm
  • Weight: 1.2 kg
  • Capacity: 28 lt
  • Reflective bike lights
  • 15” laptop pocket, cushioned and protected by the padded back
  • Two side mesh pockets for bottles
  • Two deep compartments with multiple pockets to organise your personal items
  • Bungee for extra storage (e.g. helmet ) at the front
  • Extra straps and a whistle attached

Material/Design

Borealis women’s backpack is made of nylon, and this fact makes it water-resistant and wind-proof. The padded back was designed to provide comfort to a woman’s back, which is something great as most unisex hiking backpacks do not fit properly on petite women and tend to be tiresome.

Inside the bag, there is enough room for a laptop and other various things, most of which can find their place in their designated pockets so that everything is neat and easily reachable.

Colour Options

Borealis is available in lots of different combinations. Usually, a pop of colour in the bungee cord declares the bag’s femininity. Some of them can be found on discount at amazon.co.uk.

Our Opinion

The North Face is known for its high-end backs. However, with Borealis, you are not paying just for the brand name. This is a durable bag, with lots of storage room, and most importantly, it is specially made for women. It is ideal for you if:

  • You lead a busy academic life, and you need your laptop with you all the time
  • You are an adventurous type and often go for light hiking
  • You are searching for a travelling backpack that is not too big and bulky.

7. Kipling Women’s City Pack S’ Backpack

In A Few Words

Kipling Women's City Pack S' Backpack Handbags
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The most popular pick.

At A Glance

  • Kipling City Pack S Soft Feather
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Synthetic
  • Closure: Zipper
  • Kipling City Pack S Soft Feather
  • Outer Material: Synthetic
  • Inner Material: Synthetic
  • Closure: Zipper
Pros
  • Great space yet compact
  • Stylish
  • Excellent design and construction quality
  • Durable
  • Fantastic finish
  • Value for money
Cons
  • The main compartment could have a 2-zip handle for even greater convenience


Details

One of Kipling’s most popular models, the City Pack S backpack is a genuine piece of art, shaped in a handy and very stylish backpack.

An amalgam of thoughtful design, excellent durability, and amazing practicality, it City S Pack comes in shiny tones, adorned with elegant snakeskin highlights or patent trims, making it one of the best combinations of sophisticated and feminine allure.

On the practical side, City S Pack is not found wanting. Several well-thought and easy-to-reach pockets and big compartments afford plenty of space, adequate for much more than your essentials, without being bulky of adding a heavy feel.