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For the cool kid you are NOW

Reading, writing and arithmetic may have been a part of our past -- but fashion remains very much in our future! Whether you are headed back to school or your super-cool daughter is off to school, these are some backpack must-haves!

For the cool kid you are NOW

Tulle-Around Backpack

I was not remotely cool when I was in high school back in the mid-'90, so this Tulle-Around Backpack ($60) would never have happened. Now, though, I'm rocking it as my airport carry-on -- and anywhere else I can get away with it. Ruffles for the win!

For the cool kid you are NOW

Juicy Couture Trinity Backpack

Can a backpack be glam? The luxe quilting on this Trinity Backpack ($258) by Juicy Couture comes pretty close!

For the cool kid you are NOW

Fade out leather backpack

While there's a part of my revisionist back to schooler that was adorably elegant, the major essence is rocker hipster -- and for that, this Fade out leather backpack ($248) from Anthropologie is ideal!

For the cool kid you are NOW

Bling backpack

I may have saved the best for last. Because I'm so obsessed with this Bling Backpack ($70) by Victoria's Secret PINK, I've been sharing the link with all my friends all morning. Isn't it amazing? I'm a firm believer glitter makes the world go round -- just ask Carrie Bradshaw! -- and this bag is a perfect example!

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