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Backpacks that double as purses

Elizabeth Mitchell is a freelance fashion and beauty writer living in Los Angeles. A graduate of New York University, she regularly contributes to The Fashion Spot, The Luxury Spot and authors the Star Style column for StyleBakery Teen. ...

Take a load off with these backpack purses

Look ma, no hands! Let's face it; every girl could use a great backpack in her life, whether she's hitting the books or the town. They're cute, convenient and big enough to fit all of your essentials. Plus, they free up your hands to do more important things like text your BFF or take a selfie, duh. Here are five we're currently crushing on.

Mojo Puff'd Pyramid Backpack

Mojo Puff'd Pyramid Backpack

Perfect for the girl who likes the look and feel of a traditional backpack but is anything but traditional, this bold, bright bag is sure to stand out from the crowd be it at school or a music festival. Made of a lightweight and water-resistant nylon, it features fun stud details on the front and plenty of storage space for your personal stuff and tech gadgets. (Mojobackpacks.com, $35)

New Look Backpack in Owl Print

New Look Backpack in Owl Print

Hoot, hoot hooray for this adorable owl print backpack. Young and fun yet still decidedly grownup, it has adjustable straps so you can wear it as a backpack or slung over one shoulder like a purse as soon as school lets out. With plenty of pockets to choose from, you'll never have to worry about finding a place to stash your cell phone or lip gloss. (Asos.com, $38)

PeleCheCoco Renewal Axl Backpack

PeleCheCoco Renewal Axl Backpack

A black leather backpack is a fab choice for any fashionista who's always on the run because you can carry it with you practically anywhere. Great for day or night, this baby is classic, cutting edge and looks cool with either jeans or a dress. We can totally picture Cher in Clueless sporting it to school or Mary Kate Olsen rocking it out on the streets today. (Urbanoutfitters.com, $149)

Old Trend Washed Leather Hobo Bag

Old Trend Washed Leather Hobo Bag

Feast your eyes on this super-soft and slouchy leather stunner, which offers studious free spirits the best of both worlds. Long double straps make it oh, so simple to don as a backpack for class, but then wait; it turns into a relaxed hobo too. Just throw it on over your shoulder to instantly update your look. Um, we wanted one like, yesterday. (Freepeople.com, $478)

Nicole by Nicole Miller Wendy Backpack

Nicole by Nicole Miller Wendy Backpack

Lighten your load and give your back a rest with this basic black bucket-shaped backpack that quickly converts into a shoulder bag. All you have to do is remove the straps, and voilà, you've got a brand spanking new purse. Oh, and did we mention that the top handle comes off too? Gotta love that for school. (Jcpenney.com, $37)

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