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The adult backpack trend is anything but amateur

Chrissy Callahan is a freelance beauty/fashion writer and editor. She has written for a variety of different websites and covered everything from NY Fashion Week to interviews with top industry professionals. For the latest beauty and fa...

This kiddie trend is suddenly stylish for adults, too

I'm pretty sure the last time I wore a backpack was in high school. You see, the inner fashionista in me never fully appreciated the generic book-toting bag that all my classmates seemed to wear with pride. In fact, in college I boycotted backpacks entirely in favor of a sleek pink laptop bag. Yep, I was that dedicated to fashion.

But now that backpacks have been creeping into the high fashion realm the past few seasons and are poised to be one of fall's hottest trends, I'm considering giving them a second chance. With some of the hottest designers and celebrities showing off fun ways to style the typically casual look, you could say I'm a bit intrigued. While I'm deciding whether to jump back into the back-to-school-inspired style, I'll be taking inspiration from these stylish ladies.

Funny lady Kristen Bell toted her black backpack on the red carpet with her for a recent press appearance.

Funny lady Kristen Bell toted her black backpack on the red carpet with her for a recent press appearance.

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If Mother Monster herself Lady Gaga can make a backpack look high fashion, you know it's worth trying.

If Mother Monster herself Lady Gaga can make a backpack look high fashion, you know it's worth trying.

Photo credit: Will Alexander/WENN.com

Diane Kruger made her backpack Coachella cool, but the look would work all summer long if you ask us.

Diane Kruger made her backpack Coachella cool, but the look would work all summer long if you ask us.

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Matching your backpack to your trench coat is a fun way to try out the trend, a la Olivia Palermo.

Matching your backpack to your trench coat is a fun way to try out the trend, a la Olivia Palermo.

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Lily Allen looked too cool for school in a maroon jacket, denim skinnies and a beige backpack slung over her shoulders.

Lily Allen looked too cool for school in a maroon jacket, denim skinnies and a beige backpack slung over her shoulders.

Photo credit: Will Alexander/WENN.com

Backpacks come in all colors of the rainbow, so you're sure to find one to fit your personality, like Rita Ora did.

Backpacks come in all colors of the rainbow, so you're sure to find one to fit your personality, like Rita Ora did.

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Katy Perry knows well that tiny backpacks can polish off a preppy outfit.

Katy Perry knows well that tiny backpacks can polish off a preppy outfit.

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Shop the look

LANY Let's Twist Again Backpack (lanystyle.com, $60)

LANY Let's Twist Again Backpack (lanystyle.com, $60)

Selena Gomez has been spotted wearing this one, so that makes it cool enough for us.

Welcome Backpack (modcloth.com, $68)

Welcome Backpack (modcloth.com, $68)

Large enough to tote all your daily essentials but definitely not bulky like your former book bags.

Trendy Clueless Backpack in Seafoam (dailylook.com, $65)

Trendy Clueless Backpack in Seafoam

Pretty pastel colors can convert any hesitant fashionista to the growing backpack trend.

Call it Spring Glod Backpack (callitspring.com, $40)

Call it Spring Glod Backpack

Carry it for travel or to add a touch of sass to your daily street style.

Beauty.com x Adam Selman Miss Baby Backpack (Beauty.com, free with any $100 purchase)

Beauty.com x Adam Selman Miss Baby Backpack (Beauty.com, free with any $100 purchase)

Rihanna's costume designer Adam Selman designed this baby backpack for the busy, trendy gal and filled it with loads of free beauty samples. Sounds like a win win to us.

We want to know: Are backpacks a fashion must or no?

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