Choosing a school bag is a bit like choosing a chemistry partner (or a chemistry partner, if you know what we mean).

You want them to be reliable and strong, but also look good on your shoulder and cute in photographs.

They need to give you all the space you need, but also open up whenever you need that too.

You need to be able to trust them to hold on to your most valuable things, and not kick up a fuss if they have to sit on the floor for a bit.

So here’s a roundup of the bags we’re crushing on. Cue heart eyes.

The Party Animal

ASOS bag

The life of the party. It’s a bag that will turn heads in the street and make all your friends swoon.

ASOS structured metallic shopper bag, ASOS, £22

 

The Safe Bet

H_M with ties

Timeless and reliable. This is the bag you marry/do a perfect A* chemistry project with.

Shopper with ties, H&M, £14.99

 

The Sweet One

New Look backpack

Adorable and comfy. If it had thumbs, it would always text to make sure you got home ok.

Pink leather-look backpack, New Look, £19.99

The Traveller

 

Hollister

 

This bag is colourful and exciting and it’s in for the long haul. This bag will stay with you wherever you want to go.

Printed nylon backpack, Hollister, £29 

 

The Deep One

Boohoo bag

This bag has depth. Sure, sometimes things will get lost at the bottom, but on the plus side it’s willing to take on all of your emotional baggage.

Contrast panel snake effect shopper bag, Boohoo, £6

The Chiller

H_M Shopper

This bag is super relaxed, it’s happy to do whatever you want. It’ll happily eat cereal for dinner and wear pyjamas all day. Though if you crave an organised treasure trove of compartments, this probably isn’t for you.

Shopper, H&M, £14.99

 

The Fling

Paperchase bag

This is the bag that probably won’t last forever, but is so fun you don’t really care.

Cosmetics shopper bag, Paperchase, £6.50

Image: Katie Edmunds