Stylish Alternative – A Canvas Backpack

There are a lot of backpacks out there to choose from these days, from the very basic to rather expensive models with a lot of extra bells and whistles. Canvas backpacks have been around for decades now and not the most modern of options many of them still offer great storage and function as well as a classic look that never really goes out of style. The fact that they are very affordable should not be overlooked either.


A canvas backpack for school, if it is well made, is every bit as tough as some of its pricier counterparts. The fact that the canvas has a little bit of extra “give” can be helpful as well, especially if you have a lot of oddly shaped items to carry. Here are some great examples of a canvas backpack that are practical, stylish and whose price tag will not break the bank.

OD VINTAGE STAR BACKPACK – This is a canvas backpack that has a lot of understated style and it would be perfect for anyone – male or female – who likes a more casual laid back style when it comes to backpacks, canvas or otherwise. It has two wide shoulder straps for extra comfort and two big and roomy exterior pockets for extra storage. The star graphic on the top of this canvas backpack is really what gives it its rather unique appearance and the muted khaki color “goes” with almost anything. Perfect when your “ego” needs a boost when you feel down.

European Style Rucksack Backpack Heavyweight Canvas Bag – This is a heavy duty canvas backpack designed to carry a lot of stuff. Fashioned after a European style hiking rucksack this canvas backpack is as though as it is functional. In addition to two roomy side pockets, it has an exterior back pocket and a pocked lid so you really can carry an awful lot of gear on the bus, even when you hate that way of transportation.

Stone Washed Backpack with Leather Accents – This rather stylish canvas backpack is inspired by an army backpack but looks anything but ordinary. The leather accents are a nice touch and it features two exterior front pockets ideal for stashing smaller electronics and things you want to keep close at hand.

Caselogic Canvas Backpack with 13-Inch Laptop Storage – Thanks to its interior laptop pocket this canvas backpack is the perfect casual choice for the college student (or even the more laid back business person) It can comfortably accommodate laptops up to 13 inches long and also features a handy front storage pocket. The design on the front of this canvas backpack – it looks like a cascade of bubbles – gives it a very attractive look as well.

Rothco Khaki Vintage Mini Backpack – Most ladies know the feeling. They have more stuff to carry around that can fit in the average pocketbook but not enough to merit a full-size backpack. This mini canvas backpack is the ideal compromise. Its stonewashed canvas exterior is a great shade of slightly greenish khaki and the big bold star on the top of the backpack gives it its funky style. There are exterior pockets for storing all kinds of small items. The shoulder straps are easily adjustable but there is also a handy carrying handle right on the top.