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Despite frequent reminders at the hands of my mother detailing my exact purpose at University (to learn and get a first class degree) I can’t help but feel inconvenienced by lectures. Contrary to popular thought, this isn’t because of the extensive reading and learning that they force upon me but rather the friends they insist I be accompanied by when in attendance; books – big books require even bigger bags, which can often serve as enemies of style.
As we glide through September and approach the back to school season this issue of book obesity has made the journey back to the forefront of my mind. Consequently, I have gone out in search of five bags that are both stylish and literature-slimming in a bid to battle against the inconveniences that plagued my freshmen year.
This stylish Fred Perry laptop case falls short of bag status but is ideal for those cool Macbook carriers. With its rough crocodile type finish it oozes style and will accompany any outfit well. This comes in at £40.
For the in-lecture texters who attend with just a notepad and pen in hand this lightweight holdall from Topman is perfect. In a khaki green it’ll match with almost anything – its long nature also makes it the perfect book carrier. This also comes in at £40.
For the more refined modern day gentleman this tan coloured Cambridge satchel provides the right level of cool whilst at the same time being wholly pragmatic in size – it is large enough to fit a wealth of books, allowing for academic success. You can pick this up for £114.
This khaki backpack from Fred Perry is best for the late comer. With two straps it can be easily attached to the back allowing for easy sprinting sessions to lectures and seminars alike. It’s spacious nature will also allow for added extras like a bottle of water and a face towel because there’s no worse pain than running into a lecture hot, sweaty and dehydrated. This comes in at £125.
This burgundy sausage bag from Fred Perry is well suited for those who place University in second place to sport. It’ll house joggers and other gym attire with great ease allowing enough space for the odd text book to be curved in around them, all the while maintaining a strong sense of style. You can pick this up for 60GBP.