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School Messenger Bags

Cheryl Cirelli
Pink messenger bag

Messenger bags are designed in a variety of styles that focus on a student's needs. You can find bags ranging from ones featuring cute, novelty designs for younger kids to those done in designer styles for teens and college-aged students. Messenger bags are a popular choice not only because of their style but versatility. Another appealing feature of a messenger bag is that the design makes it easy to access your items. Unlike a backpack, a messenger bag is held on your side allowing you to reach in for a ringing phone or to find a pen. With plenty of pockets and a flap to secure your items, these bags are as practical as they are stylish.

Bag Styles for Teens and College Students

Most teens and college students are looking for a messenger bag that offers functionality along with style. Bags that can hold a laptop as well as bottles of water and a change of clothes are ideal for this age group.


Timbuk2 features a collection of stylish bags appropriate for school and work. The bags are mainly done in solid or two-tone colors. Common features include adjustable shoulder straps, roomy pockets, water bottle pockets and a magnetic flap closures. Depending on the size and exact style of bag chosen, prices range from $40 to $180.

Simply Bags Messenger Bag
Simply Bags Messenger Bag

Simply Bags

Simply Bags offers school messenger bags suitable for the college crowd. Bags are priced under $35 and can be monogrammed for an additional fee. Messenger bags from Simply Bags are not only practical but are very stylish in their design. They can be worn cross-body or over the shoulder with the adjustable web fabric strap.

Messenger Bags for Younger Students

When you're shopping for the younger crowd, you want to make sure the bag is sized appropriately for the student's body and won't be cumbersome to carry. Choose a smaller, lightweight bag that is roomy enough to hold their school essentials. Consider the following brands and stores when shopping for tweens or elementary-aged students:


Target offers messenger bags for elementary-aged kids that have designs that appeal to the girly-girl or the skater boy, and prices start at just under $20 and range up to about $50. Styles include bright geometric patterns, bold colors, and more understated designs, so there's something for everyone.

Lands' End

Lands' End features lightweight messenger bags that are ideal for kids and tweens. You can find a variety of styles from solid colors to pink dots to blue plaid. These bags range in price from under $20 to $40. All bags are constructed from nylon and have a roomy interior as well as a zippered exterior pocket and an adjustable, padded shoulder strap for added comfort. Many styles include a reflective trim that helps keep kids visible and a water-repellent finish for easy cleaning.

Lillian Vernon

Lillian Vernon offers a couple messenger bags for younger kids. One is a Poodle design, and the other features a blue on pink Aqua Dots pattern. The bags are priced under $15 and feature roomy interiors and adjustable straps. Each bag has additional utility pockets for cell phones, water bottles, etc., to keep kids organized, and the bags can be personalized for no additional charge.

Ideal For All Ages

A smart alternative to the traditional backpack, messenger bags have become a favorite among students of all ages. Due to modern designs and practical construction, messenger bags provide style and carrying comfort in a way that many other bags cannot. With a variety of designs and colors, there is sure to be a messenger bag to fit any student's needs and style. Since messenger bags come in a wide variety of sizes, styles and colors, they appeal to people of all ages. Students in elementary school to college will enjoy carrying this style of bag that is not only trendy but practical.

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School Messenger Bags