Best Messenger Bags for College & School Students

Rolling backpacks just aren’t stylish. Functional, yes… fashion statement, no. Tote bags are nice for school, but they can’t be slung over your shoulder. I don’t know about you, but unless a bag is slung over my shoulder, I only feel comfortable carrying it on my right side.

That’s where a cute messenger bags for school come into play. Messenger bags can be easily worn on either shoulder, they’re often adjustable and you can find them in a variety of colors and styles, if you know where to look.

If you prefer a backpack over a messenger bag, please read our dedicated guide to the best college and school  backpacks.

I Suggest You Buy Your Cute Messenger Bags on Amazon

I LOVE Amazon because they’ve got a huge collection of really cute messenger bags for women to choose from. I’m going to show you a few here, but once you go to the site you’ll see that they’re constantly adding new styles, designs, and colors.

I’ve ordered at least half a dozen messenger bags on Amazon… yes, I’m addicted! I live in the city, so I do a lot of walking. I use messenger bags like big handbags. They’re perfect for putting all my smaller shopping bags and books in. I even do light grocery shopping with messenger bags.

Amazon is good because if you place an order over $25, shipping is free. That’s always a nice perk. Plus Amazon is one of the most well-known online storefronts. This isn’t a fly-by-night company that you have to feel nervous about sharing your payment details with.

K-Cliffs Lifestyle Pink Sparse Floral Messenger Bag

At the time that I’m writing this, the K-Cliffs Lifestyle Pink Sparse Floral Messenger Bag has over 120 reviews on Amazon – 101 of those being 5 star reviews. But it’s not just because it’s a cute messenger bag for school.

This cherry blossom-esque darling is big enough to fit any 15.4 inch laptop. Reviewers say it’s also big enough to hold books, a portable mouse and your other goodies quite easily. The pockets are padded for extra protection. K-Cliffs also has a matching netbook case.

Blue Vine Terry Messenger Bag by J World New York


Remember I said I like to wear my messenger bags as a purse? Well this floral pattern messenger bag is perfect for school or kicking around town. It’s not huge, which is nice when you don’t want to be weighed down.

It can hold a tablet, a netbook or a small laptop, in addition to a few small items like your phone and a power cord. It’s made of high quality polyester, making it water resistant. Plus it’s padded to protect your goodies.

Zebra Messenger Bag


Either you love zebra or you hate zebra. (I personally love zebra!) It’s one of those patterns that never goes out of style. One of the reviewers on Amazon bought this messenger bag for his girlfriend (awwww!) who was able to fit her laptop, a few small notebooks, a large textbook and a binder.

That’s because it has one large pocket and two smaller pockets for your phone, keys, gum and other small items. There are also two zippered pouches on the front and back of the bag. If you need more room than that you’re gonna need a suitcase or luggage!

Mobile Edge Love Me Truly CuteBug Messenger Bag


Looking to release your inner vintage vixen? Well then the Love Me Truly Messenger Bag is for you. The design is reminiscent of pulp magazine images from the 40’s and 50’s.

It’s made by Mobile Edge, a company that’s notorious for long lasting messenger bags. You’ll look good and your goodies will be well cradled.

AUPET Lifestyle in Paris Messenger Bag


When I saw this messenger bag I thought it would be perfect for an afternoon in the park. It’s one of those bags that would look super when paired against some bright colored shorts or capri’s.

This K-Cliffs bag is also big enough to fit a 15.4 inch laptop – or your blanket, if you’re so inclined to follow my park visiting advice. Toss in some tunes, your sunglasses, a little something carbonate and you’re ready to go!

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