Trend Watch: Backpacks are back!

Why is it that in fashion we tend to flock towards the impractical; wearing heels that render us incapable of walking normally and carrying clutches that limit the use of one of our hands completely? Thankfully there is still some room in fashion for the cute, yet comfortable and practical backpack. It doesn’t have to have excessive straps and clips, or a water bottle holder, and it certainly doesn’t have to be plain black (unless that’s what you want). There are many different shapes, sizes, colours and textures to choose from! Read on to see just a few of the many different options available when it comes to stylish backpacks. 

This striped canvas and faux leather pack from Urban Outfitters would look great with jeans and a loose fitted tee. Throw a book, a blanket and some snacks in it and take it to the park! It is the perfect casual bag.

Check out Urban Outfitters’ Deux Lux Canvas Mixed Backpack in Tan, $69. Available at Urban Outfitters.

For a bit of a funkier look, you could try a fringed leather bag like this one from Topshop. It’s got a dressier look to it, which makes it great for day wear, and you can even wear it if you want to keep your hands free during a night out on the town.

Check out Topshop’s Fringe Backpack in Black, $16. Available at

Tie-dye isn’t always the most fashionable choice, but when done right “ like it is here “ it can be pretty fun. This peach coloured tie-dye pack from Baggu would make a great beach bag, or perfect for a daytime stroll around town.

Check out BAGGU’s Shabd Pack in Blush, $58. Available at BAGGU.

This one from Timo Weiland has a classic structured backpack look. But what sets it apart from the pack (pun intended) is the real cow hide detailing. It really doesn’t get much cooler than that. It might be a men’s bag, but androgyny is so in style.

Check out Timo Weiland Backpack in White, $297. Available at

Rustic Leather
When it comes to sturdy bags, nothing beats Roots bags. And they are pretty darn cute too. If you are looking for leather backpack that’s not too large and overwhelming this simple classic Roots pack is the perfect fit. Just imagine how great it would look with a pretty summer dress. And like everything Roots, its steeper price comes with the benefit of a lifetime warranty, so your grandchildren will be using this bag.

Check out Roots Pouch Backpack in Black, $228. Available at Roots.

Since this summer has been all about bright colours, it only seems appropriate to include a bright coloured option on this list. Behold the beautiful red backpack from Baggu. It’s got an uber-simple design and comes in a variety of vibrant colours.

Check out BAGGU’s Recycled Backpack in Sea, $32. Available at BAGGU.

So even if you aren’t in school and carrying books around, you can still look great carrying one of these cute packs on your back.

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