ACCESSORIES REPORT: Backpack, Backpack!

When the new school year rolls around, college students rush out to buy notebooks, textbooks, pens and pencils. How are you going to carry all of your classroom necessities as you rush from one end of campus to the other? In a backpack, of course. When I think of backpacks, I typically think of JanSport or The North Face. However, backpacks are big and bulky, detracting from the stylish aura of our outfits. While these backpacks remain classic, durable and practical, designers and retailers everywhere have ushered in a new era of backpacks that serve as a more stylish accessory to complement our creative ensembles. Fashionistas/os, I introduce to you: the fashion backpack.

I have always been loyal to my trusty black Longchamp bag when it comes to lugging my things around. When I spotted this Fashionista outside of the Exchange, I became very interested in this new backpack trend. Sometimes, my bag is so heavy that my right shoulder becomes sore. With a trendy canvas backpack such as hers, it would be easy to manage the weight while maintaining a cohesive and trendy look. Urban Outfitters offers a great selection of backpacks at an affordable price in stripes, solids, brights, neutrals, florals and prints. This Fashionista is dressed timelessly in a black sweater, black jeggings and black Cole Haan boots. Her cropped red/black plaid Chloé jacket adds a great pop of color and sophistication into her classic outfit. Her olive canvas and leather trimmed backpack remains a neutral yet essential accessory.

I’ve had my eye on this Sari pattern backpack from Free People for a while now. Southwestern prints have been a huge trend in recent seasons. The unique pattern and funky colors can help make a statement in any outfit. For something more exotic, check out backpacks from Topshop or this two-tone backpack. You can also keep it simple with a leather backpack.

Spotted: Rag & bone sent backpacks down the runway in spring 2011. Michael Kors’ spring 2012 African-inspired collection included backpacks and cross-body bags. Mary Kate Olsen and Ashley Olsen designed a $34,000 alligator skin backpack that sold out!

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ACCESSORIES REPORT: Backpack, Backpack!

The line above says it all. Who remembers back in the day when carrying Lisa Frank backpacks were the cool thing? Or to wear North Face backpacks slung on two shoulders? I am sure even more people remember the old school backpacks that were tiny but still sturdy enough to lug your entire day’s stuff around?

Backpacks are coming back around again. There are different ranges of backpacks around. The most popular option of backpacks I’ve seen around is the old school knapsack, such as this Urban Outfitters one that comes in a variety of colors. Another option for the Fashionista who does not want to risk fashion for utility is the Marc by Marc Jacobs option, that comes in neons, prints and solids, all while staying in the Marc Jacobs style. The final option is going back to basics, such as this black North Face. It really never goes out of style and it is super comfy to carry a laptop and many books in.

This Fashionista opts for an old school Jansport black backpack to carry all of her books to class. She modernizes her outfit with a silk H&M shirt and a pair of Urban Outfitter light wash skinny jeans. She then caps off the outfit with Minnetonka moccasins for an indian summer vibe while being in the dead of winter here in Washington D.C.

While many people would think twice before using a backpack over the unofficial uniform bag around GWU, the Longchamp, it can be an easy way to stand out with your outfit. Wearing a bold color backpack on a neutral outfit brightens up the winter blues. A knapsack backpack with combat boots can add toughness to a pretty outfit. Finally, the old school backpacks: they are comfy and it is fun to pretend you are serious student for the day. I use my old school battered North Face backpack on finals week just to feel more serious and committed when I go to the library. I also like to tell people that I carried it around Israel for three months.

Spotted: rag & bone showed many backpacks in the spring '11 runway show.

 

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