STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Back to Basics with the Trendy Backpack

We have all had them, we have all benefitted from them and we have all loved them growing up. Now? They’re back! The basic backpacks we all used and obsessed over in the second grade are back on the market, and this time, in a more fashionable way than ever before. These trendy accessories are great and functional way for any Fashionista to easily carry her books around campus. They are both practical and fashionable! Could you really ask for anything more?

The backpack trend has been rising since last spring and summer. Ever since they first debuted on the runways, backpacks have become the new satchel, creating a chic and simpler way to tote around your essential items. Celebrities, such as Mary Kate Olsen, have also been seen wearing them on the red carpet. Alexander Wang displayed a variety of detailed knapsacks on his spring/summer 2012 runway, which can be viewed here.

However, these aren’t just any ordinary backpack. The backpack you choose to sport around campus should no longer be made of cotton and canvas, but suede, leather and other animal skins — these materials will remain timeless and leave your traveling essential looking polished, posh and put together. I know these fine materials may be expensive for most Fashionistas surviving on a college budget, so I found a few lower-priced options that will fulfill any true Fashionista’s knapsack necessity. This option from TopShop is great for a more casual look. It is a great bag to throw your books in and head to class, or even a great option to take on a weekend getaway for luggage. For a bolder backpack, for those Fashionistas who loves color, try this quilted creation found on Karmaloop. This bag is a bit more sophisticated, but can still be used as a great school essential. Here is a great color blocked backpack found at Stylenanda. The color blocking created by the black leather and beige cotton creates a striking, yet relaxed look that can easily be dressed up or dressed down. One last great option can be found at Asos. This backpack comes in a dogtooth print, which is sophisticated, refined and very professional looking. This backpack also comes with the unique option to also wear it as a purse. There’s a backpack out there for every CollegeFashionista, you just have to find the right one for you.

This week's Fashionista flaunts her backpack, that helps complete her look and convey her personal style. The leather bag compliments her edginess and sets her look apart from others. She is a trendsetting individual who packs confidence and coolness all in her bag! So find your perfect pack and make the practicality of this accessory a winning look.

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