I caught this Fashionista in early May, which explains her attire of long skinny jeans and layered sweaters. Her lovely leather bag and shoes, on the other hand, are appropriate for nearly any season on campus.

A gigantic leather satchel is the perfect alternative to a backpack if you are like me and won’t sacrifice style for the comfort of a traditional two-strap backpack. However, I always end up making a bag lady statement since I cannot fit all my stuff into one normal bag and have to distribute my things between my purse and my flimsy school bag. A carry-all tote like the one that this Fashionista nonchalantly rocks under one arm is obviously the answer to my problems. Just look at all the room this Marc by Marc Jacobs tote provides; I love that the inside pocket contrasts from the Marc Jacobs print so you should always be able to easily pinpoint where your keys and phone are, instead of dumping your whole bag out like I usually do. Major plus — the ostrich-embossed leather will only look better with age. If bright and shiny is more your thing, then this patent leather kate spade tote is the perfect school bag. I also tend to see a lot of the Longchamp Le Pliage around campus. While technically this bag is more nylon than leather, the super sturdy leather uppers basically make broken straps a non-issue.

Another fantastic leather feature on this Fashionista is her drool worthy footwear. With masculine wingtip details and a subtle pilgrim-inspired buckle, these shoes are insanely stylish. Shoes made of a natural material like leather are both flexible and breathable. Naturally, I headed to the reigning champ of leather goods, Frye, for further inspiration and discovered the Maggie Perf Wingtip with just the right amount of chunky heel for comfortably trekking around campus. At a more realistic price tag are these Dolce Vita loafers that I will most definitely be purchasing as soon as I get my next paycheck. I’m fond of more neutral colors and will probably go with the taupe ones, although mint is a little more trendy and interesting.

Ditch those boring backpacks and shoes and upgrade your look with long lasting leather replacements this summer.

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