TREND: The Pack is Back

Spring is here and it's officially festival season. With Coachella upon us and many more to come, it's time to begin formulating the perfect festival outfit. I have my cut-off denim shorts and vintage cropped band tees all ready to rock, but here comes the hard part: finding a bag to store my tickets, money, sunscreen, and other necesseties in that I won't have to worry about losing or getting stolen. When I expressed this complaint to my mother, she had her own horiffic solution. From the depths of the closet of past acessories she pulled out a lime green fanny pack; this thing could be seen for miles. I quickly rejected the offer and wished I had never asked. However, my mother might have been on to something. While her "hip" '80s "bumbag" should just be left in the past, a fanny pack of some sort could be the perfect solution to my problem.

This Fashionista has the right idea. She sports a stylish maroon leather fanny pack to accessorize her vintage tee, blue cardigan, jeans, and brown moccasins. With a pair of sunglasses hanging from her tee, this outfit is the epitome of Southern California cool and casual. Fanny packs can carry everything necessary for a concert or festival and you never have to worry about them leaving your side, because, well, they're clipped to you.

Even celebrities like Rihanna have been photographed sporting this convenient style. Here she wears a leopard pack with chin accent for a wild and fierce look. Here she wears a pink Louis Vuitton pack for a chic and girly look.

Hint: Take a tip from Rihanna and this Fashionista if you think there aren't any cute fanny packs out there, you just have to know where to look. This Ecote pack from Urban Outiftters comes in tan and black and would be the perfect festival acessory to hold all of your necessities.

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TREND: The Pack Is Back

For a while, Fashionistas everywhere threw out their old backpacks and decided that one-shoulder bags were the only way to go. Carrying books and laptops to class can get old quickly, especially when all of the weight from these items is being forced onto one shoulder. Luckily for our backs, Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike have recently united to bring back the pack. Backpacks are now being seen everywhere. Some of the most popular bags are vintage styles that can be found at places like Urban Outfitters and Free People. In fact, on the accessories section of the Free People website, the first title that pops up says “Backpack Comeback.”

Another style that is highly prevalent right now is the military style backpack. It is obvious that the military style is making a comeback in general with the amount of military coats and jackets that are being seen on college campuses. To match this trend, military backpacks are also coming into style.

The Fashionista here is sporting a little bit of both worlds with a vintage-looking, military backpack. She matched a white, flowing shirt, black shorts, floral tights, and plain black TOMS with her pack. To top it all off, she added a black hat and sunglasses. To get a backpack just like this Fashionista’s, check out this bag from Urban Outfitters. While she chose the ivory style, Urban also offers the bag in olive, gray, and black. This bag is relatively inexpensive and a perfect accessory to any College Fashionista’s ensemble. Another style you may like is this Russell backpack from Free People. Both bags are very versatile and would work as great book bags.

The next time your back aches from carrying around all of those books, remember, the pack is back. Use it!
 

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