What options are there for stylish, grown-up-looking backpacks? The latest fashion trend is not about what hangs on your arm, but what is on your back - the practical backpack is back in vogue.
No longer limited to just students and travellers, this season's backpacks are classy, work-appropriate and go with any outfit. Look to the supermodels: Karlie Kloss paired a tan leather backpack with a casual maxi dress and flat sandals, while Cara Delevingne matched her chic namesake backpack (with British fashion brand Mulberry) with a leather jacket and sneakers.
Ms Bella Dan, chief designer for Hong Kong fashion handbag brand Rabeanco, says: "The best way is to pair a backpack with a maxi dress instead of denim jeans, as the latter can look too preppy."
Here are some tips on what kind of backpacks to look for:
- Opt for premium materials such as leather and suede, or leather- looking bags. Canvas bags are hardy and practical, but not as stylish.
- Avoid bags that have too many embellishments or zippers as they can make the bag look cluttered and complicated.
- Choose a backpack that is structured.
- Backpacks with thin straps are more elegant than those with thick straps as the straps will not interfere with your outfit.
Here are some picks:
1. Waterfall X leather backpack in light beige, $450, Rabeanco
This leather backpack with a drawstring closure has the perfect neutral hue that goes well with anything. Try matching this with a grey dress or top.
2. Black leather backpack with shearling flap, $179, Topshop
This structured backpack with just the right amount of slouch may have a slightly more casual feel, but it is still appropriate for the office. The navy blue shearling flap adds a fancy touch to an otherwise plain bag.
3. Black pebbled backpack, $69.90, Mango
This polyurethane bag may be in a fail-safe colour, but it is far from boring, thanks to its interesting pebbled texture.
4. Yellow backpack with foldover flap, $55.90, Zara
Get away with a loud and brightly coloured backpack by making sure it is structured and with zero embellishment, such as this one. Make it pop even further by wearing it with an all-black outfit.
Correction note: An earlier version of this article said that the Waterfall X leather backpack in light beige by Rabeanco was $275. The correct value is $450.