Backpack as a Purse Trend

School is officially back in session! Even if you aren’t going to a classroom this year, you can still catch some of the excitement by investing in a new, grown-up backpack. That’s right, ladies, you’re hands-free dreams have come true. Backpacks instead of purses are in-vogue again—and we couldn’t be more excited!

“All the big designers have added a backpack purse to their collection, and you can see why!” said Holly Quartaro, fashion stylist for Galleria Dallas. “The trend is great for busy women because it allows you to go hands-free. The look is both practical and stylish. Just make sure to select a smaller, more streamlined backpack purse so it doesn’t look too outdoorsy.”

There are many to choose from, so it’s easy to find one that matches your style. For something neutral that you can wear with anything, we like the Rebecca Minkoff Mini Julian Pebbled Leather Convertible Backpack ($198 from Nordstrom). These gorgeous creme backpack has a zipper down the middle and on both sides, with long leather tassels. 

Or, show off your fierce side with this Kate Spade New York Large Taylor Leopard Nylon Backpack ($198 from Nordstrom). This brown-and-tan leopard print bag features two zippered pockets and enough room to carry all your essentials. 

Another option is the Erika Rose Backpack ($58 from Francesca’s), which is so subtle, you can hardly tell it’s not a handbag. This minimalist grey leather bag features a flap pocket—open it to see a traditional-looking handbag. But when you close it and slip on the thin straps, you have the easy convenience of a backpack. 

Finally, those who aren’t afraid to show off their glamorous side should invest in this Gucci GG Velvet Backpack ($1,980 from Neiman Marcus). This gorgeous velvet blue backpack includes black leather trip and gold GG logos all over. It also has two zippered pockets with buckles holding the top flap down, and straps with the iconic red stripe down the back.  You can go from work to cocktail party in a breeze! 

Wear any of these backpacks, and you’ll get an A+ in fashion, guaranteed.


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