How To Style The Backpack Trend

Trends emerging from the late 1990’s are on their way back into mainstream fashion – with mules, spaghetti-strap dress and now even backpacks becoming trendy again. However, there are ways to style a backpack without feeling like you’re back at school. Pair with some of these outfits to achieve a number of dressy and casual looks for whatever you’ve got planned.

Downtown-chic

Inspired by Elaine Benes from the unforgettable show about nothing, Seinfeld, this style is all about recreating the ultimate casual look. Oversized coats and well-fitted jeans are the best way to achieve this 90’s style, and with a leather backpack to finish off the entire outfit.

We recommend: Danielle Nicole Sloane Backpack, $88

Danielle DiFerdinando has created the perfect contemporary backpack for the girl who is constantly on-the-go. Comes in a soft leather look fabric, with your choice of an ivory or blue croc outer-flap. Available online at Nasty Gal and Strand Bags Australia.

Night owl

Besides getting a major style upgrade, the backpack trend comes in many colours, shapes and sizes for any occasion. Style a quilted leather backpack with a chiffon blouse, high waisted skirt and sky-rocketing heels for a night time appropriate outfit.

We recommend: Pieces Daria Leather Duffle Bag

Boasting 100% genuine leather with a matte finish, this duffle bag is perfect for taking to work or even to use as an overnight bag.

Office-friendly

Want to incorporate your favourite backpack into your daily work outfit? This is simple to achieve – choose a bag which is big enough to fit all your necessary carry-alls, and in a colour which compliments your outfits. If this means sticking to a mostly monochromatic colour palette, go for a bag with a fun texture and interesting hardware to spice up your look.

We recommend: Cambridge Satchel Company 15″ Leather Backpack, $152.94

These backpacks are versatile for both work and play, since they are of a classic shape and design. Available in a variety of colours if you want to easily spice up your entire look.

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