How To Style The Backpack Trend

July 30, 2014

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.


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.


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.

Image via Lauren Messiah

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