Okay, yes, you attended elementary school. So you probably know what a backpack—or knapsack, rucksack, or bookbag—is. But let’s discuss the nuances of the grownup ladies backpack, or backpack handbag. Like a regular backpack, it has straps that go over the shoulders, and either a flap, zipper or drawstring closure. Unlike a regular backpack, it is often made of leather, faux leather, printed or metallic fabrics, and is embellished with studs, fringe, zippers, tassels, grommets or other decorative hardware. A ladies fashion backpack is usually smaller than a traditional book bag . . . more like a mini backpack.
If you look back through your personal fashion history, we’re betting that you can recall a few backpacks—fashionable and otherwise—in rotation throughout the years. In human history, backpacks, thanks to their functionality, are practically as old as time. Originally used by hunters to cart game, the design was eventually adapted for other outdoor pursuits like hiking and mountaineering. Today, we think of backpacks as standard issue for students who use their JanSports to tote books from class to class. But they’ve also found their way into fashion. In the 1990s, Alicia Silverstone’s Cher sported a backpack with almost every outfit in Clueless, popularizing women’s backpacks as a fashion accessory. And though they briefly lost popularity, the women’s mini backpack trend looks like it’s back and here to stay.
You don’t need to head off into the hills to wear a backpack. This timeless accessory is perfect for toting your essentials about town. Backpacks range in size from mini bag, to large enough for your laptop. Some backpacks are super sophisticated, making them perfect for the office, while others are more sporty and probably better for the gym. Most fall in between, and pair well with jeans and boots as the perfect travel accessory. You can wear your backpack with one strap over each shoulder, or play it cool by slinging it over one shoulder like a purse.