It’s that time of year! Time for an ode to the fantastic backpack. In case you missed it, they’re not just for kids and camping trips anymore.
Once a humble, functional outsider to the handbag world, the backpack, as described in The Atlantic’s recent article “Rise of the Lady Backpack ,” is finally being seen in new light—a powerhouse that contains multitudes…literally.
Why should we love thee, sweet backpack? Let us count the ways.
#7 – You’re going back to school
New year, new you! Lean into it! Bring the classy to class! Make a stunning first impression and stop the mean girls in their tracks!
Seriously, though, treat yourself in this new beginning, because it always takes a little guts to step into the new year. And let’s be honest, there are going to be days when you probably won’t feel like showing up. Investing in looking your best can help.
#6 – You’re not going back to school, but you do love that back-to-school nostalgia
We know we can’t be the only ones whose hearts go pitter-pat at the thought of stepping into the office supply store amidst the fresh scent of three-ring binders, filling a cart with notecards, gel pens, highlighters, and No. 2 pencils. Don’t hold back! There’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little back-to-school spirit, especially when you can afford to give yourself the more adult version. Relish in the fact that you can fill a new pack with all that sense of possibility, without having to lug around all the books!
#5 – You rock that casual workplace vibe
Picture this: you walk into work, set your briefcase on the conference table, and click open the clasps to lift it open. Feel a little weird? Then skip it. You can still look like a boss without having to live out some old image. Backpacks are a growing trend with working women—especially for those in cities with public transit as a part of their commute. Soften the look without sacrificing functionality.
#4 - You’re a frequent flyer
If that one “personal item” you’re allowed to carry onto the plane no matter what can be a purse OR a backpack, why not make the most of it? Chances are when you get where you’re going, you’ll be thankful to have a way to keep carrying everything you need in its familiar, fashionable place.
#3 – You value versatility
Maybe your life includes the kind of quick changes that have you preferring a tote one minute and a backpack the next. Or maybe you leave in the morning and need to have one bag that will work while you’re running errands and still make sense when you meet the girls for drinks later at night. Having a designer backpack can almost be like having several bags in one—opening up options that will play along no matter where the day takes you.
#2 – Your shoulder is screaming
No hate to the many beloved bags of the one-shoulder variety, but if you carry too much weight on one shoulder for too long, it can start to tax your body. Obviously, distributing the weight between two shoulders can make a big difference!
#1 – You need that hands-free experience
Do you have kids? Do you go to concerts? Do you need to do things with your hands and arms? The backpack is the glorious next step in the evolution of the handbag. Chanel did us all a favor when she attached the first shoulder strap to a handbag, and now the backpack can further free us to take care of business while having everything we need at the ready.
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