The Backpack Brigade

Backpacks have had a major presence far beyond the classroom in the last few runway seasons. Is the growing style influence of the sweatshirt-clad Silicon Valley serving as the driving source behind this fad? Potentially.

The wild success of the “athleisure” trend is proof of our increasingly mobile lifestyles and work environments. Laptops and tablets are common cargo, especially on daily commutes.


Think of the backpack as the answer to your hands-free prayers. No more bulky totes on the train. Au revoir to the crammed crossbody en route to brunch. Nothing screams effortless quite like a breezy sundress and little leather backpack. With pretty much every brand on board, your options are endless. Ranging from the uber-chic (and Blush favorite) Mansur Gavriel, to Clare Vivier, to Forever21, there is no lack of sophisticated possibilities.

After browsing for several months, I opted for a simple black leather Topshop model. Personalized with a trusty Anya Hindmarch sticker, it’s become my trusty travel companion. Big enough to fit my laptop but by no means bulky, it’s perfect for both daily and travel use.

Olivia’s was purchased in Rome, as was the pom pom keychain, which is my favorite touch.

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Go crazy. Ditch the purse.

Sophia Brahos

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