Backpacks: The Coolest Carry-Alls For The New Season

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Meet Spring’s new work-to-weekend bag: the luxed up, sophisticated backpack...

The backpack has been on our radar for several seasons but for SS16, they’ve gone luxe and seriously grown-up. Think butter-soft leather, minimalist designs and stand-out textures to elevate everything from your commute to your downtime. So add the fash-pack fave to your radar now to reap the full rewards of this achingly cool (and practical) trend all season long.

If the word backpack conjures up flashbacks of teenage years and toting around textbooks, then fear not. This season is our favourite shops and designers – from Balenciaga and Valentino to Cos and ASOS – have applied a covetable, high fashion makeover to the style classic.

This season’s version isn’t any old knapsack – it’s sophisticated, work-friendly, and large enough to hold everything you tote around (laptop, spare heels and gym clothes). The new backpack is structured and sleek in smooth leather and suede and finished with everything from luxe hardware to on-trend tassels for a finishing flourish.

Not only is it practical and seriously luxe, they’ve also been reinvented so that it can be worn and used in a myriad of ways. Carry it over the shoulders (à la Karlie Kloss, who “two-straps it” with aplomb) on the commute, sling it over one shoulder at the weekend, or grasp it by the top handle to carry like a purse for a cool weekend in the city vibe. There’s even the addition of longer straps so you can make it into a duffle or cross-body.

Be it in leather or suede, in black, brown, or a gorgeously summer-appropriate lilac, orange or dusky pink, you’ll quickly remember why you loved this bag silhouette so much, way back when.

Perfect for the working-woman with everything to carry, the backpack is the ultimate accessory to get you strolling effortlessly through the morning commute in style.And for the girl on the go at the weekend,this style is perfect of those heading to yoga before a yummy brunch with friends. Put simply, they’re cool and versatile – so what’s not to love?

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