Thursday, January 15, 2015

Shopping List: Stylish Backpacks

Well, this is a shopping list I NEVER thought I would make! I'm definitely the type of girl who is always focused on style over function, but since my office moved locations and I'm walking to and from work every day now {almost 4 miles total,} I've been trying to make some changes to make my commute more practical and comfortable. On the frigid cold days, I've been wearing my huge insulated North Face jacket instead of the chic wool ones I have. I've started walking in sneakers and yoga pants and changing into my work clothes once I get into the office, or have been walking in Uggs instead of my cuter boots to keep warm and prevent blisters and sore feet. I've been carrying my large Louis Vuitton Neverfull bag, but I find that I've had some upper back and shoulder pain from having all that weight on one side of my body, which is why I've been hunting for a stylish backpack to carry instead! I don't want to look like an elementary schooler carrying my bookbag or some sort of rugged outdoors woman, but I'm actually surprised by all of the cute options that are available right now - Shopbop has a ton of great options!

Not all of the bags below would work for my needs, but I figured some of you out there might be facing a similar situation as myself and may be on the lookout for a backpack that works for you! Which of my picks is your favorite? Do you think that backpacks can be chic, or are they a huge no-no for you?

top row, left to right:
Deux Lux 'Varick' backpack - $91 {on sale}
Kensie faux fur backpack - $99 {perfect for winter}

second row, left to right:
lululemon 'pack to reality' backpack - $118 {waterproof is smart in New England!}
Longchamp 'Le Pilage' backpack - $125
LeSportsac x Erickson Beamon 'Nico' backpack - $128 {sporty yet feminine}

third row, left to right:
Deux Lux 'Fathom' backpack - $115 {love the gold chain mail}
Danielle Nicole 'Sloane' backpack - $88 {also comes in black}
River Island mini tassel backpack - $34.11

bottom row, left to right:
Baggu canvas backpack - $42 {cute for the summer}
ASOS smart backpack - $66.33 {pretty color for spring}
George J. Love zipper leather backpack - $121

top row, left to right:
Milly 'Avery' quilted lambskin backpack - $450
8 bucket backpack - $136 {simple and so chic}
Tory Burch large 'Fleming' backpack - $450

middle row, left to right:
Marc by Marc Jacobs 'Pretty Nylon knapsack - $198
Rebecca Minkoff 'MAB' backpack - $295 {soft & functional in a goes-with-everything color}
Botkier 'Warren' leather backpack - $298 {a timeless investment}

bottom row, left to right:
Henri Bendel 'Jetsetter' convertible backpack - $278 {as seen on Taylor Swift in black!}
Rebecca Minkoff 'Julian' backpack - $295
Elizabeth & James 'Cynnie' sling backpack - $585 {this one is hands down my favorite, but it's out of my price range at the moment! le sigh}


  1. I love the Longchamp and Tory Burch ones - I'm always a little afraid of how to hold them when I'm on the T though!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  2. Welcome to the walking commute!! Hahah I do the exact same thing. I have been wearing fleece leggings under my work pants because my commute has tons of walking too. I haven’t considered a backpack (I still carry the huge black tote) but these definitely are making me change my mind about that :)

  3. That first striped one is one of my favorites that you picked! It seems like it would be so versatile!

  4. Love the look of the "Sloane" bag - especially in that gorgeous neutral tone!

  5. These are such great bags to use for walk. I do not even walk to work, but it would be nice to have!
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