MMM: The Hands-Free, Super-Stylish New Bags

I haven’t worn a backpack since I ditched my River Island patchwork cord one (in hot pink and blue, fyi) after finishing my GCSE’s. That’s, ahem, a while ago.

I admit, on occasion this hands-free option would have been a welcome relief from nappy bag, child-juggling and Sainsburys carriers, but there has always been a sniff of the traveller about them. I mean, they don’t call teens with wanderlust ‘backpackers’ for nothing, do they?

But this season, backpacks are all grown up and have become pretty appealing.  There’s no denying the practicality – they’re roomy, durable and hands free. Perfect for child-wrangling.

Images: Renaataplada, Iconico, Dress2Impress, Fashion-Gourmet

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen kick-started the trend two years ago with their chic croc backpacks for own label The Row. But at almost £23,000, they were kind of out of my price league.

Here's Mary-Kate Olsen with that bargain of a backpack by her label The Row
Here’s Mary-Kate Olsen with that bargain of a backpack by her label The Row

Last season Whistles introduced their Portland bag – a minimal leather style that became an instant hit, despite the £295 price tag. I also spotted leather backpacks at the Spring preview for Kurt Geiger – out next month.

In short, they have become a fashion favourite. Which makes it all the more acceptable to tote one.

Here are some chic high street options:



  1. Whistles
  2. River Island
  3. New Look
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