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