Fashion Dare: Would You Wear a Backpack?
For many of us, the last time we carried a backpack was the last day of high school. Backpacks may be associated with school children and outdoor activities, but there are backpack options that are chic for grownups.
It may sound crazy that backpacks showed up on high fashion runways from Alexander Wang to Kanye West. The fierce Rihanna has been spotted a few times with ultra-trendy backpacks.
These school bags are perfect for the beach, for outdoor concerts/festivals, and for hot days in the city. These bags come wrapped in luxurious prints, fabrics, and materials.
Here are a few guidelines to follow when searching for a stylish backpack:
Get the Right Size
You want to look for a backpack that is medium size similar to the bags seen on the Carven spring 2012 runway. If you get a mini backpack, you will end of looking like a teenage girl in the 1990s. If you get a huge backpack, you will look like you are on your way to hiking a mountain. Also, a bag backpack is a practical and grown up way to wear this trend.
Keep It One Shoulder
To avoid looking like a kid, we recommend you "one strap" it. Look for a backpack with a long strap so it can be propped on one shoulder.
Rock the Right Material
Do not wear a Spongebob backpack at 20-something years old. Look for backpacks with leather, canvas, and lightweight nylon material for a more formal vibe. Other details to try: studs, stripes, florals, tribal prints, and symbolic motifs. You want your backpack to look high fashion not inappropriate.
The utilitarian backpack in its modern, zippered glory dates back to the 1900s. Therefore, the backpack will always be in style or needed in some kind of way.
Will you be getting your "backpacking" on?