Even though you’re no longer entering a new school year, you can still embrace the back-to-school trends that reign supreme — especially backpacks, which, these days, have no age limit. “Backpacks are having a more prominent presence with the ‘90s resurgence, and many designers and brands are creating ones as pretty as they are practical,” explains Nicole Russo, stylist and founder of Let's Get You.
Not only do they come in several sophisticated styles suitable for professional attire, but the functional bags are big enough to hold your essentials and comfortable enough to carry around all day. That’s why we’re seeing so many women toting stylish backpacks to the office and on weekend trips. “Your back will resent you if you try packing a laptop and gym clothes into your everyday handbag along with your commuting book, phone, wallet, and other essentials,” says Alyssa Dineen, fashion expert, professional stylist, and founder of Style My Profile NYC.
Instead of lugging everything on one shoulder, why not balance out the weight and leave the heavy lifting to your back? To inspire you to invest in a fashionable pack for fall, we asked experts to share the stylish backpacks they recommend for working women. The common thread? Simplicity.
New York stylist Adams Bellouis loves a good chevron pattern, and the glossy black finish on this one is polished to her liking.
According to Russo, this bag best suits the socially-conscious working girl. “It’s for someone who prefers an alternative to leather, but doesn't want to look like she's walking the halls of high school,” she says.
For the days when you’re going to need your laptop, extra clothes, more stationary or books, Bellouis recommends taking this bag. “Don’t be afraid to mix masculine features and feminine looks with a tech keeper like this,” she adds.
“It's sleek and suitable for a career gal with a conservative style,” says Russo. “An accessible price-point for an Italian leather, it goes with everything and holds it all in place, too.”
For a slightly sportier yet still sophisticated look, Dineen loves the Herschel Nova. “It comes in so many great colors, too!” she adds.
“There is something so cute about a convertible bag, plus it’s sophisticated and practical,” says Bellouis.
With three ways to wear this — single strap, both straps or by the sturdy top handle -- Russo says this coated leather can serve as a staple in the working girl’s closet. “It’s best suited for the woman who doesn't do business casual,” she adds.
“The downtown, creative girl's backpack, this style is a buttery unstructured leather that somehow fits your whole life, yet everything doesn't get lost inside once you stuff it,” says Russo. “It’s suitable for a suit or head-to-toe athleisure, and the versatility and shape will stand the test of time.”
This backpack may set you back a few more dollars, but according to Russo, the cost per wear will turn into pennies after the decades you own it. “It's for the lady who wants to invest in an 'it' bag and really step up her fashion,” she says.
On top of the fact that this bag is incredibly unique, it’s also super feasible — it carries so much, according to Dineen. “You can carry it like a regular purse if you want, too!”
Another worthy splurge: “This panel-printed piece is a trendy update for your next work move,” says Bellouis. “Make a statement with this carry-all and wear with a cardigan for something cute and unexpected.”