Clutches and handbags are great and they definitely have their place and purpose, but on my leisurely weekends, sometimes nothing beats a nice leather backpack. I have a trusty leather cognac backpack that I purchased many moons ago and I have to tell you, when spending the day in a museum, or walking around window shopping, a nice, well-made backpack is perfection. Being the type of person who enjoys strolling with my hands in my pockets or with a coffee in one hand and a mini baguette in the other, I've gotten good wear out of my little backpack.
As a general rule, I prefer structured leather satchel style backpacks. They have a great deal of character, look stylish and don't have the sporty look of the rounded nylon backpacks. Obviously, wearing a backpack requires a great deal of awareness as it makes life quite easy for pickpockets, but the ability to be hands-free trumps all! Now this style isn't for everyone and I've heard people comment that backpacks are for grade school kids. I think the key to keeping this look from appearing too young, is to coordinate the backpack with your clothes in the same way you would a purse. Also, if you're wearing a smaller backpack, don't try to fit it over a bulky winter coat...that just might have you looking like a 5th grader. Maybe wait until the weather is more forgiving and pair with a nice trench coat and cropped pants. Stitching, piping, buckles and two-toned colors are details that give backpacks a more purse-like appearance.
Check out these backpacks. They're the cat's pyjamas!
Effortless, cool and casual. Loves it!!