Backpacks. Yay or nay?

We’ve gone on an adventure of some sort every weekend with the kids and each time I’ve noticed just how annoying it is to carry a tote bag. You are chasing or carrying kids, it’s constantly slipping down your shoulder and, for the love of God, that bag is HEAVY!

What’s my latest solution? A backpack – really???

At first I cringed at the thought..why not just totally geek out and get a fanny pack.  It seems though, that I have missed the boat because backpacks appear to be IN. I did a quick search online and there are some really stylish ones out there… and some really expensive ones, so clearly designers are following the trend!

My mom received one from MZ Wallace not too long ago so I tested hers out. It’s quite cute and functional so it made the round up below.

With School Break on the horizon a backpack might be just the perfect thing for traveling. Hands free and practical all while being fashionable as you chase your kids through the airport. I’ve put together a collection of backpacks that I think are practical, versatile, sophisticated and cool; you may just catch me wearing one!

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Daily Bags with text

1. Rebecca Minkoff Darren Backpack

I love Rebecca Minkoff bags and this pebbled soft leather bag reminds me of my favorite tote that I posted about in my Holiday Dressing post in December.

2. Rag & Bone Pilot II Backpack

The lines of this bag are fantastic. The front pouch is perfect for you car keys and wallet and the handle at the top makes it just as easy to carry this is chic handbag!

3. ALLSAINTS Kita Convertible Leather Backpack

Do you see a backpack?  I don’t! This is a great convertible bag, backpack by day, shoulder bag by night!

4. Kooba Fairfield Convertible Leather Backpack

Another convertible and also pebbled leather; good combo! I love the front zips to stash your keys and chapstick!

5. Kooba Calabasas Convertible Leather Backpack

I think this is the most interesting one of the bunch! Yet another convertible option, it looks super cool both as a backpack and as a shoulder bag making it the perfect everyday bag.

6. Whistles Verity Croc-Embossed Leather Backpack

Super polished, the crocodile embossing makes this tailored bag feel even more special.

1. MZ Wallace ‘Metro’ Quilted Oxford Nylon Backpack

This is the bag my mom has and I gave it a test run this weekend on our modern art adventure; it is pretty great I must say. Very light weight, plenty of space and lots of pockets! It is also available in a quilted lacquered nylon here.

2. Sherpani Tempest Canvas Convertible Backpack

I covet this bag. I love the color of the waxed canvas, the tassels and the straps. It has a great casual vibe, and again convertible so you can use it as a backpack or a tote bag. Note it comes in two other great colors as well!

3. Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack

Straight forward backpack elevated by being made out of Neoprene. This one appears that it would be super durable for all your weekend adventures!

4. State Bags Quilted Metallic Kane Backpack 

This bag is pure fun in silver.  It adds a little edge to any outfit!

5. State Lorimer Slim Abstract Camo Print Backpack

Who could resist this fun pattern? I wear a lot of black and gray so this would be a great contrast to punch up an outfit!

6. Sol & Selene Motivator Backpack

Basic backpack with the a great large quilted pattern. Easy pulls on top and large outer pocket make it a winner for a day trip!

Travel Bags with text.jpg1. Hunter Original Top Clip Nylon Backpack

I love the top buckle here, oversized perfection! The outer pockets are perfect for stowing your travel essentials.

2. MZ Wallace Crosby Backpack

Another quilted MZ Wallace bag….  This one is a bit more refined. I love the chain detail on this as well as the multiple zippered pockets. I think this is the ultimate travel bag!

3. Marc Jacobs Biker Nylon Backpack

More zippered pockets but I loved the navy blue with the gold zippers this time!

4. MZ Wallace Jordan Bedford Nylon Backpack

Okay, another MZ Wallace, apparently they are stellar and designing backpacks. This one is a little more polished in their iconic nylon fabric and has plenty of storage!

*(Someone just told me the above color is currently sold out, try this one in deep purple or this one in black instead!)

5. Sherpani Camden Backpack

Color. Coral always makes me smile. This is another one of those great convertible bags so perfect for air travel and then also a tote for when you hit the beach at your sunny destination!

*(Okay, so apparently I really am on to something because this one is now sold out too! Try this one in white!)

6. Tumi Voyageur Halle Nylon Backpack

Tumi has always made  a classic work bag. Polished and chic with an interior laptop sleeve this one has all the storage to keep you organized while traveling!

So what do you think? Will you wear a backpack? Yay or nay?



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