The bond between school and style is taught together with the ABC’s. We enter the school system, and we accessorize with sticker-embellished lunch boxes, paint-stained shirts and cartoon-printed Band-Aids. And while our current days as students seldomly include the velcro sneakers of our elementary past, a single accessory has notably remained constant throughout our entire academic career — the backpack. Despite no longer featuring beloved peppy princesses and nifty rolling wheels, the backpack is still a fundamental part of the a student’s school style. The backpack has evolved with our minds and with our tastes.
In recent years, the backpack has undergone an overhaul turning it from an efficient carrying device and into a key statement piece. This Fashionista uses a tan, clean-stitched leather backpack to polish off her school look. The backpack is paired with a casual outfit ideal for a long day of lectures and labs. She combines black leggings with layers consisting of a graphic tank, a chambray shirt and a khaki parka. The outfit is further accessorized with a knit beanie and wool socks. Her floral combat boots remind us that despite bitter winter temperatures, spring days and spring trends are merely weeks away. The smooth leather of the backpack inspires a refined and vintage look that, when combined with the outfit’s laid-back edge, creates a style entirely unique to the Fashionista.
Stores like NASTY GAL and ASOS offer leather backpacks similar to this Fashionista’s in both tan and black styles. If leather isn’t your medium, pop with a bright bag or opt for a tapestry print. Personalize the accessories you wear daily and use them as an outlet for creativity. And when you’re ready to do this, remember that your backpack will always have your back.
Spotted: Chanel featured statement backpacks in their spring 2014 ready-to-wear collection.