Most Fashionistas I write about opt against having their backpack photographed with the rest of their outfit. That got me thinking: Why wear a bag that doesn’t complement the rest of your style? Ditch the Jansport for a more sophisticated carry-all bag. Large messengers and totes have room for all of your academic needs with some extra space to spare. Opting for a shoulder bag instead of a backpack gives anyone a more put together look.
I spotted this Fashionista looking stylishly chic, despite the drizzle, with her draping layers and minimalist over the shoulder bag. After talking to her, I found out that she was toting around a vintage Chanel messenger. Since I am no stranger to thrifting or fine leather goods, I was instantly overcome with style envy. The neutral light brown is the perfect color to match with every outfit and classic leather adds a sophisticated touch to any ensemble.
If you’re looking for a bag like this Fashionista’s, find one that coordinates nicely with your wardrobe (neutrals usually work best). For those looking for a pop of color, try this Madewell messenger with hints of mint green, or this blue Urban Outfitters leather statement tote. Don’t let your excess of classes and errands let you slack in style. Instead, look for a bag that has utility features, such as extra pockets or expanding areas, so that you can fit in that one extra book. If you’re like me, your life is going to be lugged around in this bag. You might as well look good doing it!
Spotted: Color coordinated totes accompanied mostly monochromatic ensembles on the runway during the Elie Saab spring 2013 show.