Continuing my Series, Style me Fabulous – 15 Fall Trends and How to Style Them Well…
Backpacks have gone from high school hallways to high fashion runways becoming fall’s hottest new handbag. How do you wear a backpack purse at 40, 50+ so you look classy, not collegiate? Here are 5 Grown up Ways to Wear this trend.
1. Look for Backpack Purses in Luxurious Fabrics
Polyester, nylon, and canvas may be functional backpack materials, but they’re way too frumpy when you are trying to make a fashion statement. Be sure to steer clear of these. Instead, opt for more luxurious fabrics like leather, suede, and even velvet for a more high-end, grown-up look.
This striking cherrywood women’s leather backpack purse (above), is a great example of what I mean. Made of 100% leather with chevron quilting, this Kate Spade version of a backpack purse will make you look fabulous and feminine. Throw it over your shoulder and wear it with your favorite jeans and a fall cardigan. It’s a quick way to add a punch of color and make last year’s basics look updated and hip.
2. Go For High Fashion Details
Backpack purses have an inherently casual vibe so to look sophisticated choose one with beautiful hardware and high fashion details. I love the gleaming gold zippers on this stunning black leather backpack purse and the fold-over flap that lets you expand the purse when you need more room. The adjustable shoulder straps and sturdy rolled top handle let you go from easy backpack to chic tote in a flash. Big patch pockets, and braided ties, also give this bag a cool, urban feel.
You can carry this bag on your arm or wear it on your back. It looks equally as good both ways. I’ve paired this beautiful bag with an artsy knit poncho, suede mules and gorgeous, gray release hem jeans for a wow weekend look.
3. Choose Chic over Cutesy
The nice thing about backpack purses is that there’s a style to suit every fashion personality – from feminine to rustic to bold. However, too much print, sappy colors, faux fur, and sparkle are the cutesy details to avoid, so you don’t look childish. Mini backpack purses that look like they belong on a 10-year-old are another thing to watch out for. Some are so tiny, you’d think they were made for a doll!
This little pink, fuzzy backpack is cute for the grandkids, but grown-up gals need something like this genuine leather backpack purse from Frye. This bag is quality, it’s a good size and it has tons of personality. See how they fine leather construction and gold circular hardware give this designer backpack purse a posh equestrian vibe?
4. Make Sure Your Outfit is Sophisticated
Finding the perfect bag is only one half of the equation. If you want to look fabulous wearing a backpack purse at any age, you need to pair it with something modern and sophisticated. This doesn’t mean dressy; casual wear is totally fine, so long as your outfit looks current and classy.
If you wear a stylish backpack purse with out of date jeans, a baggy old sweatshirt and boring shoes don’t and expect to pull off this look. Same with if you wear it with something too little girly like a frilly skirt or mary janes. You’re going to look like you are playing schoolgirl.
There are lots of lovely casual clothes you can wear with a backpack purse. For example, I’ve teamed up this awesome, olive suede purse with chic cropped jeans, a gorgeous fall wrap sweater, and these cool d’Orsay booties, for a relaxed but eye-catching look.
5. Carry Your Bag Over Your Shoulder
Backpack purses don’t have to be worn like backpacks ( although that’s convenient when you want to go hands-free). They actually look chicer when you toss one over a shoulder like you are dashing off to have some fun or do something important. (LOL!)
Some have a longer handle and be carried like a tote or worn in the crook of your arm. I’ve even seen a few that can fit over your shoulder and be tucked under your arm. It’s really up to you which you prefer and which feels most comfortable.
Backpack purses are something new and different, so you may still be on the fence about carrying one. Try one on for size and see if it doesn’t grow on you. A backpack purse is practical and chic for mature fashionistas, and heck, if you ever get tired of it, you have a great extra travel bag.
Will you be buying a backpack purse this fall?
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