I normally have a very strong anti-backpack stance. I think it could be due to the nannying I've done over the years, which ultimately results in being surrounded by endless 'there-are-far-too-many-bright-colours-for-this-one-tiny-piece-of-shiny-plastic' backpacks. Consequentially, the word 'backpack' always conjured up ideas of whiny five year-olds and Dora the Explorer, rather than any kind of chic fashion choice.
However, as with many things, practicality forced me to change my mind. After lugging around my school books for the last month in my tote bag, I decided it was finally time to give in and buy a more appropriate transportation method. Hence, the backpack. I stumbled upon this version on Etsy, and it's old-school, leather style was sufficiently 'grown-up' enough to justify purchasing it. It also has a hidden, zippered compartment on the back which will be perfect for stashing valuables whilst travelling around Europe in the Summer. Although at the moment it does look a little ridiculous with my down parka (I'm beginning to think Spring is just a made-up illusion in New Jersey), I think it will fit in perfectly at a beach in Croatia with some ripped denim, crisp white and fine, silver jewellery.
Wearing: Sandalianas Backpack