Backpacks for fall 2014

Fall 2014 is fast approaching and one of the continuing trends in handbags is the backpack. Like the early to mid-1990’s, backpacks have taken over as the urban-cool alternative to the handbag. Fashionistas on the streets are being spotted in both medium and small versions of the backpack in various shades of black, blue, pink, brown and more!

Backpacks for fall 2014 are an easy, hands-free alternative to a handbag. While cross body bags are a staple for a fuss-free, small, hands-free handbag, the backpack is the current staple for a fuss-free, roomy, hands-free handbag. Backpacks are being shown in several styles for fall 2014 including single strap versions, convertible versions, drawstring versions and of course, traditional silhouettes.

The backpack was shown on the runways for fall 2014 in New York, Paris, Milan and London as the urban-cool alternative to a handbag for casual looks. The street took to the trend when it reemerged on the runways in 2012 and has gained momentum as the preferred casual carry-all of the moment. 

There are backpacks on the market for fall 2014 in several fabrications including vegan leather, nylon, canvas, leather and exotic skins. I found a few fabulous backpacks for the fall 2014 season around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! What are your thoughts on the 1990’s backpack trend returning? 

Happy shopping, and stay fabulous 😉

Leather backpacks for fall 2013


Photos: Leather Backpack: vintage Kenneth Cole / Earrings: John Hardy / Dress: Gap / Lipstick: c/o Dolce & Gabbana “Gentle Monica” / Bracelets: Tory Burch & c/o Twisted Silver / Nail Polish: Chanel Paparazzi / Boots: Prada Leather backpacks.

This was a huge trend from the mid-1990’s which eventually evolved into the “mini-backpack” trend of the mid to late 1990’s. If you lived in San Francisco at the time, mini-backpacks could be spotted on almost every 20-something on Union Street and the Triangle area. This time around, mini-backpacks are scarce (let’s hope it stays that way) and medium sized, luxurious leather backpacks are everywhere.

The leather backpack, while spotted on the fall/winter 2013/2014 runways, was not a dominant trend from designers. Consumers picked up on the style and took off with it, making the leather backpack a street style trend for fall 2013.

Leather backpacks are being shown in medium sizes made from soft and slouchy leather. The leather backpack is being shown in neutral, classic hues of black, charcoal and shades of brown. This is not a trend to wear in seasonal colors, bright colors, or any colors other than black, charcoal or light to dark brown.

If you wore leather backpacks for school, work or fun back in the 1990’s and kept your backpack in storage, you are in luck! Bring it out from the back of your closet and use it for casual days this fall as an alternative to a shopper tote. If not, this is the perfect time to invest in a leather backpack. Although trendy, leather backpacks are great for traveling and make the perfect carry-on for airplane rides when they are not considered trendy. Is it classic? Yes! Investment worthy? Yes! Great alternative to a bulky shopper tote for fall? Yes yes yes!

I found a few fabulous leather backpacks around the web and assembled them into the shopping widget below. I hope you love them! Happy shopping, and stay fabulous