As the term athleisure stormed the fashion industry, there was a sudden flood of stylish sneakers, gym clothes that work just as well at a café, and sporty details on dressier pieces like zippers, Velcro, and neoprene accents. We've also seen backpacks make a comeback—so the backpack is ... well, back.
The style is no longer strictly designed for school kids that load theirs with Frozen key chains and those mini antibacterial gels. The adult's backpack is incredibly modern and luxe, which comes as a perfect timing since everyone is looking to be handsfree so they can text, scroll through Instagram, and perhaps even—dare we say it—take a selfie. What's more, the new set of styles are fit for every occasion---and they too are being accessorized, but with grown up bag charms, that is. Keep scrolling to shop backpacks you can wear to work, on the weekends, and while traveling.
The Occasion: Work
Look for a streamlined style with clean lines. You want this carryall to be just as sophisticated as your go-to handbag.
bottica.com. Time's Arrow, $495; shopbop.com. Zara, $100; zara.com. Mansur Gavriel, $845; barneys.com.
The Occasion: Weekend
Even though these styles may be reserved for the weekend, they aren't too casual. Designers are delivering backpacks in ultra-lux suedes, leathers, and denims.
forever21.com. Urban Outfitters, $59; urbanoutfitters.com. Whistles, $370; whistles.com. Topshop, $105; topshop.com.
The Occasion: Travel
What's great about this selection is that these picks are as durable as they are stylish. The key here is to seek out a style that has sturdy yet comfortable straps.
accessorize.com. Rebecca Minkoff, $295; shopbop.com. Topshop, $65; topshop.com. Elizabeth and James, $595; net-a-porter.com.