When I was fifteen, I had a faux crocodile backpack that I adored. I think it was Esprit or Guess or one of those brands that I "had to have" in the 90's. I usually wore it as a backpack, but it could also be worn with the straps pulled up as a regular over-the-shoulder purse.
Ever since I wore that thing to death (may it rest in peace), I've always longed for backpacks to make a come back. The stylishly fresh, more sophisticated cousin of the fanny pack (gag me) has been around a bit, but nothing like they are now....with so many colors, styles, and price points. Deep down inside, the fifteen year old me is going nuts with excitement! Okay, so maybe not so deep down.
Target currently has some great styles (just under $30) that are right on trend with their colors and patterns. If you're unsure whether you really like the 'backpack look', I'd try one of those out first. There are also some amazing higher-end backpacks to be found, with luxe details from fur to real croc. I sure hope this trend stays around for a while....because I don't want to wait another 15 years for a comeback.
***You can't go wrong with any of these lovelies***
2. Dooney & Bourke
3. Marc by Marc Jacobs
6. Peter Jensen