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Why You Need a Backpack in 2017

Not to sound 90 but my shoulder is really hurting and I swear my right side is about a half inch lower than my left as a result of carrying my purse on this side for so many years.

The athleisure trend continues to expand in 2017, and ladies, it’s time to embrace. Lets get back on the backpack bandwagon. And, save our shoulders.

While I don’t want to like a 13-year-old with a mini backpack, a 19-year old college student or a 24-year-old hipster trying to look cool, the tote — albeit spacious! — has become a hassle and heave for travel and on the weekends. Plus, what husband wants to carry his woman’s bag? ZERO. If he says he does, he’s just hoping to woo you for sex. Seriously. He doesn’t want to carry your tote.

Even though we don’t have “babies” anymore, I’ve been hunting for a backpack the past few months that would work for both of us for upcoming family trips and weekends on-the-go. Backpacks also make awesome diaper bag options, too.

When it comes to a backpack, think about your needs and purchase accordingly. I LOVE a chic yet roomy leather backpack (I’ve adored this faux leather one for a while, and just found this one for $30) for ventures around town, and this roomier waterproof option is my top contender for fam stuff.

Consider a few things: openings, compartments (I love the idea of one with water bottle space), functionality vs. style, and really look closely at the size. After reading lots of reviews for this post, the top complaint is that the size was either much smaller or larger than they anticipated.

Want some inspiration and assurance that women our age can style backpacks? Look no further, and then keep reading a slideshow of my favorite backpack options!

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

My Style Vita (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Sequins & Stripes (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Vanilla and Velvet (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Putting me Together (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Style Chronicles Blog (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

NAWO (here) — love the idea of this embroidered/patch bag!

 

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Dear November Days (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Seersucker and Saddles (here)

Why you need a backpack, and the best options for 2017

Hello Fashion Blog (here)

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Bows & Sequins (here)

 

Why You Need a Backpack in 2017, See how real girls style them & the best affordable finds

Lemon Stripes (here)

 

Like what you see? Me too! Find one that works for your needs here (and a heads up, many come in multiple colors) —>

 

 

 

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    Tara
    January 23, 2017 at 6:18 AM

    I love that backpacks are cool again, there are some fun ones out there!

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    Shira
    January 20, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    I got 2 backpacks toward the end of 2016 and have been loving them. SO great for walking around the city! Definitely a need!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

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      Alyson
      January 24, 2017 at 4:30 PM

      Any brand you highly recommend, Shira?

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