Cardigan: Forever 21 | Top: Vince Camuto | Denim: Madewell | Backpack: Osgood Marley | Shoes: Merona | Sunglasses: DIFF

Backpacks are back! I’ll admit it… I’m a little late to the backpack game. I spent the last year browsing lots of options but never actually making a purchase. I absolutely love this style bag, but always wondered how to style it without looking like a college student. I was determined to make the backpack trend work with my wardrobe so I set some guidelines for myself – things to consider when searching for the perfect backpack. I ended up finding one that I absolutely LOVE! It’s proven to be the most practical way to carry around my stuff and I’ve had so much fun styling it for fall!

Here are my rules for buying and styling a backpack, hopefully they will help you too!

Look for something structured.

Think low profile and clean lines. Just like clothing, the more structured your backpack, the more mature it will look.

Buy something leather or suede (vegan leather if you prefer)

Avoid canvas or polyester. We all remember our backpacks from grade school – I rocked the original LL Bean backpack with my initials embroidered access the top. While LL Bean continues to rule in the world of elementary school backpacks, that’s not what we’re going for here.

Don’t be tempted by embellishments.

Think simple when it comes to buying a backpack. Don’t be tempted by details or embellishments that could make your bag look elementary.

Pair it with sophisticated details.

Style your backpack with more sophisticated clothing and accessories. I chose slip on loafers, black skinny pants and a duster cardi. Avoid anything too casual and go for a more mature and polished look to offset your casual accessory.

Take advantage of its functionality.

The biggest advantage to carrying a backpack is it’s functionality…so don’t lose sight of that! Make sure it’s an appropriate size to carry all your belongings …and remember you can carry a heavier load when the weight is distributed on both shoulders. BONUS!

I hope you find these rules for buying and styling a backpack helpful!  If you follow these simple guidelines, you should be able to find the perfect backpack for fall. I chose the Bella Backpack by Osgoode and Marley (linked above). I also added a few more favorites to my Shop The Post section below!

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JMD