Why Every Girl Needs A Backpack

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If there is one thing I never thought I'd be doing at the age of 27 it would be writing an entire blog post about how awesome I think backpacks are. And this style had a revival a couple of years ago and at first, I just thought it was a fad that would fade out but the styles stuck around and I've been suckered into them. Little did I know that they would become a total staple for me but they're one of the most practical bag purchases I've ever made and here a few reasons why I think they're something every girl should have.

REASONS TO BUY A BACKPACK

  • They're practical and you can fit in all your day to day essentials in with ease. 
  • They allow you to have both arms/hands free.
  • You don't have to worry about barging into somebody with a huge bag and knocking them to the ground.
  • They'll save you from damaging your shoulders as the weight is distributed evenly. I now put my right shoulder constantly up because I'm so used to having a bag on it. 

THEY'RE 'COOL' AGAIN

Truth be told I didn't think I'd be buying a backpack as I'm not really one to follow trends as I don't see the point of just buying something that you're not really into for the sake of fashion. But the more and more I saw the way people styled them and remembering just how practical they were from my school days I decided to take the plunge. I started off with a Fjällräven Raven Kånken bag which I'm sure you've seen around the internet as they're a very popular style. And recently I bought a faux leather one for smarter occasions as the Kånken is very casual. They're something I reach for on a weekly basis without fail and I'm so glad to have them around. 

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ARE THEY WORTH IT?

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THE PLEATHER

This is the latest option to my bag wardrobe and I'd been toying with the idea of picking up a smarter backpack option for a while but wasn't quite sure where to go. There were plenty of pricey options on the market and then I could have gone down the vintage route too but then I walked past Primark and spotted this number. I try not to shop much from Primark as it's fast fashion and the pieces don't last amazingly well. But there are a few gems that I find in there and this backpack was one of them. The faux leather feels buttery soft and not cheap at all and from my past experience with Primark bags they don't tend to crack or peel which is awesome for the price. I tend to wear this when I still want a more practical bag option but I want things to look a little chicer. And even though it might not look it, it's pretty roomy and can comfortably fit all my day to day possessions in as well as my MacBook Air making it ideal if I'm ever out the house for work.

THE KÅNKEN

This was my first backpack purchase and one I thought about for years. I finally took the plunge last year and it's something that I've used a lot more than I initially thought. If like me you regularly find yourself perusing the likes of dreamy travel photographs on Pinterest you will have most definitely seen these bags. My Kånken is such a staple when I'm going out all day to take pictures and need to take a bunch of camera gear with me. Even though it's a canvas bag I find it super sturdy and substantial and it fits all my kit in with ease and you can buy camera equipment dividers for the Kånken which is awesome. There are so many little pockets and dividers which is so important for a backpack and things are so easily lost in them and no-one enjoys that I can't find my phone panic. They're a pricey bag, there is no denying that at £75 but they are one of those wardrobe purchases that will see you through the years and also age beautifully. 

HOW TO STYLE

A PICTURE TAKING DAY

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A WORK DAY

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A CASUAL A/W DAY

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A RUNNING ERRANDS DAY

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Are you a fan of the backpack?

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