Remember when Clueless came out? (Obviously!) I was beyond obsessed. I could quote every line of the movie, and oh, how I wished my hair would brush out like Cher’s did. One item that became all the rage and was a must have in my 12 year old wardrobe? A baby backpack. I begged my mom for one, and I can’t remember how, but I finally got my hands on a little teal canvas number. It was a prized possession!
And then backpacks — at least, those beyond the variety needed for school — fell out of fashion. But just like other trends of the 90s (see: mules, Birkenstocks, et al) are suddenly back and hotter than ever. While I don’t necessarily see myself prancing around with a baby backpack again any time soon, a few backpacks have recently given me pause, because I’ve realized they’d be great “purses” to cart around with me when I’m in France. Based on past trips, I know that we like to wander, wander, and wander some more, and eventually a tote and even a crossbody bag get annoying on my shoulder. Perhaps a backpack is the solution!
Backpacks have come a long way since my little baby and my high school JanSport. How chic are some of these? There are so many cool details, materials, and colors being used now! As always, when you search for something like backpacks, you get a ton of affordable options, and some that are astronomically expensive. I’ve divided this round up into ones that are under $200 (the Saves) and over $200 (the Splurges). Which ones do you love? Have you guys tried out the backpack trend (again)?
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