Functional and convenient are not normally words you would associate with fashion, but every once in a while the industry gives us a break and hands us a trend that can actually make your life easier.

No more will you have to suffer ‘IT’ bag elbow from heaving around your gorgeous oversized tote on. The bag trend for this season is much more Osteopath friendly; welcome the return of the rucksack. The tourist favourite has been given a chic over, making it the most covetable bag around.  The two-strapped hold-all has been spotted proudly displayed on the backs of celebrities the world over, from Mary-Kate Olsen to Perrie from Little Mix.

Old Skool

Where did this trend come from? You guessed it; the nineties! The rucksack was the nineties child’s best friend. Perfect for lugging school books around and for hiding forgot homework. If you are embracing the nineties revival go for square shapes and bold prints.

Image – Net a Porter – Christopher Kane, £1595

 Sports Luxe

What could finish off a sports luxe look better than an ultrachic rucksack? Avoid looking like you are about to hit the gym by choosing slouchy shapes or quilting and pair with loose fit silky trousers.

Image – Topshop – Nylon Quilted Rucksack, £32

Rucksack Chic

Designers have been falling over themselves to create the ultimate chic, luxury backpacks, but this is one trend where there is really no need to break the bank and fork out top dollar for the chicest bag. The high street has a great selection of chic backpacks that will hold all your work essentials and are at purse friendly prices.

Image – Annabella-Rose – Black Lizard Backpack, £39.99

Global traveller  

If you really want to stay ahead of the fashion crowd then make like our Editor Sophie Maguire and look further afield for your perfect bag. Picking up an ethnic style rucksack on your holiday gives you real style kudos and means you won’t run the risk of bumping in to someone with the same bag as you.

Image – Sophie’s Bag

By Samantha Vandersteen


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