Go hands-free with our edit of the most fashionable backpacks...
If you're scouting the shops for a stylish new bag to update your look then why not consider treating yourself to a trendy backpack as an alternative to the usual tote or shopper?
If you think that fashionable rucksacks are reserved only for 18 year olds, then think again. A chic backpack can be worn by women of any age. What's more, it allows you to go completely hands-free - perfect for those of us who are rushing around. After all, with their handy little compartments, backpacks make for a much more organised life. And with so many women converting from handbag to rucksack, they are steadily becoming a modern cult classic.
Not only is the style a fashion favourite, it'll also be good for your body. Constantly suffering from shoulder and neck pain due to carrying around a heavy handbag? A backpack will distribute the weight more evenly across your back and shoulders, AND help you to stand taller.
With sleek, minimalist to statement styles available this season, it's all about having fun with your accessories and showing off some of your personality. We are totally obsessing over this one from Next. At the. pinch me now, price of £14 this bag is a total fashion must.
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Thanks to this chic piece from Zara, backpacks now feel glam enough for dinner out. Buy now for £45.99 at Zara
£195, Russell & Bromley
Go hands free with this mini bag from Russell & Bromley. Buy now for £195 at Russell & Bromley
A punchy print is just the ticket to lift your mood and look. This palm motif is a great way to subtly introduce prints into wardrobe. Buy now for £60 at Dune
£150, The Cambridge Satchel Company
For an all-rounder that you can wear for work, weekend, holiday or a hot new restaurant, look no further than this red backpack at Cambridge Satchel Co. Available in 5 colours and the option for engraving, this is the ultimate gifting piece. Buy now for £150 at The Cambridge Satchel Company
This Uterque backpack is the perfect mix of sporty and sleek. Buy now for £85 at Uterque
£19.99, New Look
Hit refresh with your summer accessories and choose this clean white backpack from New Look. With a handy front pocket, you'll never have to rummage around for your daily essentials again.Personalise it by tying a printed scarf to it. Buy now for £19.99 at New Look
Punky studs mixed with elegant embroidery, set on a tomboy backpack sounds so wrong but looks so right. Buy now for £39.99 at Mango
£69, Charles & Keith
Stylish, smart and large enough to fit everything in for work, this Charles & Keith backpack is the perfect workwear item. In a deep green, this bag embodies grown-up elegance. Buy now for £69 at Charles and Keith
For minimalism that makes a maximum impact you need this verity backpack from Whistles. Buy now for £189 from Whistles
£65, Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams
Move away from the everyday with this black velvet backpack from Debenhams. The large embroidered makes it very on-trend. Buy now for £65 at Nine by Savannah Miller at Debenhams