Style

The Backpack

I mentioned a few weeks ago in my 2014 Wardrobe Resolutions recap that it was actually an Everlane backpack that ended putting me over the 25 item limit edge. A backpack! I haven’t purchased one in years (my last was a camouflage North Face for grad school, which I never ended up using). But since I like to walk to work sometimes, my laptop + daily essentials + multitude of snacks was weighing heavy even on a crossbody bag, and I decided to go for a backpack for maximum comfort and ease.

I first saw this backpack in person on my certified hipster stepbrother, and though I’m sure he appreciated my compliments, I’m not sure how thrilled he was about my suggestion that we be accessories twins. Anyway, I’ve been wearing this bag on my walks to work and it’s been a miracle on my back. I have two hands that I can use freely to fiddle with my music selections, swing by my side, peel a banana…anything! I usually stick a little pouch inside that holds my wallet, phone, and sunglasses, in case I need to run a quick errand or am going out for coffee during work.

I exclaimed to Mr. Feather that I should have swapped to a backpack for work a long time ago, whose reply was that a) duh, and b) just wait until you get older, even a backpack will start to feel heavy. I’ll just have to pray for an early retirement plan when that day inevitably arrives.

Do you use a backpack? Ever?

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  • Diane
    February 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    I haven’t used a backpack, but I have purchased several for the children and grandchildren of friends, usually as part of a “off to college” gift. The last young lady was off to UC Davis. I chose a FEED backpack for her, as the school is one where FEED Project items are widely used. (A portion of the money for items purchased go to the UN World Feed Program.) It’s not stylish like yours, but in its own way, I think it’s perfect.

    http://www.feedprojects.com/shopping_product_list.asp?catID=3725

    For my groceries, I have 4-5 various versions of FEED bags. My favorite is the hand beaded one from Kenya. I admit that I try not to use that one for loose vegetables. I also love to use FEED bags for gift bags at Christmas. So much for this ramble….

    • Katherine
      February 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Diane, I LOVE the FEED bags! I buy quite a few as well for gifts and use mine for grocery shopping. I also like the wine bag to give along with a bottle inside 🙂

  • Wonderland Boudoir
    February 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I have to say that I really love this backpack. The more and more I see them the more I want them. Especially with the prints and how effortlessly fashionable they are. I’m thinking about picking one up from Taaluma. I really like the Ghana print (sold out) an the Ivory Coast.

    http://www.arikasato.com/

  • Whitney Farris
    February 23, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I love the FEED bags too! I have a huge one that I bought at Target. I bought my daughter the beaded one from Kenya as well. I think it works well for a 19 year old college student to schlep her stuff in!

  • Val
    February 23, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Oh my goodness. I was just telling my husband that I need to get a nice backpack so your post definitely came in time. I will be checking this one out for sure. I recently started hauling around my laptop and while a crossbody bag may look nicer, I love the weight distribution on my back and bring hands free.

  • Falnangel
    February 23, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Although I do not quite get the designer thousand dollar backpack trend, but a backpack is a life saver sometimes. Since my son’s birth about 1.5 years ago, I’ve tried several diaper bags and always found something doesn’t feel right. As he becomes a toddler, I switched to a Lululemon backpack and it was life changing. I now have my hands free to hold or chase after him and the weight distributes much more evenly on my shoulders. The best part is that a workout backpack already came with multiple pockets and includes a nylon insert intended for sweaty clothes but perfect for soiled baby clothes!

  • Kimberly
    February 23, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Unfortunately your husband is correct. I’ve been traveling with a generic computer backpack for the last decade but recently upgraded it to one that is more aesthetically pleasing. I didn’t have either durning my last international flight and my neck and back protested for several days.

    I didn’t realize there was a FEED wine bag, such a great idea for giving wine.

  • bisbee
    February 24, 2015 at 4:38 am

    Just ordered the backpack – I’ve been meaning to for a while. I also had a $25 credit, so it was quite inexpensive!

  • hera
    February 24, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    This backpack looks more than it is! I LOVE backpacks, I have a red prada backpack that I use too for traveling and hiking. Backpacks are a big comeback!!