Back To Work Backpacks

Take inspo from the Nineties this September...


by Michelle Carroll |
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Remember when summer came to an end and a new school term was looming? You’d head to class shiny lunchbox in tow, patent Clarks shoes squeaking down the corridors.

And the greatest thing about heading back to school was the chance to grab yourself a brand new bag to throw over your duffel coat.


And this season we’re taking inspo from the Nineties with a hark back to our childhood days. Yes, we’re talking backpacks.

It's always difficult deciding what to wear, even more so on your first day back - whether you’re returning from a sun-drenched break or still recovering from Bank Holiday weekend.

But with summer quickly fading and the winter season fast approaching: the work routine is almost upon us. Sadly, it’s time to bid farewell and prep for a hefty stint at work.

But what if we told you that settling back into your weekly routine needn’t be boring? You’re in luck; Grazia has the low-down on the best backpacks to take back to work with you.

Danish blogger Pernille Teisbaek dons a Louis Vuitton backpack to fashion week* ©Getty

Yes, leaving behind sun, holidays and the feeling of freedom may be a little bit saddening - but it’s the perfect excuse to bag yourself a whole new accessory.

You can’t deny that the nostalgic accessory is an essential for the back-to-work look. We told you fashion is getting practical.

We're harking back to our school days and re-inventing the '90s backpack this season ©Rex

Undoubtedly, the backpack is one of the most timeless accessories out there. They literally never go out of fashion, just look at cult classic Clueless, which is another great reason you’ll want to be styling one. What could be better? And if this hasn’t made your mind up, then don’t worry, as these shopping must-haves sure will.

The Classic Backpack

We know what you’re thinking. Plain? Won’t that be boring?

Well the answer to that is no, it’s a common misconception that plain is dull because with the right pairing and accessories, you can achieve that effortlessly done minimalistic look. Just think of how many outfits you can incorporate in true Scandi fashion...

The minimalistic look compliments your clothes more and brings attention to it. We're particularly loving the triple pocket black backpack from Topshop.

Top tip - pair with a floral dress and cardigan to help the bag stand out

The Floral Backpack

As soon as anyone hears floral, it’s obvious who they're talking about, especially when it comes to bags. Cath Kidston, of course.

The pattern of these bags will add colour to your outfit and instantaneously brighten up your look. They will never go out of style. But don’t go too full on with your outfit - wearing too much colour and pattern can make you look too loud.

So think about pairing a floral bag with a simplistic outfit, such as a plain cold-shoulder top and black jeans. Remember, accessories such as a watch are everything when it comes to complimenting an outfit.

We cannot wait to get our hands on this must-have backpack from Cath Kidston.

The Metallic Backpack

This option is more of a statement piece as metallic backpacks have the potential to really make an outfit.

Pair with frayed jeans and a simple t-shirt as this helps to emphasise the colour of the bag. ASOS is the place to shop when on the hunt for the perfect accessory. We're particularly lusting over their metallic gold backpack.

So what are you waiting for? Celebrate the beginning of Autumn by checking out our gallery below for the best of backpacks:


Back To Work Backpacks - Grazia

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CREDIT: Topshop


When investing in a bag it's sometimes best to stick to black. This Topshop must-have will carry you through the seasons without a doubt.

Triple Pocket Black Backpack, £34, Topshop

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Metallics are big news this season as the trend is filtering to the high street. And if you don't fancy donning the look head to toe, opt for a bold accessory instead.

Daisy Street Metallic Backpack, £16, ASOS

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The western theme is still running strong this season and with winter fast approaching, why not opt for an autumnal take on the trend? Invest in fringing and western-style buckle belts and you've nailed it.

Fringed Backpack, £28, ASOS

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CREDIT: Accessorize


Why not finish a minimal look this season with a snakeskin backpack? We particularly love this number from Accessorize.

Snakeskin Effect Backpack, £35,Accessorize

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CREDIT: Net-A-Porter


It's the Scandi dream. Manu Atelier is a firm favourite with fashion bloggers and when you're constantly on the move, there's no other bag out there that will do the job. Invest in cherry red for an accessory that will carry you through to winter.

Manu Atelier Fernweh Mini Leather-Trimmed Suede Backpack, £345, Net-A-Porter

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If you're thinking of investing in the trend then look no further than Fendi. We're lusting over this floral mini backpack embroidered with ditsy flowers.

By The Way Mini Flowerland Backpack, £1,770, Matches

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CREDIT: Vivienne Westwood


Our favourite thing about Autumn? The tartan of course. Tackle two trends in one with this backpack by Vivienne Westwood.

Vivienne Westwood Tartan Backpack, £360, Harvey Nichols

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CREDIT: Tommy Hilfiger


If you're seeking a minimal take on the trend then Tommy Hilfiger is your man. This khaki backpack is not only practical for work but will carry you through to evening drinks.

Mini Khaki Backpack, £115, Tommy Hilfiger

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CREDIT: Michael Kors


This highly sought-after backpack is a subtle take on the metallic trend and will undoubtedly finish any look.

Zip Up Backpack, £285, Harrods

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Zara is the sartorial leader of the trend unsurprisingly with backpacks in abundance this season. We're after this black backpack before it sells out.

Detailed Backpack, £19.99, Zara

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CREDIT: Chiari Ferragni


A backpack for work needn't be boring. Bag yourself this glittery number and brighten up any dull winter's day in an instant.

Silver Glittery Backpack, £348, Chiari Ferragni

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