How to Wear a Backpack, Our Style Panel Weighs In

Reading through the fashion advice from our Style Panel for this week’s challenge, the most obvious similarity is that everyone loves the hands-free bonus that comes along with carrying a backpack. We’re not disagreeing. It’s the best of both worlds rolled into one: functional and fashionable. Plus, there’s no risk of looking like a school girl now that adult-y options about (think buttery leather, unusual shapes and tons of embellishment).

Looking for a little style inspo? See 4 ways our Style Panel is rocking the backpack right now.

Liat Neuman, 39
Toronto | YomanChic

As a busy mom, a backpack is always my first choice. The convenient hands-free option is not only the most comfortable bag but also a stylish accessory. To avoid looking like a school girl, I opted for a structured satin bag with a cluster of pearls, which gives it a glam vibe and can be dressed up or down. For a sophisticated-modern day look, I paired it with a pinstriped blazer and pair of white sneakers.

Liat is wearing: Jacket, Zara; Pants, H&M; Backpack, Aldo; Shoes, Adidas

Alyssa Beltempo, 30
Ottawa | Ms. Beltempo

“I love that backpacks are made for everybody now – spending the day hands free is practical and stylish. Since backpacks have a sporty element, I try and keep my looks casual when I wear mine. You can’t go wrong with denim and sneakers, but a cute day dress would work too.”

Alyssa is wearing: Sunglasses, Dior at Merivale Vision Care; Shirt, Boys & Arrows at Sona Clothing;  Jeans, 7 For All Mankind; Sneakers, Converse; Backpack, JMB Canada


Mikayla Kuehn, 20
Toronto | MAK Style

“Backpacks are the cutest accessory to carry around! I love the mini backpack trend and I think they can add so much to a casual look. This fluffy pink one really adds contrast to a basic sweater and denim combo.”

Mikayla is wearing: Sweater, Shein; Jeans, Levi’s; Backpack, Forever 21.

Kayla Short, 29
Halifax | Short Presents

“I love backpacks! I mean equal weight distribution? It’s a dream. My go-to approach is to opt for really great texture. I love this faux leather backpack not only because it’s made of recycled water bottles but because the material and color just make it feel much more luxe and grown up. And don’t forget about the accessories. It’s all about the pom poms.”

Kayla is wearing: Jacket, Winners; Backpack, Matt & Nat via Envy Clothing Company; Boots, Rockport; Jeans, Joe Fresh; Sunnies, Celine via Smart Buy Glasses; Pom pom, Winners.