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Mini Backpacks: The Cute, Classic, and Comfortable Look that is Hitting the Runways and The Streets!

BY Annie O’Sullivan


Ah, the mini backpack. The bag your “oh so cool” young self toted around when you were six and wanted to look stylish and trendy, (or at least that’s what you firmly told anyone who dared to ask!). While this look seemingly died out with your awkward middle school days, it seems this season it is back and better than ever.

Channeling this blast from the past reminiscent of our pre-K days, the fashion world has made it known: backpacks, specifically mini backpacks, are IN, and they are a fashion force to be reckoned with!

Designers like Kate Spade featured a line of smooth leather backpacks with gorgeous metallic cross stitching and shiny zippers while Rebecca Minkoff tried to add a twist by using various shades of pastels and fringed leather in her designs.

Tory Burch opted for both color and fun by showcasing her mini backpacks made with colored, smooth leather and shiny tassels, while Burberry and Michael Kors kept it classic by showcasing their iconic brand symbols, Burberry with its ever present plaid, and Kors with the signature MK logo.

Designers aren’t the only ones showcasing this adorable accessory. Celebrities have been seen sporting this fun bag around everywhere from the beach to the streets. Spring fashion week 2016 had many IT girls, like Hunger Games star Isabella Fuhrman, rocking this trend, Fuhrman opted for a studded MCM mini backpack. Supermodel Karlie Kloss was seen donning her black Mansur Gavriel leather backpack as she jumped from show to show.


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This look is one that always comes back into style from time to time, and why not take advantage of it. It is cute, comfortable, and oh so easy to recreate, with a style for every girl, and a price for every budget. Whether you’re edgy or girly, sexy or sweet, there is an affordable bag for everyone, and just because you can’t afford a bag like your favorite celebrity or fashion icon doesn’t mean you still can’t channel their style.

Check out some of our favorite and affordable looks below as you search for your signature mini backpack look this summer! Whether you’re shopping at Saks, brunching with your gal pals, or simply hitting the sand at the shore, this look is one that is perfect for all the occasions and events you have planned this summer, and it’s one trend you don’t want to miss out on!

Our Best Looks for the College Student on a Budget:

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