The time has come to start bracing ourselves for seminars and lectures once again, but carrying your heavy books around classes needn’t be a chore. Rucksacks are a great option for carrying around books, folders and your everyday essentials, with many made with durability, space and weather-proofing in mind. The old-school rucksack has also been having somewhat of a style revival with many gorgeous prints and styles to choose from. This trend looks set to stay throughout autumn, making it the perfect choice for someone looking for a bag combining fashion and function.
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ASOS is one of the best places to look for quirky, vintage-inspired clothing, and their rucksack range is no exception. With countless styles and designers, it can be very hard to pick a favourite. One of their standouts styles has to be the ‘Reclaimed Vintage Look’ rucksack in ‘Floral Tapestry’. The cute duffle shape is eye-catching, but the focal feature has to be its beautiful tapestry design, which has been lovingly re-crafted from actual vintage fabric.
New Look features some more affordable offerings to the rucksack trend without compromising on style. Their ‘Black Woven Tapestry Backpack’ and ‘Black and Purple Baboushka Tapestry Drawstring Backpack’ are both fashionable combinations of tapestry and leather trends. Their selection of Aztec print rucksacks is varied and versatile to suit every taste, with designs and colours ranging from bright pink and purple to more subtle burgundy and black shades.
River Island and Topshop
River Island and Topshop are the destinations to go to for sophisticated, leather rucksacks. With many varying colours from elegant blacks and browns to shocking blues, these are the perfect choice for someone looking for a rucksack with a bit of class. Favourite picks include the ‘Patent Mini Backpack’ from Topshop for instant 60’s chic and the ‘Light brown tumbled two-tone rucksack’ from River Island with its unique contrasting panels. Topshop’s ‘Zig Zag Duffle Backback’ is also a great design
as it has lots of space combined with a gorgeous, neutral pattern that will complement almost any outfit.
Whilst no means the cheapest destination (although they do offer student discount), Accessorize’s use of quality materials means their rucksacks will last longer than cheaper options. Their ‘Check Rucksack’ is both on trend and versatile with its black and red kilt-style fabric. Cute animal prints are a timeless classic, yet the statement ‘Fox PU Rucksack’ goes a step further with its fox head shape and quirky design. The ‘Birdie Print Square Rucksack’ not only uses a lovely fabric, but also has a lot of space and functionality, with a dual use top handle and a matching detachable tablet case.