Hands free: your guide to backpacks

Yes, I promised last week when writing about corporate styled bags that I would review backpacks at a later date.  That date is now and I have for you a selection of backpacks that are on trend for this winter.


So whether you are on a city break and need a day bag, have a full day of meetings and need your hands free to answer calls or just have a bit more ‘stuff’ to take to work, think this useful bag should never be bog standard.

Let’s add that touch of style to your bag on your back. But before your whistle stop shopping tour of the trendy backpack begins, just a heads up:

  • There are no rucksacks here; this is about the smaller hands free bags.  Urban rather than country is this bag’s natural habitat
  • Where I could I’ve tried to find differently priced options to suit a range of budgets

Here you are your 15 backpacks across 5 styles for this winter:

1. Finishing touches

This winter bag styles have gone fluffy, silver and embellished with metallics.

From Mango the zipped faux fur backpack, £35

From Somerset by Alice Temperley @ John Lewis, the Berkeley Stars backpack, £179

From Michael Kors the Rhea Zip backpack, £315

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2. Blue hues

One of the 3 colour trends this winter is blue

From Longchamp, Le Pliage is an indisputable classic at holding our extras. It’s backpack form is £65 @ Selfridges

From Herschel Supply Co, the Reid backpack @ John Lewis at £75

From Modalu, the Madrid mini backpack with its athleisure styling at House of Fraser at £169

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3. Colour pop

Not forgetting the other two colour trends for this winter, red and pink, which will contrast against many a dark winter coat or jacket.

A faux leather backpack in red from Yumi at House of Fraser at £30

The Madison pink and yellow backpack from Stacy Chan London at Harvey Nichols at £450

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4. Quilted

This winter puffa and quilted jackets are not only the warmest winter option but are right in trend. So why not transfer the look to your backpack too?

From Label Lab at House of Fraser the mini faux shearling backpack at £45

From Barbour, the Saltburn backpack at House of Fraser at £79.95

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5. Structured

This winter we have welcomed back the suit and seen waists belted in. It’s about adding structure. Here’s a few backpacks that do the same.

From Marks and Spencer the faux leather tab stud at £39.50

The Germyn roll down from Ted Baker @ Selfridges at £179

Burnham Beeches Backpack from Radley @ House of Fraser at £229

From Rag and Bone the Pilot backpack @ Harvey Nichols at £505

From Mulberry the Chiltern backpack at £895

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I hope the above guide helps keep your backpack bag on trend for winter.  Here are some links that you might find useful to make your backpack shopping easier:

It’s not too late to check out the winter trends for your wardrobe; to help with your Christmas list or for your end of year sales!

Credit: thanks to Alexandre Chambon on Unsplash for header image

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