Leave your work bag at home and carry these casual yet stylish pieces for your weekend activities. Our roundup of backpacks – both spacious and stylish at the same time, allow room for all your weekend maximalist style and belongings
We only get two days a week to unwind and chill after a long and stressful work week that, to some, doesn’t seem to end. So that means when it comes to the weekend, it’s time to let our hair down and wear whatever we want to wear before we have to head back to work appropriate ensembles again. That is why we’re espousing backpacks of unique designs and statement colours — they’re pieces that scream fun and breezy, and show off your playful personality at the same time.
So let loose, breath a sigh of relief and enjoy your weekends to the fullest with these gorgeous bags on your back.
Do we really need to explain why we are loving this sparkly, fully diamante studded mini backpack from Topshop? Finish this cute number with a slinky slip dress and strappy heels and get ready to hit the clubs. Plus your friends can easily spot you on the dance floor with this bag on.
A plain black backpack is instantly jazzed up by Zara with the addition of a decorative strap and bright orange drawstrings that add a playful edge. Carry this number with a white linen shirt tucked into loose-fitting denim jeans to look both slouchy and stylish.
Charles & Keith translucent drawstring backpack, S$65.90
The translucent/plastic trend doesn’t seem to be waning. We think this feminine and eye-catching blush pink creation from Charles & Keith will convert even the most ardent opponent of the trend. If you can’t beat them, join them, right? Go with a silk blouse and pleated skirt to complement the bag’s design.
You can fool people into believing that this bold pink backpack from Pedro is a handbag by carrying it by its top handle. Bonus: This bag also comes with a removable shoulder strap so you literally can style this bag four ways. Versatility? Check.
Nanushka Tove mini croc-effect vegan leather shoulder bag, US$251.59 (S$340.83) from Net-a-Porter
Can’t decide if you want to wear some body chain jewellery or a backpack for a beach festival? Well this Nanushka piece solves that dilemma. This vegan leather creation is small — it can only fit a few cards and a lipstick, but it makes such a statement that the hassle of holding onto your phone is totally worth it. For a quirky look, wear it across your chest with an off shoulder floral dress and mules.
Wicker Wings Tixting Tall rattan and leather backpack, US$420.35 (S$569.45) from Net-a-Porter
If you can’t get enough of the rattan/raffia/straw bag trend that just shouts ‘summer is here’, then indulge further with this gorgeous burgundy creation from Wicker Wings. Also available in black and slate grey, this backpack will look stunning against a denim jacket and black mini dress pairing. Round off the look with a pair of boots.
Gucci leather-trimmed printed canvas backpack, US$866.16 (S$1,173.40) from Net-a-Porter
The tri-coloured striped baiadera canvas is used to create this Parisian-chic-meets-beach-vacation Gucci bag. Even if you don’t tote this to the beach with a sarong and espadrilles, you can use it to add colour to your staple t-shirt and jeans combo.
Prada Vela large leather-trimmed shell backpack, US$900.39 (S$1,219.77) from Net-a-Porter
Did you know? Prada made its name with its nylon bags, which were super popular in the late ’90s and early ’00s. The bags are back with their signature nylon fabric, and their classic modern style is clearly exemplified with this Vela backpack that uses leather trimmings to contrast against the soft, smooth fabric. Wear this with a playful jumpsuit and white sneakers to play up its clean, subtle quality.
Balenciaga Wheel neon embroidered shell backpack, US$955 (S$1,293.75) from Net-a-Porter
We still can’t get over the S/S’19 neon trend so we’re going to be sporting this vivid green Balenciaga design. We also love the bag’s simple, clean lines, which are reminiscent of the bags we used to tote to school. Pair this with your neon clothing to really create an attention-grabbing ensemble.
Loewe Paula rucksack prints green backpack, S$2,500
Created for the bohemian spirit in mind, this whimsical patterned backpack is bright and bold, a style that is distinctive of the Spanish label’s third and latest collaboration with Ibiza boutique Paula’s. Head to the beach and channel a free-spirited air with a loose white lace dress and a pair of sandal flats.