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Fashionable backpacks to hit the streets

Backpacks are a fun, casual alternative to handbags and shoulder bags. Don't think that they are all sporty bags designed for the mountain; in fact, you can find plenty of fashion-forward alternatives that will look right at home in an urban environment. For fun daytime style, look for a mini version, smaller than the average size, that fastens with a drawstring rather than a zip. Leather is a good, practical choice for everyday life, but there are also synthetic alternatives available if you prefer faux leather. You could also look for a bag with some embellishments, such as embroidery, appliqué details, or metal accents. Choose a bag with adjustable straps, and wear it in a way that's comfortable for you!

Finding the best rucksack for sports

Of course, backpacks are an ideal choice if you're heading to the gym. In this case, the sportier, the better! You can find fun colours of sporty bags, some with statement logos and some without. Choose a colour that goes well with your gym kit; even though you're on your way to work out, you don't want to clash! It can be helpful to find a bag with multiple pockets and compartments. This way you'll be able to keep your shower essentials separate from your clothes, and you can keep your post-workout, sweaty gear away from anything else you're carrying. Don't wear your bag too high on your back, but avoid leaving it too low-slung, either – you'll risk looking like a teenager trying to be cool on the way to school!

A rucksack with a twist to take to the office

Can you wear a backpack to the office? Of course! If you have to carry heavy items like a laptop with you, you might find that this is a more comfortable alternative to a shoulder bag. A roll-top design offers a funky twist on classic styles, and can look suitably smart for a day at work. Its square body will also mean that you can hold a computer, tablet, or books. If you don't choose leather, try a sturdy canvas, and stick to a neutral colour to keep it looking smart, such as the Herschel Little America backpack! Some of these bags fasten with a plastic clip, while others have a belt-style strap with metal details; you might find that the latter looks more formal, and therefore fits better with a smart office dress code.