I never thought I’d dedicate an entire post to backpacks, but here you go. They’ve been making a resurgence recently, slowly creeping back into fashion thanks to all the hipster bike messengers. Backpacks can sort of go one of two ways; either you look masculine-chic or like a total goober still carrying your middle-school backpack, and it’s probably full of Dungeons and Dragons cards or something. But ever since I wrote this post, I’ve had my eye on that J. Crew backpack and had been considering the merits of adding yet another bag to my already overflowing collection (seriously, what is it with women and bags? I always think every bag I buy will be THE bag, and that I’ll never have to buy another one again. And that lasts all of 45 minutes before I start looking for another one. I know I’m not alone in this!). I sort of liked the idea of having my hands free and giving my right shoulder a break from bearing the sole burden of a hanging bag. And yes, the tomboy look of it was really appealing, but the $138 price tag kept me at bay. Even I have limits.
Never one to be deterred, I did my best internet-squirreling and came up with an almost-exact match. And it was more than $100 cheaper. I know, I know, I’m awesome.
In case you are waiting in suspense for how this story plays out, let me ruin the ending for you: I bought it. And aside from a bit of inept fumbling to try and find my wallet when I get to the subway in the mornings, it’s pretty perfect. Like its J.Crew counterpart, it’s heavy canvas with leather (“leather”) buckles and a drawstring closure. ASOS also offers free shipping (sexier words were never spoken), and because it’s not insanely priced, I don’t have to baby it. Do I sometimes feel like a dork carrying it around? Sure. And am I slightly paranoid and neurotic about the leaving things in front pockets in case someone comes up behind me and steals something? Of course. But that’s just because I’m crazy. Crazy fashionable!