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The Purse Meets Backpack Utility

What is a backpack purse?

The backpack purse is what happens when you cross a backpack and purse like a donkey and a horse-- without the disappointment. (Too edgy?) It's the perfect hybrid purse, with all the functionality of the backpack (minus the carrying capacity) and the style of the purse. They're in style, functional, and a fine accessory for many different outfits.

When you're out and about, it can be pretty unpleasant to haul your purse on one shoulder or hanging free. The backpack purse solves the decades-old problem of allowing your purse to hang on your waist, and having to constantly worry about whether or not you remembered where you set it down. Instead, with your purse snuggly strapped to your back, you can know where it is, and you don't have to set it down everywhere you go.

What to look for in a backpack purse

Finding the right bag should never be a chore. If you're interested in finding the perfect backpack purse for you, consider the breakdown below.


Size matters when you're looking for just the right bag, as do expectations. Don't expect your backpack purse to hold books like a typical backpack. But don't treat it as if it can't hold anything! Get the right size for your on-the-go essentials, and a little extra. If you've found the right size, that's half the battle. Now what about style?


Having solved size, you'll need to narrow down style. By far the most subjective part of the process, you'll need to consider when you'll be wearing your backpack purse. Just for Sunday brunch? Choose something with an understated design, perhaps canvas or leather. If you're looking for more daily use then you'll want something that matches your overall aesthetic, whether it's bright and colorful, or darker and subdued.

Other purses and bags

The shoulder bag

The shoulder bag is one of the most traditional designs and tends to work with most outfits. Depending on the size it can fit most, or all, of your accessories and tools for your beauty needs. With their varied shapes, you can find something more low key or something that will make a statement.

Sometimes a neutral handbag just isn't the right call, and while many of the handbags feature a neutral color, you might have several color options to match with your favorite outfit. And yet, simple color choices may not be enough for what you envision! Simply Vera Vera Wang bags can also feature subtle and classy patterns to give your bag some serious visual intrigue.

The crossbody

With a crossbody, you can accomplish a whole lot. Generally smaller and low profile, you may have to cut down on excess item carrying. However, don't let the loss of space fool you. Having a crossbody gives you several advantages: you can protect your bag better, and the crossbody design can give your look a quaint and thoughtful edge.

People often associate the style and the way you wear your bag as indicators of your personality, so don't miss a chance to make a great first impression. How you wear it is one factor, but the other is the overall shape and color. If you're outgoing and bubbly, consider a brighter color and build your outfit around it. Since crossbody purses are smaller, it won't drown out your outfit the same way a larger bag could.

Crossbodies are also great for nightlife and cocktail parties, with their smaller profile. You won't have to be uncomfortable keeping it on you, and it can be a great conversation starter with new people if you pick something a little off the beaten path.