Backpacks for grown up ladies

It never ceases to amaze me that there are people who are sufficiently free of hand that, should they so choose, they could quite happily spring unburdened into a rendition of YMCA on their commute to work. Me, I seldom leave home without a pantechnicon over my shoulder, sometimes two.

Way back in 2011 I disgorged the contents of my handbag online when discussing this same topic. I confess that although I do now have a new carpet *shudder* I have clearly not learned the art of packing light. This would explain why I found myself at the mercy of a physio a few weeks ago having a rotated disk manipulated.

Sadly I fear that any exercise to reduce the contents of my bag in any meaningful way will prove unsuccessful, so instead I am on the hunt for a backpack. But not a grotty canvas one with velcro bits and coloured tags a là the ones you used as a 12 year old on school camps, but one that could feasibly pass as a sophisticated ladies handbag.

I should say at this point that I am not what you might call a bag lady. I’m sorry, but I just don’t get the almost religious passion some women feel towards handbags. Seriously, you could feed several families for a year on what some women will spend on a single statement bag. My current default bag set me back all of £14 from Accessorize and I get plenty of compliments about it thank you very much. That said, in the interests of durability I have, with one exception, gone for genuine leather options here which takes me above my usual £50 comfort zone. Oh, and they’re also a decent size to fit in all that important ‘stuff’.

If you’ve seen something better, please do add your contribution to the comments section.

One for the vegans, the Brave Simple backpack from eco-label Matt & Nat is also available from ASOS, £80.

One for the vegans, the Brave Simple backpack from eco-label Matt & Nat is available from ASOS, £80.

Why not support a small business and get your bag made to order from Etsy? This genuine leather bag is £110 and ships from Lithuania.

Why not support a small business and get your bag made to order from Etsy? This genuine leather bag is £110 and ships from Lithuania.

Pricier than I would usually recommend, but this season is all about yellow so if you're brave enough, this leather prion from Grafea is worth a look. £180

Pricier than I would usually recommend, but this season is all about yellow so if you’re brave enough, this leather option from Grafea is worth a look. £180

Ah, the good ol' satchel. This is the Cambridge Satchel Company's backpack version - available in 11" (£125) or 13" (£145).

Ah, the good ol’ satchel. This is the Cambridge Satchel Company’s backpack version – available in 11″ (£125) or 13″ (£145).

Simple and smart is this ASOS Leather Backpack In Boysy Shape, £55.

Simple and smart is this ASOS Leather Backpack in Boysy Shape, £55.

If I were to drop my rule about budget (which I won't) then I might be tempted to buy this Minty Marc Jacobs number (but I won't). £295.

If I were to drop my rule about budget (which I won’t) then I might be tempted to buy this Minty Marc Jacobs number (but I won’t). £295.

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