Backpacks are back. More and more fashion-savvy people are taking a cue from their schoolyard days and opting for a classic two-strap pack for the daily commute. But if you really want to nail the look, leave the colorful hiking pack in the closet and upgrade to something a little more your age.
Start with a "less is more" mentality. Look for a minimal design without a lot of bells and whistles that fits seamlessly into your daily workwear. The last thing you want is to show up to the office looking like you're ready for the first day of class, so keep it professional. Make sure your bag is made from a sturdy material that will maintain its shape, like this canvas backpack from Skagen. Better yet, go with leather—it will last forever and continue to look better with age.
Lastly, pick your times. Don't wear a backpack every day. If you're meeting a date at a swanky cocktail bar after work, ditch the pack in favor of your briefcase for the day. Or don't—girls love a guy who's not afraid to stand out, just make sure it's venue appropriate. Fortune favors the bold, right?
Words and Photos by The Cuff