If ever you doubted that the 90s are back, I give you: backpacks. Fancy ones, made by everyone from the likes of The Row and Jason Wu to contemporary stars like Alexander Wang and Tory Burch. Oh, and those Prada backpacks immortalized in 10 Things I Hate About You? Yeah, those are still around too, and they will still make you take your Sketchers for granted. That being said, are your ready for the return of the backpack?

Personally, I wouldn’t call myself enthusiastic about this trend, exactly, but I’m not mad at it. The first purse I ever remember really, really wanting was a little black faux leather backpack during my halcyon elementary school days in the mid-90s, and when I got it, I adorned it with a cute keychain and wore it until the stuffing came out of the straps. If I came across the right grown-up backpack, I’d certainly consider carrying it; I walk a lot, after all, and having my hands free is a luxury I don’t take lightly. I’ll be sticking to my crossbody for now, but perhaps one of the luxury backpacks we’ve scouted out below can make you a convert.

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  • Joshua

    That Jason Wu tote looks too much like a Kelly gone mainstream because of the calf hair and the luggage tag.

    • Amanda Mull

      Agreed, the closure makes it look a lot like a Kelly.

  • AJ

    “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?”

    In this instance, I fall firmly in the underwhelmed category.

  • Hilary Sloan

    As a recently broken footed person, I want to thank you for this post on behalf of the entire crutch using community.

  • pixiegirlie

    some fads of the 90′s should stay in the 90′s this is one of them

  • bir

    this is one trend that i will not adopt in all honesty it was bad back then its worse now !!

  • EGlez ?

    I love MCM, I LOVE studs… but I hate the fact that they’ve become “SWAG” material thanks to Bieber… ugh. Still, it’s an awesome backpack and thankfully one of the trends a guy can wear without screaming GAY.

  • seresy

    I commute (1.5 hours each way) by train a couple times a week and could actually use a backpack version of my large Le Pliage – I don’t want to set my nice bags on a grimy train floor and need waterproof and spacious and easy to clean. So…the quest will continue, since none of these really suit my needs as of yet.

  • bryologue

    I tried saying no to the backpack for a long time, but I’m now open to it.

  • Cate Adair

    Here are some great backpacks that you should consider since you want your hands free:

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