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Baggin’ Out: Topshop Tan Washed Leather Rucksack


Every girl needs a good purse (or 12). Whether you’re going for groceries or running from class to class, they are simply essential for holding all your, uh, essentials. Each week, I’m going to show you a fashionable, yet functional purse for the college crowd and let you know why you absolutely need it! I apologize ahead of time to your bank account.

I’ve got a traveling mindset going on this week. On Friday, I’m jetsetting off to Toronto! It’s for school, but I do still get one full day of shopping and roaming around my province’s capital. Since I know my itinerary fairly well, I’m trying to pack accordingly and decide which of my many purses to bring. I know that I’m going to be out all day Sunday, so the purse has to be a decent size and comfortable to carry. However, I’ve turned over a new, eco-friendly leaf and want to try to avoid using plastic bags when I make purchases. So this bag is going to need to be HUGE (I’m in the mood to do some major retail damage), yet comfy.

I was stumped, but decided to turn to my good friend, Google, and search for Coachella. Why, you ask? Because Coachella is a weekend-long festival, which means that attendees will need comfy bags that all their junk fits into, and I know I can find quite a few bags by scouring through photos. Okay, enough blabbing; onto my discovery. I saw plenty of crossbodies, but knew that I needed something bigger. And then I saw Rachel Bilson…

…wearing a backpack! My prayers had been answered. A backpack is perfect for any shopping adventure: super-comfy and fits everything! So I scoured Google once again, found the Topshop Tan Washed Leather Racksack and fell in love.

The Topshop Tan Washed Leather Rucksack is made out of 100% Leather (duh) and is the perfect size at 11 L x 13.5 H. It opens up to a huge interior that cinches with a drawstring. Extra protection is provided by the exterior flap that is held in place by two functioning buckles. There is an additional pocket on the outside with enough space to fit all your items that you want “easy access” to, like your cellphone and lipgloss.

This backpack is probably the most functional bag I’ve featured to date. Not only will it be perfect for long days at the beach, cottage, sight-seeing or shopping, but you can use it at school come the Fall (sorry for even using the “S” word!). A stylish backpack will save your shoulder from the agony of an overloaded messenger or hobo bag. You’ll always have enough room for every last important thing and, because it’s made of a high-quality material, no need to worry about it tearing or falling apart. And like I mentioned, it’s celeb-approved! On my initial Google-hunt, I also found Kate Bosworth sporting a backpack at Coachella and our homegirl, Rihanna, toting one around with a friend.

If you’re looking to pick one up, the Tan Washed Leather Rucksack is available at Topshop’s website or in-store for 145 smackaroos!

Check out Alex’s other must-have-bags (and say goodbye to your savings account) here.

I love my little hometown and all that goes with living in the Great White North - snow, skiing, hot chocolate, bulky knit sweaters. I'm passionate about a lot of things, but you'll most often find me writing about books, makeup and fashion. As I like to put it, I've got beauty AND brains.