(style) The Facebook Edit: Practical backpacks for cool chicks (yes, they DO exist)

Think you can't look stylish wearing a rucksack? Think again. This one from Whistles is the fashion eds' choice

Think you can't look stylish wearing a rucksack? Think again. This one from Whistles is the fashion eds' choice

As a freelancer I spend a lot of time hot desking, and running around London like a loon, often leaving the house before breakfast and not returning until after the pubs have kicked out. 

And as a travel writer I spend a lot of time on planes and trains, and filing copy from automobiles, all of which have wardrobe implications for a one-time office-based hack.

I have already swapped my heels for trainers (unless I’m trying to impress or have sex) and now it’s time to upgrade my handbag hardware before my shoulders hate me forever.

The 'smart day bag’ is just not cutting it any more. I admit that I now need a bag that will fit in (and protect) a laptop, gym kit, going out kit and everything-in-between kit, all while looking smart, being kind to my body, and not costing a fortune. I hate to say it, but I need a backpack.

And what does one do when one needs a recommendation from people in the know? Ask Facebook of course!

I love reading FB threads featuring recommendations on books, films, box sets and destinations. And it turns out that my online friends are a mine of information on accessories too.

A recent post asking for recommendations on cool backpacks caused a flurry of social activity and resulted in a hit list of brilliant bags that fit the bill and that I would actually wear.

Ta da! The Facebook Edit is born: real people recommending real stuff they really like and actually really use. Really.

 

THE FACEBOOK EDIT #1: BACKPACKS 

 

BEST FOR: DESIGN JUNKIES

1. Media Man Simon Marsh suggested Swedish brand Sandqvist (from €119) a cool canvas style that I have also spied being sold at the sexy Frame studios.

Scandi style from Sandqvist

Scandi style from Sandqvist

2. Amazon bod and digi geek Abigail Khanna likes the slimline nylon C6 (£145) featuring gunmetal, mesh, magnets and hidden pockets galore.

The C6: subtle but stylish

The C6: subtle but stylish


BEST FOR: CITY SLICKERS

1. Super mum and marketing guru Carolyn Debenham raves about Knomo (£249), chic but practical leather styles featuring serious straps and beautiful grosgrain insides.

A Knomo will keep your look super smart

A Knomo will keep your look super smart

 

2. Stylist Saskia Quirke rates the Whistles Verity (£280), a real investment piece for fashion fans (nb try not to let it get wet, the Italian leather is vey sensitive, it's what we call a cab bag so not entirely practical, but oh so cool).

The Whistles Verity gets the fashion vote

The Whistles Verity gets the fashion vote


BEST FOR: ACTIVE TYPES

1. Professional boozehound Jody Thorsby uses a cheery MiPac (£39.99): cheap, chic and wipe clean, which is handy when you are a drinks PR.

MiPac: Cheap, chic and wipe clean

2. Adventurer and real life ranger (this I why I LOVE Facebook, how else would I be friends with a ranger!?) Sarah Badman-Flook says British brand Bowhurst (£50) is ‘amazing’ in the outdoors (this women spends her weekends climbing mountains and shiz, so she should know).

Bowhurst for the orange-loving adventurer in you

Bowhurst for the orange-loving adventurer in you


BEST FOR: FASHION FOLK

1. NY-based MailOnline Fashion Expert Lisa Potter loves Fjallraven (from £87), designed in the Seventies to protect the backs of schoolchildren and now a hipster lifesaver.

2. And the winner is... (aka the one that Detox|Retox spent her hard-earned cash on) the Herschel Little America (£100 at IdleMan.com). Also recommended by Pinner girl Caroline Kinsella, who has a household full of Hercshels and mini Herschels :). 

It's all black so goes with everything, has a padded laptop sleeve inside and padded straps and back panels on the outside, it's water resistant and just the right side of shiny. And, most importantly, it fits in everything I need and has a secret pocket that is the perfect size to hold a can of G&T.

The Herschel Little America is the chosen one

The Herschel Little America is the chosen one

Padding and pockets = practical AND polished

Padding and pockets = practical AND polished

Happy camper: The Herschel in action

Happy camper: The Herschel in action


Do you have a burning fashion SOS? On the hunt for the perfect white trainers, leather jacket, or smart swimsuit? Let me know and I'll put it to my people for the next Facebook Edit.