FOUR WAYS: THE BACKPACK

Although having a mismatched wardrobe is entirely a first world problem, it can be a very real problem. At least, it was for me before I  adopted the ‘four ways‘ rule (part of my Wardrobe Rehab) – by attempting to make sure that everything I buy goes with at least 4 outfits in my closet before I pull out my wallet. For all you serial shoppers out there, it can also be a useful tool for post-purchase-justification, but that’s not really the point is it now… Although I give most of my closet the four ways treatment, I wanted to share with you one item that’s surprised me by becoming one of the most versatile pieces in my wardrobe – the backpack.

a pair and a spare four ways to wear a backpack

Backpacks are one of those things your mum always tells you that you need, but since the huge poo brown brick of a backpack I was made to wear throughout high school I haven’t really been able to go there. Skip forward a few years and I’ve done a complete 180, helped primarily by a black leather one from Whistles that has pretty much become an extra appendage since I added it to my cart. I must say, it has done wonders for my posture – my mother would be proud! And what’s even better is that when I wear it I get a sense of schoolgirl-esque nostalgia that adds a shine to the day (sans detentions and being constantly told ‘if only you’d apply yourself!’). Recently Whistles sent me this silver backpack from their new SS14 collection, and I thought what better way to test it out than to put it (as well as my own black backpack) to a classic four way?

a pair and a spare four ways to wear a backpack

Whistles Verity Rucksack (in stock in silver soon), Whistles Portland Rucksack

A few other fun options:

$$$: The Row, Alexander Wang. $: Topshop, New Look, Asos.

a pair and a spare four ways to wear a backpack

Outfit 1: Whistles Portland Rucksack, Witchery Sweater (like this), Whistles Silver Skirt, Madewell silk shirt (Like this), Chelsea boots, Asos fedora

Outfit 2: Whistles Verity Rucksack, Topshop white teeWitchery Sweater (like this), DIY neoprene skirt, Zara booties, Asos fedora.

a pair and a spare four ways to wear a backpack

Outfit 3: Whistles Portland Rucksack, Whistles silver skirt, Macgraw blush blazer, Topshop tee, Asos fedora, Witchery flats (like these)

Outfit 4: Whistles Verity Rucksack, Topshop white teeWitchery Sweater (like this), Witchery fluted skirt , Asos fedora, Witchery flats (like these).

a pair and a spare four ways to wear a backpack

Outfit 5: Whistles Verity Rucksack, Witchery Sweater (like this),  Madewell silk shirt (Like this), DIY cut off denim shorts,  grey fedora, Chelsea boots.

Outfit 6: Whistles Portland Rucksack, Whistles silver cami, Whistles silver skirtWitchery Sweater (like this), Asos fedora, Chelsea boots.

a pair and a spare four ways to wear a backpack

Outfit 7: Whistles Portland Rucksack, Boda Skins leather jacket (another here), Witchery Sweater (like this), Whistles silver cami, DIY neoprene skirt, Zara booties, Asos fedora

Outfit 8: Whistles Verity RucksackBoda Skins leather jacket (another here), Witchery Sweater (like this), Whistles silver cami, Crew Jeans, Zara Booties, Asos fedora.

Interestingly the silver backpack appears just as wearable as the black one I have, although if you’re dipping your toe into the whole backpack shenanigans I’d probably choose a neutral tone to start with, then start experimenting with prints and intergalactic metallics.

On another note, I’m so looking forward to watching the Whistles AW14 show via their livestream, I love that you don’t have to actually go to the shows to get a touch of fashion week. Make sure you tune in next Monday 17th at 11.30 am GMT here to watch it!