Your days in the classroom may have passed, but it’s almost impossible not to feel the back-to-school nostalgia as fall approaches. The fashion world feels it too—on runways and in stores, many designers are nodding to the preppy, practical style of the college co-ed this season. Maria Cardelli, the Italian designer with a flair for the artistic and an eye for quality, is no exception. One of the her most popular pieces, the Back Up Bag, embodies all the possibility and purpose that comes with a new school year. Made in Italy from ultra-soft, full-grain calf leather with suede and calf-hair details, the Back Up is a luxe interpretation of the vintage school bag. Read on to find out how you can rock your own collegiate-cool look with this super-versatile piece.
Wear it as a backpack.
You may not have a thick stack of text books to tote, but you can still sport the hands-free look as stylishly as possible. The Back Up Bag comes with removable shoulder and back straps, so you can wear it three ways: as a handbag, shoulder bag, or backpack. This practical detail makes the Back Up Bag a varsity-inspired staple you’ll return to season after season.
Go prep-school chic.
There’s no better backdrop for the Back Up Bag than a prep-school-inspired outfit. From pleated skirts to corduroy jackets and crisp button-down shirts, there’s a wealth of options to choose from this season. Combined with the preppy details of the Back Up Bag, like its structured shape and bold front closure, your ensemble will earn an “A+” in chicness.
Pair it with loafers.
The loafer, one of fall’s it-shoes, is a lot more practical than its high-heeled counterparts. With a low, chunky heel and a slightly androgynous vibe, this shoe embodies the chic yet down-to-earth look of fashion-forward co-eds. Pair your loafers with the Back Up Bag, and you’ll look like you stepped off the runway and into Art History 101.
Whether you’re off to campus, running errands, or headed to the office, Maria Cardelli’s Back Up Bag will make a practical and chic addition to your collegiate-cool ensemble. To find more luxe leather accessories and artistic designs, visit Maria Cardelli Fashion at Facebook or at Sole Commerce in New York City on September 18-20 to preview her upcoming collections.