Okay, pricey exotic backpacks aren’t exactly casual, but they’re the perfect middle ground for Snobs who want to get the cool girl look without dressing like an actual schoolgirl. I saw a beautiful woman toting this exact Nancy Gonzalez (on NET-A-PORTER for $3,850) the other day (her croc was in gray, but I can’t resist featuring this bright cobalt!). And no, she wasn’t in her teens or even within childbearing age. She was at least 65 and rocked this backpack like nobody’s business! When I complimented her, she didn’t miss a beat – “Backpacks are so easy. My back pain is manageable because I carry it on both shoulders, and it’s balanced. Not to mention, it leaves my hands free when I’m shopping.” Um, did I just meet the future me?? I want to be that cool grandma with boyfriend jeans and a backpack, and from the looks of it lately, there will be no shortage of exotic options…
Proenza Schouler Large Python Backpack: Proenza’s signature city chic fused with glossy, black python? This is about as sophisticated as backpacks get! At Saks Fifth Avenue for $2,950.
Illesteva Python Charlie Backpack: While snakeskin backpacks are a big investment, that doesn’t mean they can’t be fun. Just don’t expect this camo to help you blend in. At Barneys New York for $2,650.
Reece Hudson Python Siren Backpack: I love that this looks like a top handle/backpack hybrid. It’s casual and convenient without forgoing the ladylike structure we all long for. At Barneys New York for $1,995.