On Trend: Utilitarian Bags

Over the past couple of years, utilitarian bags have made a BIG comeback. Gone are the days when backpacks were reserved for schoolkids or actual backpackers and only your uncool dad would be caught dead in a “fanny pack” (side note: they’re now called “belt bags” or “bum bags”). From Louis Vuitton and Gucci to Aldo and Herschel backpacks and belt bags are now a wardrobe staple for the uber fashionable.

The great thing about this trend is that while it’s fashionable, it’s also extremely functional. Backpacks and belt bags are easy to carry, hold a ton of stuff and keep your hands free, making them the perfect shopping, traveling, eating, concert-going…bag. A lot of these bags are also convertible so it’s easy to change them from a backpack to a belt bag to a shoulder bag – depending on what you’re up to. They also vary in terms of size so if you’re someone who doesn’t want, or need to carry your life around with you, reach for a mini backpack. However, if you’re someone that just can’t live without your makeup pouch and your tablet and your water bottle and your phone charger…go big without the fear that people will ask you’re headed next.

Here are some of my top picks, all available at Coquitlam Centre.

One Trek Mind Tote

With padded straps and plenty of pockets this tote-backpack hybrid (yup, that's right, this bag can also be worn as a backpack), is ready for anything the day throws at you.

Available at Lululemon Athletica $78*

Parkland Meadow 30L Plus Backpack

The exterior of this durable and water-resistant bag is made from 100% recycled polyester! With its designated water bottle and laptop pockets, it holds everything you need and more! It comes in a variety of patterns if camo isn't your thing.

Available at Sport Chek $64.99*

Herschel Dawson Backpack XS

Not a fan of big backpacks? Try the Dawson XS! All the functionality of it's larger counterpart but in a cute little package (it's only 11.75" tall by 8.75" wide)!

Available at Below the Belt $69.99*

Core Life Belt Bag

This classic belt bag features an adjustable strap in case you want to wear it across your body and not around your waist.

Available at Hudson's Bay $29.99*

Chetanee Belt Bag

This cute little belt bag comes with an additional strap so you can convert it from a belt bag to a crossbody bag whenever the mood strikes. While it isn't huge, it will definitely fit your phone, cards, lipstick and keys - and let's be honest, what else do you really need?

Available at Call it Spring $34.99*

Which one is your favourite?

*Prices quoted are regular prices, before taxes. Price and availability are subject to change. Please see stores for details.