Styling Tip

No, you still can't wear a backpack with a suit. Sorry. However, if you want to bend the rules, consider throwing on a heavyweight parka over a sport coat, flannel trousers and rugged boots first, and then pull on your rucksack.

The Rucksack Spectrum

Rucksacks are all over the place this Fashion Week, whether on the runway, on the backs of street style photographers like Tommy Ton (who recently made one with Club Monaco) or other stylish gents who simply want to free up their hands. More grown-up than a backpack, details like leather straps and buckle closures add a utilitarian flair to the familiar staple. Herewith, some strapping options in a range of prices:

Canvas Outfitter, $29

Simply made from cotton canvas with extra zippered pockets and padded shoulder straps for comfort.

Kelty, $74

This low-profile reinterpretation has leather accents and compression straps for easy movement.

Topo Designs Daypack, $109

The asymmetrical zipper and dual leather lash tabs add a stylish accent, while the Cordura exterior is built tough.


Trees, $54

With Baja stripe accents on the front and straps, they add a little southwest flavor into a basic drawstring rucksack.

Duluth Pack, $95

Available in a variety of colors from 15-oz canvas, a simple style that's remained unchanged for decades.

Mismo Flap Rucksack, $585

Thick leather straps mean business, with a padded back and lined interior featuring a computer sleeve.


Published on

February 15, 2012

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