I have to admit, readers, that there are some things in the fashion world and the world of shopping that tend to baffle me. Jeans and backpacks are two of the items that I never seem to get quite right. Today, however, I’ve gotten these basics down pat with a little help from my friends (see tips below). What better friend to showcase the fact that I’ve mastered these basics than with man’s best friend (Belle the dog, as she is affectionately known in my family). I’m totally back(pack) to basics, and feeling like we really all do get by with a little help from our friends.
Top: Ann Taylor Loft ($4 marked down from $60)
Jeans: Levi’s via the Levi Store ($35 marked down from $80)
Shoes: Sam Edelman via Nordstrom Rack ($50 marked down from $90)
Backpacks: c/o Carrot
Fashion Huntress tips:
1) If you are looking for a fun and fashionable backpack, Carrot is definitely the place to go. The quality of the backpacks is great; most of the backpacks are a thick fabric and have a ton of pockets inside. You can see my detail pictures below. But, seriously, these aren’t the backpacks we all remember from the 80s (mine was totally My Little Pony or something); these are backpacks with a seriously hip update. If you want to see more of these backpacks and others, Carrot is the place to go.
2) If you live in the Chicagoland area, the Levi store on Michigan Avenue is well worth a trip. The entire back of the store is sale and clearance jeans and a TON of them. Unlike many other jeans clearance sections, there are endless options for jeans in various sizes, colors, and fits at the Levi store. Additionally, I worked with a lovely and talented gentleman named Alex who really took a ton of time helping me with sizes and fittings. I have to say, it was the least painful jeans trying-on in the history of the Fashion Huntress. I came in totally confused and left completely confident. I highly recommend looking for Alex next time you’re in the area for a great fitting and run-down on jeans!
Anyone else have a favorite backpack? Loving the updated prints? Thanks so much for stopping by, readers!
36 replies to “back(pack) to basics”
That pack is so cute! The colors are adorable!
such a lovely look
I think you did a great job styling the jeans and backpack! And belle is the perfect addition! She’s too cute!
Sorry, Melissa, but this time Belle stole the show. LOL ((HUGS))) Amy
LOL LOL I’m totally okay with that. She is definitely so photogenic, right?! She’s a little bundle of joy too 🙂 XO
Um, how cute is Belle🐶!! Great backpacks! I love the blue and yellow one, definitely a style you can get lots of use out off. My old backpacks never look that good, I can remember having Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony!lol! 🙈🙊
RIGHT!? YES! I totally had a My Little Pony one or something- backpacks are super cool now. And Belle says hello 🙂
I love them all! Very cute!
ooh, backpacks are cool & handy, as they don’t make your shoulder ache just on one side! 😀 my personal faves are the Fjällräven Kånken backpack and Japanese schools’ backpacks (randoseru), because i love bags that hold their shapes even when they’re empty.
Awesome!! Great tip- thanks for sharing 🙂
I just sent a link to your post to my friend in Chicago who has complained to me about buying jeans (which I feel like every one does at some point!). That store sounds amazing. I love a good customer service moment!
What an adorable backpack!!! I’m definitely checking these out!
I love the casual pics with Belle. She looks very sweet. Both backpacks are really nice neutral colour schemes. Thanks for sharing!
I still can’t believe the colorfully printed back packs I toted around in my early teens are back in vogue today! I’ve never heard of brand Carrot – but it’s good to know from you that they are as sturdy as they are pretty. I recently went on a backpack craze myself – and got my hands on a vintage leather one. =) I just haven’t posted it on my blog yet.
Jeans on the other hand, are much easier to style. With so many silhouettes, embellishments, washes, and treatments, it’s quite easy to dress them up or dress them down. You can’t go wrong in a pair of Levis!
Awesome! I can’t wait to see it!! Yes, you are so right- I’m definitely a new fan, but I adore my Levi’s!
I simply just love these photos! Great backpack too! The first photo is so pretty 😀 x
Love the solid grey backpack! where is that one from?
You can find it here: Carrot http://carrotus.com/ 🙂
I love that color blocked Herschel and the simple outfit!
Ooo, lovely look and so cute backpacks ! Very good choice , dear!
Your puppy is too adorable! I am loving that color blocked bag too, you definitely got both the jeans and bag right this time!
Great casual outfit! And your pup is so cute! What is his/her name? ~ Lauren http://www.ginnysclosetblog.com
🙂 Thanks! Her name is Annabelle, but she goes by Belle unless she’s in trouble- lol :)~!!
Love that carrot backpack, oh and how adorable is your dog!! I love seeing furry friends on blogs 🙂 xo~ Lena
Super cute and casual look!! love the pup and the yellow backpack so much!!
I love the sky blue and yellow bag- super cute.
I love the sky blue and yellow bag so much.
What a chic and cool outfit. And the back pack is very nice too.
Puppy steals the show. But that backpack is a close second! And of course you look great in a beanie.
LOL she totally does- I’m okay with it, though. She was an excellent sport during the photographs :)~!!
Thanks for all the puppy love, readers!! Annabelle sends her love <3! XO
Looooove these basics! You rocked the basics look with those jeans and backpacks! I am pretty much obsessed with all of my jeans (I wear jeans more than I wear anything else), and I am usually seen carrying a backpack several days a week, so I know what I’m taking about! 😉
Belle is very sweet ❤ ❤ ❤
i’m not usually a backpack fan, but that one is gorgeous – great find!
Those jeans fit you really well! Great job on the backpack too. 🙂