Thursday, October 29, 2009

School satchels inspired by the Proenza Schouler PS1

The Proenza Schouler PS1 that was so popular late last year and early this year has made everyone rethink school bag-like satchels or messenger bags. Not just any mid-sized sling bag counts as one. Usually there must be one or two buckles and a flap, like the school bags our parents may have used.

They're not as formal or fussy as other big structured bags, and then there's that vintage schoolgirl appeal. I've been carrying small satchels for a while but now I feel inspired to upgrade to a roomy one! Unfortunately I'm not in a position to drop thousands on a bag right now! But luckily there are cheaper alternatives.

Mary-Kate Olsen, Kirsten Dunst and Leighton Meister, all cuties in their own right, with the Proenza Schouler PS1.

Two satchels from Topshop. The beige bag is quite a close copy of the PS1, while the second has a worn, vintage look.

This one is from Australian brand Sportsgirl. It's actually called Textbook Satchel. While I think this shade of purple is quite delightful, I'm not sure if the material look very nice. It looks like it might be a bit soft.

Better yet, hit your local vintage or second-hand store. School satchels are in abundance at such stores because I suppose there was a time when people really did use bags like that just because they were functional. And they didn't cost over a thousand dollars either!

Image source: Topshop, Urban Outfitters

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