The grunge era of the '90s was all about looking cool without looking like you were trying too hard to look cool. So when it came to purses, the less effort the better. That might be why the mini backpack purse was so in — you didn't even have to carry it. The '90s are back in a big way and you can embrace them with something like this wrinkled leather knapsack with antique brass hardware like Balenciaga's Classic Traveler backpack.
Liz Kores is the managing director of the Oak Street Council, an association that represents the very best in Chicago shopping, dining, and hotels in the city’s fashionable Gold Coast neighborhood. She also sits on the board of the Chicago Fashion Incubator and enjoys blogging about style for a variety of online publications.