Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a new section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.
This week’s Hindsight Fashion is the Mini Backpack.
The Mini Backpack (any purse with two shoulder straps that is worn across the back) was a variation of the handbag which gained popularity during the 1990’s. The Mini Backpack was a prominent accessory in the movie Clueless. (Strangely, as I continue to explore the regrettable fashion trends of my adolescence, this movie keeps surfacing again and again.)
The Mini Backpack’s practicality was what made it so popular. Most styles had several compartments within which to keep your belongings organized, and the ability to divide the weight of the purse between both shoulders made it easy to carry. As I write this, I am realizing that the Mini Backpack might actually be the perfect accessory for my current lifestyle as a full-time Mommy. If it were not so far off trend, it would be an easy way to carry snacks, cell phone, keys, toys, diapers, wipes, and sippy cups to and from the park without dragging a caravan behind you.
In light of this revelation, I am going to proclaim the Mini Backpack the future must-have accessory of beleaguered Mommies everywhere. And hey, even if it doesn’t catch on, I’ll always have Cher Horowitz to keep me company.