Everyone was talking about THAT Burberry rucksack after the SS16 womenswear shows. Rucksacks are no longer only for sporty types or school girls. 

The humble backpack has had a major makeover and there are lots of grown up, very stylish rucksacks around this season that hardly resemble rucksacks at all. Here are 5 very good reasons why every girl should own a rucksack.

1. So long JanSport, Hello Burberry and Alexander Wang

Burberry Prorsum showed off its new backpack, a nylon gabardine rucksack with leather trims and gold chain shoulder straps, with full gusto. The finale saw all its models loaded up with the black and gold version of the rucksack, with each models initials having been thoughtfully embroidered into each one.

With a raunchy ad campaign shot by Mario Testino, and fronted by new face, Misha Hart, The Rucksack is the lust-have accessory for the season.

The Rucksack by BurberryThe Rucksack, £795, Burberry


Rucksacks were also worn with pride at Rick Owens, Phillip Lim and Alexander Wang. The chic Mini Marti Backpack from Alexander Wang is an eye-catching, lightweight option for when you don’t want to carry a full-size backpack.

Alexander Wang Beige Mini Marti BackpackAlexander Wang Beige Mini Marti Backpack, £860, Liberty


Stylishly executed with zip-apart straps that can be worn at the back or over the shoulder, useful zip pocket in the front flap, external side zip pockets and an internal zip pocket too. Perfect for wearing on your back during the day and then switching up to a handbag at night. The more minimal Black Leather Dumbo Backpack with Rose Gold Studs by Alexander Wang also deserves a mention.

Apart from the fact that rucksacks are THE style accessory of the season there are also some other more practical reasons why every girl needs a rucksack in her life.

2. They're good for your shoulders, posture, health in general

Ever stood in the mirror front-on and noticed that one of your shoulders is hunched-up slightly higher than the other? The oversized handbag trend has done women no favours posturally speaking.

Avoiding shoulder pain, lopsidedness and back problems are all reasons why you need to invest in a backpack.

Love Moschino Backpack with Detachable ScarfLove Moschino Backpack with Detachable Scarf, £170, ASOS


New Look Black Quilted Panel Zip Front BackpackBlack Quilted Panel Zip Front Backpack, £19.99, New Look


3. You can Go hands-free

Have you ever tried pushing a buggy whilst holding an umbrella in one hand and a six year old in the other? You need a rucksack. This minimalist Leather Ponyhair Backpack from Topshop is a sleek, sophisticated option that’s smart enough to take to the office.

Topshop Leather Ponyhair BackpackLeather Ponyhair Backpack, £55, Topshop


Faith Natural Snake Trim BackpackFaith Natural Snake Trim Backpack, £39, Debenhams


4. Rucksacks are super comfortable

If you go for a full-size backpack you can fit a lot of stuff in but it feels like you are carrying a lot less than when you have it all painfully hanging from one shoulder.

ASOS Chunky Chain BackpackASOS Chunky Chain Backpack, £35, ASOS


5. They can add some style when you hit the gym

This should be a given, but so many of us still seem to squeeze as much as humanly possible into a simple tote bag.

Whistles Leather Verity Backpack in Forest GreenWhistles Leather Verity Backpack in Forest Green, £280, ASOS