Three ways to pimp your pack

The backpack may be shaping up as the summer’s prime accessory, but what's the best way of making it work? Simplicity is definitely key - here are three types that will help you pick one that works.

1 Go loud (above)
You’re wearing it, so don’t hide it. Blending your bag with your outfit is an error. A bright colour exudes confidence and adds spark to conservative get-ups — just avoid clashing with anything similarly bold. Lime green backpack, £275, by Stone Island. Red backpack, £185, by Master-Piece at oki-ni.com

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2 On canvas (above)
If fluorescent shades and eccentric shapes aren’t your thing, opt for a more classic style. Drawstrings and leather details are key. Canvas packs age better than nylon and can be worn with most outfits. Orange canvas rucksack, £250, by YMC. Camel canvas rucksack, £185, by Paul Smith

3 Skin is in (above)
For a bag that will last, invest in leather - it’s pricier, yes, but comfortable, luxurious and on the smarter side of edgy - and it is this season’s ultimate investment piece. For best results, go dark. Brown leather backpack, £350, by Jas MB. Black leather backpack, £624, by Marni at mrporter.com