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How-to: Wear Your Backpack Off Campus

When most people think of backpacks, they immediately think of school. You carried one for years throughout grade school and college and haven’t thought about it since. We may be biased, but we love to wear our backpacks post-grad for weekends, errands and travel. These hands-free styles are convenient, carry everything you need and let you focus on the important things (AKA — your iPhone and iced chai). Vera Bradley Campus Ambassador, Kalynn from Ohio State, is transitioning her style from campus to the workplace. Currently a Digital Marketing Intern for Victoria’s Secret, we talked to Kalynn about the backpack she’s using for her internship and how she’s styling it for the corporate world.

“I’m Kalynn, an incoming senior at Ohio State University and lifestyle blogger at Kalynn Elizabeth. When I started my blog, I discovered my love for fashion and marketing. I enjoy styling, traveling and creating content, which led me to my internship at Victoria’s Secret.”

how to wear your backpack off campus

“This summer, I’m Victoria’s Secret’s Digital Marketing Intern at their headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. I am working on some exciting projects that are challenging me in new ways. Every day is different and I love it!”

how to wear your backpack off campus

“The office is about a 30-minute commute. Between working late or meeting up with friends after hours, I’m on-the-go all day and need a bag that can carry A LOT of stuff! Basically, I live out of my bag, which is why I’m carrying the Gallatin Cargo Backpack. I can carry my essentials — a padfolio, notebook, agenda, pens, water bottle, phone charger, wallet and a snack — as well as my trusty umbrella since Ohio weather is so unpredictable. Carrying a backpack is essential to keep my hands free for carrying my coffee and packed lunch!”

how to wear your backpack off campus

“Our office attire is business casual, so I like to keep it simple and comfortable for the workday. I typically wear neutral pieces layered with a blazer and minimal jewelry. These outfits work well to take me from the office to happy hour as easily as shedding the blazer and adding a pair of heels. Keeping it neutral means I don’t have to change work bags, and my backpack will coordinate with everything in my wardrobe!”

how to wear your backpack off campus

“My internship has taught me that the key to confidence is dressing for success. My office style is comfortable but pulled together, so I can focus on my job and not fuss with my outfit. Just add a watch and a killer workbag and you’ll feel like a total girl boss! My experience has also taught me not to be afraid to speak up. Put your heart into your work and people will notice.”

Shop Kalynn’s internship essentials:

Get the look:

Gallatin Cargo Backpack*   |   Travel Mug   |   13 Month Student Agenda

*Available July 27

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