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Delilah Belle Hamlin styles her moss green Prada backpack with camel trousers, red boots and a printed top Credit: Getty Images

Over the years, my bag taste has veered from oversized totes to polished bucket bags, The Row-inspired baskets to compact shoulder pouches. But one thing hasn’t changed - I’ve remained firmly in the single strap camp. Backpacks were best left in the '90s (see Clueless) unless you happened to be school age. The humble backpack (or knapsack) was far too functional for fashion. Or so I thought...

Something’s changed - I want a backpack. My Celine trio cross-body (a 30th birthday present) is as surprised as I am. I’m not after a big buck designer take on the style (though if someone pressed a Gucci floral velvet Alpina over my shoulders...). I want a utility backpack. Stripped back, zipped-up, perhaps...

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