Before Karlie Kloss jetted on over to London to take in her BFF Taylor Swift’s latest concert (and pose for quite possibly the most epic girl-gang pic yet) she met up with pal and man-about-town Derek Blasberg for a summery New York afternoon stroll. And the supermodel-slash-pastry-chef answered the age-old question: How the hell do you wear a backpack with a dress and not look like an accessory-challenged tourist?
Because, sweltering summer is prime dress weather — and backpacks just make sense. The double-strap situation evenly distributes the weight of all your essentials (“essentials”), from your work laptop to that pair of heels you’re bringing, just in case. The thing is, it’s not always easy to find that sartorially symbiotic pairing of a feminine dress silhouette and a rugged rucksack. On one hand, you need a dress that has a more casual element, like Karlie’s cut-out, wrap-front maxi by Reformation. The light-blue hue and textured weave channel a relaxed, chambray effect. And, for your (traditionally informal) backpack, go luxe with plush leather and a caramel-brown (or otherwise refined neutral) hue, like Karlie’s sold-out Mansur Gavriel. And just like that, a backpack absolutely works with a dress. But, only like this.