The 4 Best (and Worst) Bags for Your Back

How often do you really stop to consider how your fashion choices are affecting your body? Sure, when your new boots rub your heel into a blistered mess or your shoulder gets sore after carrying a heavy tote bag around all day, you become more aware of these choices. But in the interest of educating ourselves even further on the bags we carry every day, we turned to someone who knows a lot more about the physical effects of our sartorial choices than we do: a chiropractor.

Just because we fall head over heels with a new bag trend doesn’t mean that all of these new styles are doing our back, neck, and shoulders any good. PSA: Some bag trends are doing bad, bad things to our back, according to L.A.-based chiropractor Gopal Cabrera. The doctor weighed in on the eight top handbag styles of the moment, sharing which he’d be overjoyed to see you wear—and which he cringes at the thought of.

We should note, however, that instead of taking these as hard guidelines to follow, it’s better to consider each as suggestions when reaching for the same bag style each day. While Cabrera advises strongly against a handful of the season’s top bag trends, that doesn’t mean you should burn them upon reading this; use your best judgment. That said, if you’re hauling the same bag around town day in and day out, wouldn’t you want to know whether or not it’s killing you slowly? Okay, maybe not killing you, but still. Keep reading to discover and shop the best bags for your back.

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Paul Taka

Paul Taka