Way back in 1996, around the time the phenomenon (well, it was a phenomenon if you were a twelve year old girl) known as Clueless came out, the baby backpack became the de rigeur bag for the teen/tween set. I guess if you're an actual child, wearing a tiny backpack makes sense. However, after that, it looks ridiculous. I begged my mother for one, and the one I finally received was black and yellow plaid pleather. For serious. It probably matched all those little kilt/cropped blazer suits worn in the movie, and it never really stayed closed (don't buy synthetics, people.)
The moral of the story is that the baby backpack has returned at Anthropologie, looking more fearsome and hideous than ever before, and very much like it should be in the Sundance catalogue, what with it's vague Southwestern feel. Is this the future of purses? Considering how designers seem to be running out of ideas, maybe so! Maybe some hipsters will even start wearing those teddy bear backpacks around, ironically. Adults seriously wore those in public before, so I'm sure it could happen again.