Refinery 29 My Stylist: Night Out- Ditch Your Purse for A Backpack

Don vampy lips, a giant hat, and a killer black dress

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Hat from a Western store, Shipley & Halmos dress, Vintage bag, ASOS cut out boots, Sorrelli cuff

Though NYC is known for its nightlife and party scene, the last place you'll see me at is a club. I wholeheartedly prefer dives, local-frequented late-night eateries, and hotel bars. Such being the case, it's easy for me to take my laidback style into the night, which requires little more than the addition of a swipe of lipstick and maybe a piece of jewelry. I even take my day backpack straight to cocktail hour!

This little piece of leather slung across my shoulder has pockets and storage space, which I prefer to a smaller cross-body or clutch. In my backpack I can store disposable film cameras, along with the usual purse suspects: my phone, lipstick, and keys.

It's so much easier to dance the night away in a lightweight pack than to hold onto a clutch. Dare to give it a go? Try taking a backpack to your next evening outing and tell me how it goes.

Photos by Kyle Brown-Watson