Backpack Update and Freebird Western Oxford Pointy Toe Bootie Review

I have purchased and returned two backpacks so far.  Both of them fail mainly on this point:  they are way too big on my petite frame.  They look so different on the models!  I guess I need to start re-imagining bags on my short self the same way I re-imagine tops, coats etc.

Pictures 1 and 2 -- Rebecca Minkoff Logan backpack (now sold out) on just barely 5'4" me and the 5'11" model.

Pictures 3 and 4 -- Same comparison with the Rachel Zoe Montana backpack.

Picture 5 -- The backpack that I now have on order is the B Brian Atwood Juliette backpack.  It looks dinky on the model so it might just work on me!  I also like that it is more structured.

Pictures 6 - 8 -- Freebird Esquina booties.  I haven't been able to wear these yet because summer lingers on, I'm still in sandals or work clogs.  I jumped on these in early August before the fire (breaking one of my rules not to buy fall merchandise until October-November) because I was afraid they would sell out.  I see they are in stock again.  They are comfortable and something in between a Western boot/pointy toe bootie/oxford.  Note how they work with a cropped pant! 

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  • biscuitsmom replied 5 years ago

    Love them all!

  • goldenpig replied 5 years ago

    Wow, that is a big difference in the backpacks between you and the models! That's weird because you seemed really tall to me based on your WIWs, I would never have guessed that you're petite. Hope the third time's the charm! The booties look great with your outfits!

  • talific replied 5 years ago

    I definitely like the Brian Atwood bag much better than the other two. It's super cute, I hope it ends up being a good size for you. Also those boots are awesome! 

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    Thanks ladies!  I thought it might be instructive if I posted how different these bags look on a shorter person.  Also because I am short waisted it is most pronounced.  The bag that ends on the waist of the models ends below the rear on me.

    Since I don't get to do much B&M shopping, I have started to develop a model vs. me eye for fit.  Even things like necklaces can look very different on me.  The biggest issue is tops and jackets.  I truly need a petite top and jacket, but the selections available tend not to be as fashion-forward as I would like.  I continue to think this is a business opportunity.  I used to love shopping in Tokyo and Hong Kong because I am average there not petite.

  • Mo replied 5 years ago

    I know this is totally off the point - but your shirt in #6 is awesome!  Okay, back to backpacks, lol.  I had a 'tiny' one in the 90's that I can't remember the brand of.  I feel you on the sizing issues.  

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    FAB booties!! I am swooning here. You look amazing in those. Also nodding with Mo about shirt in #6. 

    And thank you for the most instructive post about bag sizes. I often have this experience and have learned to be extremely wary and to look at what the measurements say. My "tote" is actually what they usually call a "shopper." Ha! 

  • annagybe replied 5 years ago

    Love the shoes.
    Good luck on the backpack hunt.

  • replied 5 years ago

    Love the booties!

    I tried a backpack from Zara and loved it but had the opposite problem! It was too small for what I needed!

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    Those booties look perfect on you - great decision to buy!  The backpacks do look huge on petite you - great illustration. I hope the next one works out.

  • jayne replied 5 years ago

    Great illustration of the true size of things. Love the styles you have picked so it is too bad they are too big.  I have to remind myself alot that the pictures can lie when perusing online shopping. But I also loved that two tone shirt.  So cool.

  • Glory replied 5 years ago

    Love the shoes. Love the concept of the backpack for you and hope you find one that scales better. I had no idea so much appreciate the illustration

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    Hope the new smaller backpack works out and killer new pointy toe booties. Perfect for Queen Trendy Urban Farm Gal.

  • deb replied 5 years ago

    I cannot believe how large the backpacks are. They make you look like a kindergartner with a big kid backpack. Good call on those and I hope the new one works better.

  • cobaltblue replied 5 years ago

    Wonderful booties! Fingers crossed that your backpack works out.

  • donnat replied 5 years ago

    Wow who knew? Hope the smaller bag turns out for you. Nice booties.

  • rachylou replied 5 years ago

    The boots are great!

    I sympathise on the backpack issue. I know exactly what you're talking about.

  • merwoman replied 5 years ago

    Great visuals regarding backpack sizing - thank you for posting this Denise.  I find the same thing in handbags - the scale can often be overwhelming on my frame.  LOVE your boots - you were wise to snap them up when you did...imagine how disappointed you would be if they were gone come October.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    I love those booties! And I do so appreciate seeing these things on someone who is close to my height (although I would have never guessed it if you hadn't told us). Waiting for the new backpack to arrive.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Love the booties!

  • Adelfa replied 5 years ago

    I'm guessing you'll be really happy with your new backpack. And the booties are a great combination of refined and rugged--a combo that appeals to me too!

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    ZOMG, the booties! So, so, cool. As is that black/white top. Total wantsies on both... you know I went straight to the boot pics, so I have to go fan myself for a while before returning to the backpacks, lol.

  • ManidipaM replied 5 years ago

    FUNky boots! And this from a gal with pointy-toe poison eye.

  • kkards replied 5 years ago

    love the booties. i know that you feel that the backpack in #3 is to big, but i really like it.

  • Sara L. replied 5 years ago

    Great boots!  I love your visuals with the backpack.  I wouldn't have guessed height would make such a difference.

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