Menswear doesn't just include well-fitting pants, tops, suits, shoes and belts. Men also carry bags. The addition of a great bag, be it a backpack or leather hold all bag completes a wardrobe and provides a place for a guy to bring along everything he needs for a day out or long day at work.
Choosing the right bag isn't as easy as it'd seem. While most men truly just grab the first thing they see and call it a day if they put a bit more effort in they can look professional, polished and stylish. It should be perfect for both personal style as well as lifestyle. There's no need to be intimidated or confused when shopping for these elusive wardrobe additions. There are plenty of options in various materials and colors and for any budget.
Yet, many men find that they're clueless as to where to start. Some stores even place the men's style bags in with women's as they are similar. Thankfully, most wouldn't be able to tell anyway as long as trends are followed. Masculinity is definitely a big factor to consider when finding the best bag, with the right choice, manliness won't suffer.
To begin with, searching for a durable and rugged material is key. A leather carryall is the perfect choice, as well as a canvas backpack. Take stock of what needs to be carried on a daily basis or what will be in this particular bag before heading out to shop. This will make the process much faster and more simple.
Here are some different types of bag that are popular for men in 2016. They are durable, suitable and will serve every purpose they set out to.
The leather hold all bag
A leather hold all is definitely the go-to bag for most men. The name says it all, "hold all." It is perfect for carrying many different items for a day at work, excursion, trip to the gym, going to class and more. The multiple functions will serve him well all day long, and when chosen well they are very fashion forward while still providing a manly look.
Choose a leathery carryall bag that is medium in size, and brown leather is the most popular type. This is because the versatility and durability of leather makes it go with just about anything that's being worn.
The briefcase doesn't have that boxy feel that it did back in the 80's and 90's. They are not the father's briefcases, but have a slim and sleek look that's perfect for a few important papers and possibly a laptop. For any man that wears a suit to work, or dresses up for a professional atmosphere a briefcase will be a better choice than the leather carryall bag.
Black leather looks great with suits, while canvas is excellent for casual days.
For a hands-free option, the backpack is zero mess and can hold everything needed for a long day. Pack clothes and deodorant for the gym, books and writing utensils for school, or wear it on a bike or motorcycle without worry of having somewhere to store things on a commute.
Backpacks come in all colours and sizes. Men shouldn't be afraid to branch out with this look and draw attention to an otherwise drab outfit. A backpack definitely shows a man's personality as opposed to a leather carryall bag or briefcase.
The tote is gaining popularity with men this year, as it can carry the most of any option. Throw in clothing, camera, laptop, accessories and more and be prepared for any day completely. Many use them as a carry on for the plane. It will save a man from stuffing too much in his pockets and looking awkward.
These are the best options for men, and easy to find in any men's section, or a store dedicated to men's accessories both online and brick and mortar.