Until a few years ago they would be considered just flamboyant appendages. But the scenario has changed; with one in every five-luxury bags sold is a man bag. Who said men don’t need bags? What else would hold all the crap (read: laptop, wallet, phone, card holder, business cards, and keys)? Bags are one of those accessories that serve function as well as fashion. Of course, the hardest part is to choose the right one that would serve as a utility while adding another element to your look. To make your task easier, here are the five hottest men bag styles for fall-winter ’15.
The name is a clear indication of the purpose. While every man is supposed to have at least one classic leather holdall in his repertoire, fabric and wool holdalls are just as popular. Although wool is mainly used for knits and outerwear, it also makes for richly textured bags. To add some instant pizzazz to your outfit, consider either tweed or herringbone prints to bring some vintage flair to your look or a plain black or charcoal grey design to channel the sports-luxe trend. Make sure your fabric holdalls are coated and sprinkled with a protector spray to keep them safe from the elements.
Not the sole preserve of hikers anymore, the backpack has now made its mark as one of the most stylish bags for men. Leather backpacks are all the rage now, with traditional synthetics like nylon being traded for premium leather, and cheap buckles for polished, tough-as-nails hardware. Don’t mistake backpacks for just casual style. Today’s leather backpacks are smarter and sleeker, and go with just about anything, from tailored ensembles to everyday looks.
The Gym Bag
There’s good news for those too lazy to hit the gym. Now, you needn’t have to hit the gym in order to carry a gym bag. With sports luxe the latest trend on all major runways, men’s barrel bags have also been getting quite a makeover. You’re as likely to see them on the street or on a designer as a pair of trainers and track pants. Look for nylon or cotton options in solid colours to be fit both for the gym and outside.
The Modern Briefcase
With a phone, iPad, laptop, e-reader, and their coiled chargers taking up most space, an old-fashioned briefcase just doesn’t work anymore. The new-age briefcase is specifically built for the modern man and his beloved gadgets. Stylish exteriors with zip closures, padded interiors, and sturdy fastenings are just some of the features of the modern briefcase.
The Portfolio Bag
The style and elegance a portfolio bag or folio brings to your look is still quite unmatched. Of late, a folio has become less of a utility and more of an accessory that makes you stand out in a crowd. Choose one in leather and a solid colour like black, charcoal, or navy to be able to carry it with everything from your everyday jeans to boardroom formals.
While it’s easy to get swayed by all the different styles bags for men in the market today, keep in mind both fashion and functionality when making a selection. The best one will complement most of your outfits while also carrying all your essentials.