Nothing seems to stir up more controversy than a man holding a bag.
It seems strange that while androgynous looks on the runways and highstreets are ever more prevalent, the bag remains a feminine step too far for most blokes.
And yet, ironically most manbags are synonymous with highly masculine endeavours: sport, combat, mountaineering, travel, et cetera. Yet, virtually all guys put up with bulging wallets and sagging pockets just to be unencumbered by a ‘girly’ accessory.
So how do you wear a bag without sacrificing your manhood in the process? Take a read of these top tips and see if you can’t find a way:
- Think traditional colors. Stick to hues and shades with strong connotations of manhood; good choices include black, brown, tan, oxblood, gray and military green.
- Avoid embellishments. No mess, no fuss; look for bags without logos, never-ending pocket flaps and ‘feminine’ flourishes like banding or tassles. You can still achieve practical functionality without finicky clasps and toggles.
- Your childhood is over. A sad fact perhaps, but now you’re all grown up it’s time to ditch the satchels and backpacks. If you want to retain your youth, a good compromise can be achieved with a messenger bag – although ‘college preppy’, choosing a strong leather variation can give it a mannish boost.
- Size is a key factor. Too large and you’ll feel over-encumbered and look like you’re overcompensating, too small and the bag becomes ornamental. Find a carry-all that matches your stature and build; don’t be afraid to take a peek in the store’s full-length mirror before investing your cash.
Can you think of any other advice? Have anything to say about this post? Feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment…