It is unthinkable for many women to go out without their precious bag. For men, it’s more complicated: we are not used to having hands taken all day long. It is steeped in morals, a man is not destined to have a bag.
Still, it is very convenient and democratized, feeding on testosterone day by day. So rest assured right now, we do not as
you to wear it on the cubical pit like Samantha Jones, but to tame this accessory which is frankly necessary too.3
Let’s take a look at which models of men’s bags are the easiest to wear and which mistakes to avoid. As usual, find our selection of good brands of bags for men at the end of the article!
Can a man wear a bag?
The real question is “Do we really need a bag?” We can first take it as an accessory that will bring the finishing touch to a look, but it also has real utility!
It allows you to carry more easily your personal belongings (wallet, papers, books, bottle of water, glasses, etc.), without distorting your pockets or risk losing something.
Does a bag have a place in a man’s outfit?
Absolutely ! A bag can have the same role as a pair of boots or a leather jacket. Many men block when it comes to wearing one and, when they find themselves at the edge of the cliff, many of them use … a gym bag! Or even these mini bags absolutely not assume
ed, which provide the opposite effect of the one wanted, namely to give a side “teen” to the outfit.
REMINDER: WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA OF A QUALITY BAG?
We do not change the good habits, the first thing to observe is the material. Look for a nice leather, thick enough, which takes light. Ditto for canvas: a poor quality fabric may tear when worn.
Also observe the supplies used: robust zips and other closure systems, metal inserts linking the Hans to the body of the bag … Finally, the finishes. For example, check that the slices are clean 4. Not to mention the lining used, the care given to the interior pockets, the thickness of the thread or even the regularity of the points. In this case, the must remains the saddle stitch: the seam does not give way if the thread breaks, because each point is actually a knot.
WHAT MATTER TO CHOOSE?
A bag must first be solid. The first thing you need to think about is: “Will it hold up once loaded?” If you are urban, choose a thick canvas or leather. The perfect example is the Wilson. This bag is almost indestructible, it patina well over the years and remains very resistant.For the canvas, choose water repellent ideally: it is always unpleasant to find its effects soaked at the end of a rainy day. If you play in more formal styles, a full grain leather will be perfect, the weather will embellish it.
Plastics are to be avoided, they will not hold up and give a teen style (you’ll understand). Leather rather vulgar, too paginated or too ribbed too. Again, it is important to choose a bag that will accompany you for a long time because this accessory is timeless.
For a leather bag, count more or less 300 euros for a quality model. Below, the skin will be of poor quality and it is noticed right away.
WHAT TYPE OF BAG FOR MEN TO CHOOSE?
There are several types of bags to satisfy the needs of each (logical). As you can see, the size of a bag varies according to your daily life and the use you want to make of it. There is no magic formula that will allow you to wear a single bag for all your actions.
This is the basic bag, big enough to put a computer, but not much more. It is suitable for everyday use, convenient to the city. There are many different shapes.
It is a very practical bag when you have clothes to carry, like your sports bag or a light jacket in case the weather gets colder.
THE 48H BAG (OR “WEEK-END BAG”)
In the same way as the 24h, the 48h can hold two days without returning to Mom. This bag for nomads must be practical: it can hold many objects without encumbering you, unlike a sports bag.
It can remain elegant if you take it sober and in beautiful materials (leather and cotton canvas, for example), but just as masculine by its larger size. This is the ideal bag for the weekend with friends.
This is the format we recommend by default. And that’s good, it’s the one we meet most often.
48h Almaré bag in leather and cotton canvas.
THE TOTE BAG (A.K.A. THE TOE)
This bag is the most controversial in the ruthless world of men’s fashion, simply because its unstructured and lightweight appearance is reminiscent of the lines of women’s bags.
Well worn, it remains rather elegant, and especially practical. It’s a bit of the ideal bag for a relaxed city outing, when the briefcase is too formal and the bag is 24hrs too big for a few hours of walks.
It is often worn in summer because it is usually made of canvas.
Surprisingly, there was a curious paradox about this type of bag originally reserved for women. Its very simple construction and clean lines, very sober, have made it a great challenge for some work wear brands like Wilson or Thru Lawrence, by “masculinity” it with thick leather straps, cotton work wear canvas or even using selvage cloth!
The most curious will have a look at the selection of Sledded tote bag site. In France, we love the tote bag of Bleu de chauffage.
THE BESACE FOR MEN
Characteristic of the more casual outfits, it will leave your hands free in transport and has a good capacity. If you shoot in your thirties and to avoid looking like a student carrying classes, pay attention to the material: no fabric or polyester. A beautiful lamb leather, rich and smooth, will do much better.
However, I put a huge flat on the wearing of a shoulder bag with a blazer or a coat with structured shoulders. Indeed, the friction of the strap and the weight of the bag tend to maliciously (and irreversibly) deform padding in the shoulder (= the padding) and in the end, you have
a damn jacket because of a falling shoulder …
On the other hand, in looks with pieces without padding on the shoulders (bomber, parka, denim jacket), it’s an ideal bag!
The backpack is often shunned by adults and adulated by teens, which suggests its practicality. You can accommodate all your effects, while phoning and tasting a lemon sorbet. You just have to make the right choice.
In recent years, it is back in force and becomes an object where the technique and design mix harmoniously. The “backpack” section of the awesome Carryology site is incredibly useful and well stocked, that’s where I would go if I wanted to buy a backpack tomorrow.
Again, avoid teen style by wearing brightly colored polyester bags – unless you have a decidedly streetwear style and know what you’re doing. Moreover, the vintage designs work very well as soon as you go over 30 years old (well, it’s difficult to continue wearing an Eastpak backpack, unless it’s a special series …).
THE DOCUMENT HOLDER
The favorite bag of businessmen. Today we produce all the sauces but too often bad. Like the costume, this accessory is entered in the codes and is therefore too often chosen by default. “Anyway I need one, I have no choice.”
Break these codes! Who forces you to have an ugly bag to go to work? By searching for a minimum, you can easily find a tasteful alternative. So avoid the huge flaps to Monsieur Pignon and hook clasps, which make you fall into the cliché of the math teacher of the 30s. The model 256 from Filson has become cult, it is a good example of sober design, robust, and timeless.
The most distinguished form, but also the most bulky of the family of bags. Having no handles, he carries himself with full hand.
The choice of the material is paramount: plastic would not hold up and would make the piece lose its allure. It is a type that has become very trendy, that we saw a lot in Pitti, but the total absence of the slightest handle can make its wearing painful even annoying. Especially if you plan to walk a lot in a day, like at a trade show for example.
Note that this type of bag is very rare in women. It is therefore the one that has the most masculine rendering, to the point that some brands of tactical equipment like Magpul even have fun to propose.
MEN’S BAG MODELS TO AVOID
THE ATTACHE-CASE (OF PAPI)
For the reasons mentioned above (briefcase), it is forbidden to wear a bag of this kind, especially if you are barely 20 years old and go to your first job.
THE MICRO BAG IN BANDOULIÈRE
We see a lot in the street, it is obviously not why we must imitate this style. Admittedly, it is convenient for housing your mobile phone and wallet but may take away some of your manhood. This is not the top of the elegance because of its disproportion.
THE SPORTS BAG
To carry your clothes when you go to sleep at Tata’s? No. Never use this type of bag. Firstly because it feels bad and the gym bag is only for sports! It is a very bad reflex that men are adopting more and more. It will not be difficult to distinguish yourself.
WHAT COLOR TO CHOOSE HIS BAG?
Surprisingly, this is the question that continues to concern many people. Yet it’s simple: any! Brown leather is the most versatile, but you can also let go totally on the color if the leather is beautiful. However, some shades will stick better to certain styles.
The colors we sometimes think least can be excellent choices (eg sand, gray, petrol blue).
The city style / adventurer: choose rather simple colors, soft, which merge in the mass without being sad. Sand, khaki, cream, gray, blue and brown tones are safe.
The street / student style: you can let go on bright colors, that’s what makes this style live. For backpacks, avoid too mainstream brands, there are young designers who offer bright colors on bags of very good quality.
Dressed style: at BonneGueule, we prefer the brown to black, but do not put it aside if it is a color that you master well and you have many formal shoes in this color.
Franck, the founder of eclectic, had given me a very fair comment: in the high end, it is very hard to find beautiful designs that are not entirely leather, brown or black, with shiny metalwork. Look at Mr Porter’s bags page, it’s very telling.
Unfortunately, rare are the eclectic brands that explore other materials than leather, in blue or gray tones, and unexpected materials like Cordura, in elegant lines. That’s a shame.
Personally, I like to choose bags that have several simple tones corresponding to the dominant colors of my wardrobe, and a stronger color to energize the room (which remains an accessory after all).
WHERE TO FIND A GOOD BAG FOR MAN AND FOR WHAT PRICE?
Avoid bags like Zara or Mango Homme that will only make one season. Dare to spend more for a piece that will last you 15 years (the average duration of a good bag) rather than buying a low-end bag every year. If you do not have the budget to buy a nice leather bag right away, get some canvas, save for later.
As with all products, you will find bags for all budgets.
IN ENTRANCE OF RANGE, PRIVILEGE THE BACKPACKS
It is a risk to take if you do not have a lot of budget. But you can find rather well-crafted canvas backpacks, this is the only effective piece for a relatively low price. For the rest, go your way.
The 48h have a design more and more worked in major stores, but in terms of strength, it’s a different story. The shoulder straps often break under the weight of your laptop (I speak knowingly).
Our selection of good brands of entry-level bags:
Herschel: many choices of models in canvas, the style is very streetwear and reserved for a rather young audience. Count less than 100 euros.
Faguo: we find all models, also canvas, and always less than 100 euros. The bag will not last you 10 years but it is a good compromise for the entry level.
Sanqvist: backpacks between 100 and 200 euros. One of the best choi
MANY MODELS OF BAG IN THE MIDDLE OF RANGE
Here is the right solution, you will find purer bags, better worked, with noble materials, for an affordable price. Beware of large supermarkets such as Sandro, The Kooples and others, which will offer you very expensive products for poor quality.
Orient yourself to young designers, or specialists like Best Friend, you are sure to never be disappointed. It is a market on which we see flowering very pretty French brands, with a fair and honest approach: the designs are interesting, the quality follows. As much as support them 🙂
Our selection of good brands of mid-range bags:
Leo and Violet: one of the best quality / price ratio on the market for sober and elegant leather bags. Count around 250 euros.
Almaré: a very good brand for travel bags with a sleek and elegant design. The canvas is of high quality (cotton canvas). Around 300 euros.
Léon Flam: bags inspired by the great era of aviation, a lot of choice in colors and a quality confection. From 165 to 450 euros.
Heating blue: many choices of models in workwear design. The leather is of excellent quality and skates over time. Count between 200 and 300 euros.
L’Aiglon: offers very strong and functional bags with high quality leather. Their design rather reserves them for professional use. Around 300/400 euros.
Filson: a big reference for US bags in the workwear style, in particular canvas, among the strongest on the market. The price range is very wide.
FOR THE HIGH OF RANGE, ATTENTION TO THE BAGS TOO LUXURY
For large budgets, avoid signs that offer monogrammed logo bags (but who do we talk about?) Or, in general, all the luxury bags that you find on the arms of tourists in front of Galeries Lafayette. You should know that the margin of major retailers is huge, especially on leather goods.
But there are no secrets, a beautiful bag with a beautiful material, including real durable leather, it’s at least 300-400 €. One can not cheat on the solidity of the seams and the material.
You just have to make your choice!
Our selection of good brands of high-end bags:
Army Workshop: the brand reinterprets the military universe through its bags. From 300 euros.
Calabrese 1924: very beautiful leather travel bags. Around 500 euros.
eclectic: bags with beautiful designs and very worked. In this price range, it is by far among the most beautiful bags that you can find, as the detail goes far (the Zips Raccagni are for example galvanized). Count more than 600 euros, but you will not have better at this price.
Dajczman: bags of excellent quality designed to last a lifetime. Also, a made-to-measure tailoring service. Count more than 1,500 euros.