Designers from the high street to the high-end are continually developing their understanding of what men want from a carrier, and repackaging this knowledge into updated designs. If you are toting around a battered old bag that has seen better days, it is time to overhaul your receptacles with one of the latest bag trends.
After a few seasons stuck in fashion limbo, cross-body bags are making a return this year. Zippered styles – also known as reporter bags – are the ones to keep an eye out for. They give off a slightly more casual vibe, so you might want to think twice before pairing one with a suit. You’ll also want to make sure the strap has the right length for the bag to be carried no lower than your hipline.
Another historically bland type of bag that is having a bit of a moment, the backpack has – for several seasons now – been given the luxury treatment by a number of high-end designers. For those of us on a budget, the good news is that this trend has already trickled down to the high street – meaning you can find buttery leather versions, complete with elegant hardware and exquisite detailing, at much more affordable price points.
Smart and unobtrusive, a leather folio is a classic that shows you mean business whether you are suited and booted or prefer to work in jeans and a wool bomber. If you are looking for a design that’s up to the minute, then consider a leaner, more discreet style in the form of the pouch – though keep in mind you won’t be able to carry anything sizeable in these versions. As tempting as it is, stuffing a folio with junk instantly ruins its sleek and sophisticated shape.
Arguably one of the most ‘fashionable’ bags alongside the folio, the tote is practical, but really shines as a statement accessory rather than something sturdy to cart your daily essentials around in. Ideal for storing your phone, keys, a couple of notebooks and a laptop, it is a stylish alternative to a briefcase. Available in canvas and leather predominantly, as well as every colour and print imaginable, there is a tote to suit every taste.
When purchasing, keep your personal style and usual colour palette in mind. It is important to opt for something in a hue and material that can be easily integrated into your existing wardrobe. Look for bags that offer both hand straps and a shoulder strap so that you can switch around to keep your suits looking their best.