OK guys, be honest: How many times have you secretly looked at your lady’s purse and thought to yourself, “I wish there was a manly way to carry around all my stuff like that”? Here’s the great news: These days, there are many bag options out there that are specifically designed for men, from man bags to bum bags. But can you pull them off?
The Bum Bag
Also known as a fanny pack, is enjoying something of a resurgence. Once the domain of touristy parents roaming through Disneyworld in the 80s, bum bags or fanny packs are chic, thanks to several Hollywood a-listers sporting them recently. Even high-end bag designers like Louis Vuitton are creating these bags now. The key to not looking like a soccer dad in your bum bag is to wear it slung a little low and to the side – not directly in the front. Pair it with a pair of jeans or chinos, a button-down or a tee, and your favourite kicks.
Another option for the man who wants to tote around his worldly essentials is the backpack. We’re not talking about the same old canvas bag you carried around in college. What we’re talking about here is one of the many stylish, designer bags that are on the market these days. Keep the straps long and relaxed, and always wear both straps. That’s what will separate your chic look from the collegiate look you’ve left behind.
Also referred (somewhat derogatorily) as a “murse,” or “man purse.” The Man Bag can be the answer to your needs. Typically shaped like a satchel, with a fold-over flap and a square or rectangular shape, these bags can be a stylish way to carry around everything from your wallet and keys to your laptop. These bags can be worn to work with a suit or in a more casual way with jeans and button-down or another casual shirt. Look for one with an adjustable strap, and adjust the strap so that it is long enough to be worn across your body or loose and low on one shoulder.
If you are looking for something a little more professional and work-friendly, a briefcase could be the answer. They instantly give your look a professional air, and they are the perfect accessory for carrying important papers and other essentials to and from work. However, they aren’t as versatile as the other bags mentioned here, as they don’t translate well to more casual looks.
This is the male equivalent to a woman’s large tote bag, Most often, these large bags feature two handles, perfect for toting around everything from your weekend travel essentials to everything you’ll need to hit the gym after work.
If you have been considering getting a bag for carrying around your bits and pieces but are wondering whether you can pull it off, you can! The trick is to find a bag that reflects your personal style, and wear it the right way. Most of all, wear it with confidence! Confidence is the best accessory you can wear, and if you think you look great, you’ll project that image and the world will look at you and say, “There goes a confident, stylish man!” And there could never be anything wrong with that, right? Designer bags can be expensive, but there are always similar options at every price level. You don’t have to borrow money to look great!