Finding the Right Man Bag

Finding the perfect ‘manbag’ can be tricky. One wrong move and your designer satchel becomes less butch and more, clutch. Whether you’re looking for a bag to keep your work papers organised or a stylish gym bag to replace a tired, old rucksack. We have sourced the best ‘man bag’ tips from the styles experts and picked our favourites from the current Stuarts London bags collection.

Function

The first thing to do is work out what you want you will be carrying. One of the risks of having a bag is the tendency to throw everything into it. If you work out that you simply need to carry your iPad, phone, wallet and keys between meetings, you do not need to go all out with a weekend size holdall. A small leather bag is the perfect choice here and no brand does it better than Hugo Boss.

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If you do need something a little bigger, perhaps to cart around your gym gear or for overnight stays. You need a bag that is practical enough to carry everything, durable enough to cope with everyday stress and strain, and of course, stylish enough to keep you on trend. Look for strong fabrics in muted colours that will always stay in style, extendable straps and extra pockets and compartments will also ensure you stay organised.

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Personal Style

Finding a bag that reflects your personal style can be tricky. Remember that Friends episode where Joey gets a man-bag? You run the risk of the same level of ‘HA HA’ if you stray too far off your personal style path. Yes, people should embrace your foray into experimental fashion, but in reality, if you’re the person who brings their lunch into work in a Tesco bag, you will turn heads if this turns into a sleek Barbour satchel.

Approach bag buying as you would any other form of shopping. Ask yourself if you would wear it more than once, or will it languish in the back of your wardrobe with that fluorescent 90’s tracktop that you were sure would make a comeback? Will it match your everyday style? Are you setting yourself up for an investment that will never pay off?

These are all the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a bag, or any item really. Luckily, designers have taken note of the need for variety in the man-bag arena, If you are looking for luxury leather, you can have your pick of satchels, briefcases and even rucksacks that will compliment formal office wear or smart casual looks – emphasis on the smart here. If your style is a little more on the casual side, brands such as Sandqvust, Rains and Fjallraven have all taken elements of cool, minimalist Scandinavian style to create bags that will go with anything.

It’s in the bag

Once you’ve found the right bag, the world is your style oyster. No more, packing pockets full of change or hoping you have that extra 5p for a bag to carry your meal deal to lunch. Choose wisely and your bag will match your personality and your need for practicality. If not, well you’re running a risky gauntlet!

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