Man bags have come a long way in gaining street cred over the years. It’s not uncommon to see a man sporting a bag in the streets of Melbourne. And by bag I don’t mean the free backpack you get at the gym or your old graffiti laced school bag, salvaged from the bottom of your closet. Man bags are no longer the domain of European men. The style conscious Aussie male has finally realised that you can only fit so much in your pockets. It can be quite a challenge if you’re carrying more than your mobile phone, car keys and wallet. Not to mention the unsightly bulge caused by overfilling your pockets.
If you’re still not convinced or afraid that it will make you look like you’re carrying a purse. Here are some tips to ensure that you’re not on the receiving end of any man bag jokes. When it comes to bags for men, size really does matter. The key to pulling off a man bag is to make sure the bag is at least medium to large in size. Anything smaller than a leather document holder must be avoided at all costs, small bags are the quickest way to emasculate any man. The classic messenger bag, duffel or structured backpack are the most practical, versatile and masculine of all options. They can be easily worked with a suit or paired with your off-duty weekend attire. For those that are more daring, an over-sized leather tote with a shoulder strap gives a dash of sophistication without losing functionality.
The leather options pictured in today’s post are some of the more common styles I’ve seen on the streets. I love the look of worn out leather, each scratch or fold tells a story, it’s an indication of a much loved accessory.
Get this look:
a. Full-Grain Leather Backpack, $1345, Givenchy, mrporter.com
b. Abingdon Waxed Cotton-Canvas and Leather Backpack, $184, J. Crew, mrporter.com
c. Black Leather 31 Hour Backpack, $1250, 3.1 Phillip Lim, ssense.com
d. Stripe Web Satchel, $229, countryroad.com.au
e. Abingdon Waxed Cotton-Canvas and Leather Messenger Bag, $135, J. Crew, mrporter.com
f. Retreat Backpack, $108.72, Herschel, asos.com
g. Leather Tote Bag, $970, Maison Martin Margiela, mrporter.com
h. Cotton Holdall, $110, American Vintage, matchesfashion.com
i. 15” Designer Leather Satchel, $262.74, Cambridge Satchel Company, asos.com
j. 15” Leather Satchel, $217.44, Cambridge Satchel Company, asos.com
k. Textured-Leather Holdall Bag, $658, Marc by Marc Jacobs, mrporter.com
l. Jacob Leather Holdall, $349, marcs.com.au
Note: Prices correct at time of posting