A man’s bag should equal parts function and fashion. But what should you pick when going to work? A manbag or a backpack?
Throughout the years—men’s fashion has been essentially sartorial. Yes, some do get by and make a splash. But stand outside a typical rush hour train station and see an endless sea of drab formals snaking their way to offices.
What’s funnier is the completely opposite, uncomplimentary and school boyish choice of bags. Don’t take us wrong, but backpacks have their utilities. You can safely stash away your laptop, carry lunch from home (which is always great), have plenty of zippers to keep things, and a place to slip your water bottle.
But you won’t catch anyone’s eye doing that, will you? Some people will manage to store a night’s change too in case of random stay overs.
Plus they’re better while riding a bike or in the train, you can sling it upfront and keep an eye out for sneaky rats looking to swipe something off. Heck most of them even have the added advantage of being semi-waterproof, which we can’t stress how important it is in a country like ours.
Yet—none of that shirks the fact that you look like an overgrown child lugging one around with your smart formals. Often, these bags are from a motley set of colours. Multiple rainbows, stripes, ropes, clasps, buckles, handles, badges, logos and more! Yes we know you love Man Utd, but try telling that to the hot girl passing you or that boss who’s fiddling with your increment for next year.
All this makes it look like the bag went to play Holi, while you sat at home and watched some 90s Bollywood. Now remove the thought of that remnant from school or college at best. Think of a sleeker, classier, and even bolder you.
The manbag, man purse, postal bag or office formal bag has many names–but it’s essentially a unibody piece of high-quality material with a simple strap that goes across your chest or along one shoulder. Like a good belt or pair of shoes–it complements the formal.
So what if we need to make a few workarounds for practicality. Do you want to die single? No right, so then get a slimmer lunchbox! Don’t carry your laptop (handcuffs we mean) unless you absolutely have to, start keeping a spare charger at work, we’re also sure your bestie can stash away one pair of change with them forever–no need to lug it around like some urban nomad.
Keep a great pen, notebook, maybe a tablet, and other essentials in. The cleaner you carry, the happier you’ll be. It’ll help to not look out of place either when you dash of to the bar. Instead of lugging your backpack under the table you can sling your manbag across the seat and watch those eyes saunter to you.
Yep, a man hath arrived. And he’ll have a whiskey now—two finger deep, no ice, thank you very much.