Is It Okay for Men to Carry Bags?
”At first, I thought it just looked good, but it's practical too,” reasons the wise Joey Tribbiani Jr. of Friends (1999). His bag of choice was a simple black purse—or should we call it murse? He elaborates: “It's got compartments for all your stuff! Your wallet! Your keys! Your address book!”
So why is it that in the present time, Leonardo DiCaprio, himself a passionate environmentalist, resorting to an environmentally unfriendly purple plastic bag tied around his waist while strolling past paps in New York City? What sort of contents couldn’t he possibly fit in his roomy cargo shorts pockets? (His Oscar?)
We understand that there are connotations of bags = ninnies, but that plastic bag is inexcusable; sorry Leo. Besides, shouldn’t a man be efficient and be able to step out with only his phone, keys, and wallet?
In the age of trendy tech toys, enter the man purse, a small cross-body bag strapped high across the chest like gun holsters for cell phones, keys, and a wallet. (Alternately sold at designer stores as “camera bags” despite the size, “flight bags,” “small cross-body bags,” and “small messenger bags.”)
It’s a polarizing look that has been embraced either by those who don’t care for fashion and are after the utilitarian purpose of carrying their two to three phones and not having to sit on wallets stuffed with cash or the most fashion-forward streetwear diehards and cool musicians.
Non-famous dudes rolling into offices and bars, proceed with caution. For a work-bound day, a satchel or a messenger bag and a backpack would be the more reasonable choice for your laptop, your lunch, and your headphones. A soft briefcase would be the grown-up choice.
Would you tote a mote?
Such was men’s fashion week’s bag du jour. The men’s tote bag dubbed the “mote” and its formless iteration was spotted slung over muscled and suited showgoers’ shoulders or on hairy hands and nope, they weren’t carrying diapers and bottles either.
It made its runway resurgence in Balenciaga’s spring 2018 men’s show. Tote bags were done in sleek leather and raffia.
J.W.Anderson, on the other hand, had large knit totes.
It was man enough for 6’4", 220-pound basketball star Dwayne Wade, who took a canine-shaped Thom Browne tote out for a fashion-driven walk in Paris with wife Gabrielle Union.
It boils down to your personal style and lifestyle, really. If you are a fashionable, gadget-loving, upgrade your flimsy carryalls for anything more than the groceries or books (even if that indie London bookstore freebie validates your pseudo-intellectual branding).
Investing in a sleek leather option for the things you can’t leave home without would do more for you. It won’t look out of place anywhere and it has the structure and durability to hold those things. Think of it as the laidback man’s answer to a soft briefcase or a satchel, which, as Tribbiani himself would describe, is “as handy as it is becoming.”