Whilst choosing the latest new season bag might seem more like a feminine trait than a masculine one, in reality male designers are increasingly focusing on creating bags that are stylish, created from luxury materials, and designed to help you stand out from the crowd.
The fact is that if you ever carry paperwork or your laptop to the office, take your gym kit to the gym for a workout, or enjoy the occasional weekend with friends then you will need a bag. Why not pick a fashion-forward one that suits your sense of style?
The man bag is an essential piece of kit that every man needs to have in his armory – modern life in the city would be impossible without one! Backpack, satchel or holdall? Whichever bag suits you best, we’re here to help you find the perfect choice for you this season:
The simple and vintage-inspired satchel has been in vogue for several years, and its popularity shows no signs of abating. One of the main reasons why the satchel is so popular is because it is so versatile: ideal for carrying your laptop or paperwork to the office when teamed with a more formal suit, this bag will also look at home worn across your body and paired with a more casual jean and boot combo during the cooler months.
Modern satchels are grown-up and stylish, with a distinctive structure and strap format. This are bags that are simple, masculine and practical; their simple detailing makes them so versatile, and if you choose a fashion-forward leather model then the more you use it the better it will look.
Nothing oozes high end style and sophistication more than a leather satchel with battered edges. Originally the reserve of academics, fashionistas have also realized the appeal of naturally distressed leather.
It shows a commitment to quality, to buying items that you can use everyday and embracing its longevity. These are classic and timeless pieces that will never go out of style.
Invest in a good quality leather spray to keep your satchel soft and supple and don’t be afraid to invest in the best quality satchel you can afford: buy once and you won’t have to buy again. If you commit to looking after your bag then you’ll be in a position to buy just one satchel that will last a lifetime.
If you’re looking for a versatile every-occasion satchel that you can carry everywhere and every day this winter then we love the classic leather satchel in tan or black. Avoid faux leather (unless you avoid leather for ethical reasons) as this simply doesn’t age as well as a genuine and natural hide. Here are some of our favourite picks:
Style spotters are sure to have noticed the recent resurgence of the backpack. Once primarily the reserve of geeky students and hill walkers, suddenly fashion forward gents up and down the land are carrying backpacks of their own.
Designers such as Rick Owens, Kenzo, and Yves Saint Laurent began sending backpacks down their runways two seasons ago, and the trend has only continue to grow and enter the fashion mainstream since then.
Leather backpacks are incredibly popular with the fash-pack, and they look incredibly stylish. However they are less popular if you’re looking for a bag that you can use everyday.
When it comes to picking the perfect colour, black and tan will always be perennially popular. If you’re looking for something a little more stand out and on trend then khaki has had a recent style resurgence and is the perfect colour to pick for your new backpack this season: it will still go with anything, whilst attracting attention for all the right reasons.
We love the practical and super-stylish fashion backpack available from our very own Royal Fashionist store. Not only is it waterproof so that your stuff will stay dry whatever the weather, it is also ergonomically designed to provide ultimate back comfort whilst you’re carrying it.
From a fashion point of view (because let’s face it, looking good is everyone’s main priority) backpacks are this season’s most iconic bags, particularly if you are hoping to channel the ever-popular sports luxe style.
This backpack is available in six different colours, giving you plenty of choice to suit your unique and distinct sense of style. The leather detailing on each design lends the pack a high end and premium feel, ensuring that your backpack will stand out from the crowd.
Backpacks are tactile, great for casual wear, and incredibly versatile. Think understated functionality, a throw back to the simplicity of your school days, and a great way to inject a splash of colour into any outfit. If you only buy one new bag this season, we think you should make it a backpack!
Weekends away have never been more popular: taking time to reconnect with your friends, rejuvenate, and spend time away from the office is an essential part of self-care.
It would be impossible to enjoy a weekend away, however, without a classic weekender that you can take with you to carry all your must-have essentials whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile.
Whilst weekend bags are a practical and essential item, that doesn’t mean that they can’t look stylish and on-trend at the same time.
This season the plain and purely functional holdall is out, to be replaced by on trend materials and unusual detailing.
If you love all things luxury then that could mean a leather holdall with an oversized satchel-style pocket to the front.
If you prefer something more fashion forward and unusual then look for a waxed cotton or hard wearing canvas holdall with utilitarian detailing. Pockets, strapping and contrast detailing are all great details to look out for.
We love the contrast between classic canvas and tan leather straps and detailing: This will balance the tightrope between classic and fashion forward.
The sports-luxe trend deserves to be mentioned again here, because it is so popular and such an important trend this season.
Here are some of our favourite sports luxe holdalls, so that you can head off on your next weekend away in style:
Brave The Bumbag
Bumbag, fanny pack, abomination that should be confined to the past…whatever you call it, are you brave enough to wear it? The bumbag is having a surprising style resurgence amongst hipsters and fashionistas.
Last in vogue during the 1990s, we saw plenty of these unlikely accessories taking to the runway for A/W 2017.
Admittedly this isn’t a trend for everyone (you’ll either love it or you’ll hate it) but we couldn’t write a round up of this season’s hottest bag trends without mentioning the revival of the fanny pack! Spotted on the catwalk at Louis Vuitton and Dolce and Gabanna, the interesting aspect of this trend is the new way to wear your fanny pack.
Wear yours across your body (like a miniature satchel) and choose luxe fabrics like leather or coated cotton, to differentiate the modern style from the cheap, day glo versions found during the 1990s.
Interested in trying the trend but not sure what colour to pick? Think about the neutral shades that are perfect for autumn: navy, khaki, burgundy and even burnt ochre are all the perfect shades for creating a stylish and fashion-forward look that is sure to turn heads.
This isn’t a bag that you can wear just anywhere or with any outfit. This is strictly a piece for casual wear, and should be styled with classic and neutral pieces. Think simple cotton tees and sweaters, black jeans, and your favourite denim jacket.
Often spotted at festivals, the key to wearing the fanny pack is to keep the rest of your outfit simple and low key.
No matter what kind of bag you choose, it’s important to think carefully when selecting your new-season bag. Like all accessories, the right bag will make or break your outfit. It’s not enough to simply select a fashion-forward coat, boots or jeans: you have to think about the whole look you are putting together.
Not sure which kind of bag to choose? Why choose just one? We love satchels for formal and semi-formal office wear, backpacks for casual everyday use (and of course, for carrying that all-important gym kit) and every man should have a high quality holdall in their armoury. Invest now, and you’ll always have the right bag for every occasion!