Here in London it’s been all about men’s fashion (LFWM). It’s that time of year to get into the Spring and Summer groove, to be ready for when the New Year sales finish. And whilst GQ and Vogue are reporting the season’s trends in double figures, here’s your bite size guide on what styles to look out for and the bags to match.
About a man…at work
Most of the SS19 catwalk commentary has been about tailoring. Suits You Sir! It’s all about loose fitting, double breasted jackets. Whether for work or stylish weekend wear; the bags to match don’t include a backpack. I know, it’s the bag of choice for most men, but think about the following:
For work select a modern take on a briefcase or holdall. For casual, think small messenger bag. From left to right: Burberry check briefcase (£990), Zara Bowling holdall (£49.99), Boss leather messenger bag (£319).
Life’s too short
Shorts are no longer for running or swimming. Gone are the longer Bermuda style; the hems have risen. Wherever you may wear them, be brave and carry your essentials in a handbag. Yep, I said handbag. Let’s discuss styles.
Go brave with a small clutch bag, go urban with a sling bag or pocket bag worn around the neck, aka le sac de cou. From left to right: Givenchy Crosshatch leather pouch (£625), Bally Starlex leather sling bag (£650), Fred Perry X crossbody bag (£175) and Bally Skid clutch bag (£295).
A nod to the ’90s
Rave on DJ! With tie dye tops, leather trousers, neon block colours (as an accent or all over), track suits and bright prints including camoflague, the party is back.
Any bag that is is bright and printed, in all shapes and sizes; from belt bags, le sac de cou, mini saddle bags and totes, will do. Zara is your go to retailer. From left to right; Neon backpack (£49.99), Silver mini crossbody (£25.99), Vinyl tote bag (£29.99), ideal if want to keep the ’90s bright colours to your accessories.
Keep it classic
For outerwear, on formal days, the trench is your friend, in it’s usual palette of cream to beige. On casual days, grab the gilet jacket and combine with a camouflage print trousers. This is where you can opt for the familiar backpack or casual duffle bag.
To accompany your outerwear, there is no need to leave the comfort zone of a backpack. Opt for smooth lines to your backpack to contrast with the full shape of both types of coat and jacket. From left to right: Alexander McQueen at Selfridges, the De Manta backpack (£1290), Prada single strap backpack (£1160) and Diesel Suse Mono single strap backpack (£130).
The good news is that the fashion for Spring and Summer for men takes familiar items; suits, shorts, trenches and gilets and adds a twist in the tailoring. This means a refresh of the bags and a choice of new styles. And a bag is an ideal Valentine’s Day gift. Top tip: the standout 1990’s revival is one trend perhaps, to leave to the man in your life to invest in himself. This is a fashion trend that could be easily misplaced, so save yourself the exchange or refund!
Need inspiration for a women’s Valentine’s Day gift, check out what’s in-store for women’s accessories for spring and summer 2019. Look no further!