Three, that’s the magic number. Bags for the boys!

Thinking of those spring days and summer nights, there are 3 bags that a man needs to invest in, so that he has every occasion sorted.  And no, this list doesn’t include a backpack, as I suspect, most men have one of these (and I’ll share the new designers and styles at a later date).  For now, we turn our attention to the 3 bag styles that were spotted on the SS’19 men’s fashion runways.  Here’s how to stand out from the crowd, be spontaneous so you can grab a bag and go!

The holdall

Yes, the classic overnight bag is a wardrobe staple – to jet off on a short city break or to throw into the boot of a car for a weekend visiting friends.  The style of your weekend bag can say a lot about you.  So try these out for style and size…which type of holdall are you?

All about the design – head to Paul Smith to view the 2019 collection which is all about prints.  The beach print is one of my favourites, available online at Selfridges for £425.

For those who like to keep it classic – Barbour takes their renowned waxed cotton and adds a leather trim, with check design interior and detailed finish.  The Oakwell Holdall is £199.

For the sportsmen, sometimes the holdall doesn’t have the space or the number of strap options.  So I offer you the indestructible bag, the Basecamp Duffle bag from The North Face – it won’t disappoint.  Available in a range of bright colours, this bag is high on function. You can keep shoes and dirty clothes separate in the end zippered compartment.  Available £120.

Travelling light

The fashion bag of the season, a pouch bag to be worn around the neck, aka ‘le sac do cou’ or across the shoulder as a crossbody, or around the waist as a bum bag.

For those who love a name – from Valentino, the travel pouch is fitted inside with credit card slots and a zip compartment.  With the branded strap, the Italian aesthetic is plain to see.  Available £435.

For those who like clean lines and quality leather – choose a crossbody bag from Bally.  This season’s colour for men is a sage green.  And the Snazz is in a khaki green shade so in the right palette.  And it’s made in calf leather which ensures you have the softest bag.  Can be worn three ways; as a sling bag on your back, crossbody or around the waist as a bum bag.  Price £550.

For the man more seen in a casual wardrobe – this quilted bag can be work over the shoulder or around the waist.  Available in blue to accent a street style or in black to blend with your outfit.  This bag is found at Zara for only £25.99.  Kerching!

For work days

We know that the backpack is a firm favourite for some men.  However, there are many styles out there that don’t work for the corporate world.  If you want to be taken a bit more seriously but can’t give up your hate of formal briefcases, check out these three styles to refresh your work look:

For the Francophile or those who can’t give up a casual edge: Bleu de Chauffe is a French brand who takes fabrics used by the sailing industry and handcraft them into bags.  The Remix bag is is the casual answer to a briefcase.  Available online at Mr Porter for £300.

For the lover of all things minimalist pop to Smythson of Bond Street, London.  Here you will discover beautifully soft leather and a mix of traditional bag shapes but with modern styling and colours.  The Grosvenor briefcase comes in black, brown and this shade of blue.  Price is £995.

Finally, for those high on function and need to transport a laptop everywhere they go, here is the non-backpack option for you.  Introducing the bag that will organise the most disorganised person, from Samonsite, the W Zalia Bailhandle laptop briefcase. Price £149. This bag comes with a shoulder strap or can fasten to a spinner trolley case.

So in the words of De La Soul, 3 is the magic number for this year’s bag wardrobe.  Refresh the overnight bag, the weekend bag and the bag for work in these latest styles.  The design twists from these brands will have others asking you where you sourced your bag from.  Here’s to your future bag bragging rights!

To check out more designs from the fashion catwalks for SS19, here are 13 fashion bags for men for this year


Header Photo credit: Thank to Bruce Mars from Pexels

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