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The Ultimate Guide To Men's Bags

The man bag today is a respectable part of any man's wardrobe. A good-looking bag offers practicality, serves all your stuff-carrying needs and enables you to add some edge and masculinity to your looks. Here are 5 man bag styles that will be a great addition to any man’s wardrobe.

The Briefcase

The briefcase has been around for quite sometime. Unlike bulky briefcases of the past, today's cases tend to be smaller, softer, lighter, and you want to look for pockets to keep everything organized.

The briefcase sends a message that you mean business. It is general most suitable in classy looks, paired with suits.

How to wear: charcoal suit, navy polo, dark brown leather tassel loafers, grey leather briefcase
Charcoal SuitNavy PoloDark Brown Leather Tassel LoafersGrey Leather BriefcaseWhite Pocket SquareNavy Sunglasses

So as you can see, looking dapper doesn't take that much effort. Just pair a charcoal suit with a navy polo and you'll look awesome. Let your styling chops truly shine by completing your outfit with a pair of dark brown leather tassel loafers.

How to wear: navy barn jacket, grey plaid wool suit, white dress shirt, white high top sneakers
Navy Barn JacketGrey Plaid Wool SuitWhite Dress ShirtWhite High Top SneakersBrown Leather BriefcaseBrown Plaid Flat CapBurgundy Polka Dot TieBrown Leather BeltWhite Socks

Opt for a navy barn jacket and a grey plaid wool suit for a neat classy outfit. Let your styling credentials really shine by finishing off your look with white high top sneakers.

How to wear: navy blazer, white dress shirt, charcoal dress pants, black leather oxford shoes
Navy BlazerWhite Dress ShirtCharcoal Dress PantsBlack Leather Oxford ShoesBlack Leather BriefcaseNavy TieBlue Pocket Square

A navy blazer and charcoal dress pants are a seriously dapper outfit to try. Complement your outfit with a pair of black leather oxford shoes and the whole outfit will come together quite nicely.

If you want to give your look a little edge, opt for a briefcase in an unexpected color.

How to wear: navy double breasted blazer, white dress shirt, charcoal plaid wool dress pants, burgundy leather oxford shoes
Navy Double Breasted BlazerWhite Dress ShirtCharcoal Plaid Wool Dress PantsBurgundy Leather Oxford ShoesYellow Leather BriefcaseGrey Flat CapViolet Scarf

A navy double breasted blazer looks so elegant when matched with charcoal plaid wool dress pants in a modern man's combination. This look is rounded off wonderfully with burgundy leather oxford shoes.

How to wear: navy blazer, white long sleeve shirt, navy skinny jeans, olive suede tassel loafers
Navy BlazerWhite Long Sleeve ShirtNavy Skinny JeansOlive Suede Tassel LoafersRed Leather BriefcaseRed Rubber Watch

Try teaming a navy blazer with navy skinny jeans to achieve an interesting and modern-looking off-duty outfit. As for the shoes, you could stick to a more elegant route with a pair of olive suede tassel loafers.

The Tote Bag

A tote is the modern approach to the classic briefcase but one that won't come off as too corporate. The basic design renders the tote a classic status, while the long handles give it a contemporary edge.

Carry the tote bag with business casual clothes. It will add a touch of laid-back masculinity to any casual work wear.

How to wear: black crew-neck t-shirt, grey chinos, black leather double monks, black leather tote bag
Black Crew-neck T-shirtGrey ChinosBlack Leather Double MonksBlack Leather Tote BagDark Brown Sunglasses

This relaxed combo of a black crew-neck t-shirt and grey chinos is extremely easy to pull together without a second thought, helping you look awesome and ready for anything without spending a ton of time combing through your wardrobe. Black leather double monks will inject a sense of elegance into an otherwise all-too-common look.

A canvas tote will give a smart casual outfit a more relaxed feel.

How to wear: navy pea coat, dark green crew-neck sweater, olive dress pants, black leather derby shoes
Navy Pea CoatDark Green Crew-neck SweaterOlive Dress PantsBlack Leather Derby ShoesOlive Canvas Tote BagBlack Socks

You're looking at the solid proof that a navy pea coat and olive dress pants are awesome when worn together in a polished ensemble for a modern gentleman. A pair of black leather derby shoes effortlesslly kicks up the appeal of your ensemble.

The Messenger Bag

Also known as satchels and shoulder bags, messenger bags are very popular due to their functionality and practicality. They're perfect for college, work, commute, and the selection of messengers is probably the biggest on the market.

Invest in a leather satchel if you're going for a more refined, classic style.

How to wear: tan vertical striped suit, white dress shirt, brown leather double monks, brown leather messenger bag
Tan Vertical Striped SuitWhite Dress ShirtBrown Leather Double MonksBrown Leather Messenger BagCharcoal Scarf

This combo of a tan vertical striped suit and a white dress shirt is a fail-safe option when you need to look like a complete gent. Get a little creative with shoes and complement your look with brown leather double monks.

How to wear: olive parka, pink crew-neck sweater, navy jeans, brown leather derby shoes
Olive ParkaPink Crew-neck SweaterNavy JeansBrown Leather Derby ShoesBrown Leather Messenger BagBlack Sunglasses

Consider pairing an olive parka with navy jeans to put together an extra sharp and current modern casual ensemble. If you wish to immediately step up this outfit with one single item, complement this ensemble with a pair of brown leather derby shoes.

Canvas types give off a more relaxed aesthetic and lend themselves very well to casual looks.

How to wear: grey crew-neck t-shirt, charcoal chinos, orange leather driving shoes, dark brown canvas messenger bag
Grey Crew-neck T-shirtCharcoal ChinosOrange Leather Driving ShoesDark Brown Canvas Messenger Bag

Wear a grey crew-neck t-shirt with charcoal chinos to feel infinitely confident in yourself and look cool and casual. On the shoe front, this outfit pairs nicely with orange leather driving shoes.

How to wear: charcoal wool blazer, navy crew-neck sweater, blue ripped jeans, dark brown leather brogue boots
Charcoal Wool BlazerNavy Crew-neck SweaterBlue Ripped JeansDark Brown Leather Brogue BootsDark Brown Canvas Messenger BagNavy and White Vertical Striped Cotton Scarf

A charcoal wool blazer and blue ripped jeans are a savvy combo worth having in your casual arsenal. Go the extra mile and change up your look by sporting dark brown leather brogue boots.

The Holdall

A classic holdall is perfect for such occasions as travel, business and gym use.

Holdalls give off a very masculine vibe and look best paired with classic masculine pieces – shirts, suits and classic style outerwear. The military inspired trend is perfect for integrating a holdall.

How to wear: black leather biker jacket, navy v-neck sweater, white crew-neck t-shirt, navy skinny jeans
Black Leather Biker JacketNavy V-neck SweaterWhite Crew-neck T-shirtNavy Skinny JeansNavy Suede Oxford ShoesBlack Leather Holdall

A black leather biker jacket and navy skinny jeans are a good ensemble to keep in your off-duty styling collection. Dial up the formality of your look a bit by slipping into a pair of navy suede oxford shoes.

The selection of holdalls today is quite extensive, although you cannot go wrong with a sleek leather version.

How to wear: black overcoat, charcoal crew-neck sweater, black turtleneck, black jeans
Black OvercoatCharcoal Crew-neck SweaterBlack TurtleneckBlack JeansBlack Leather Casual BootsBlack Leather HoldallBlack Sunglasses

A black overcoat and black jeans are absolute mainstays if you're picking out a polished closet that holds to the highest fashion standards. Black leather casual boots are a never-failing footwear option that's also full of character.

How to wear: black leather bomber jacket, tobacco crew-neck sweater, white polo, black chinos
Black Leather Bomber JacketTobacco Crew-neck SweaterWhite PoloBlack ChinosBlack Leather Casual BootsDark Brown Leather HoldallBeige ScarfBrown Leather Gloves

A black leather bomber jacket and black chinos are a go-to pairing for many style-conscious guys. To bring a bit of fanciness to this ensemble, complement your outfit with a pair of black leather casual boots.

The Backpack

Backpacks are no longer just for lugging school books. Times have changed, and the backpack has become a necessary accessory.

The canvas backpack will add a casual yet effortless touch to your look.

A classy leather version, on the other hand, can look incredibly stylish even in an office look if done right.

How to wear: grey shawl cardigan, white long sleeve shirt, white crew-neck t-shirt, black dress pants
Grey Shawl CardiganWhite Long Sleeve ShirtWhite Crew-neck T-shirtBlack Dress PantsWhite Low Top SneakersBrown Leather Backpack

This is definitive proof that a grey shawl cardigan and black dress pants look awesome when combined together in a classy getup for a modern man. Puzzled as to how to round off? Choose a pair of white low top sneakers for a more relaxed touch.

How to wear: camel overcoat, charcoal cotton blazer, white long sleeve shirt, charcoal chinos
Camel OvercoatCharcoal Cotton BlazerWhite Long Sleeve ShirtCharcoal ChinosBrown Leather Derby ShoesBrown Leather BackpackCharcoal Leather BeltBurgundy Polka Dot Scarf

A camel overcoat and charcoal chinos are the ideal way to inject extra refinement into your casual styling collection. To give your overall outfit a sleeker feel, why not complete your getup with brown leather derby shoes?

How to wear: black pea coat, grey chinos, black leather derby shoes, navy leather backpack
Black Pea CoatGrey ChinosBlack Leather Derby ShoesNavy Leather BackpackGrey Scarf

So as you can see, it doesn't take that much time for a man to look casually smart. Dress in a black pea coat and grey chinos and you'll look incredibly stylish. On the shoe front, go for something on the classier end of the spectrum and finish this getup with a pair of black leather derby shoes.

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