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The Man bag

Updated on September 11, 2016

Why a 'man bag'

Honestly I have no idea, I originally started this lens as page 2 of The Dad Bag. I thought maybe I could figure something out to make it for guys in general, which I hope has worked. (any suggestions?)

As to what a guy would use a bag for .. I have no idea! Other than Keys & cell phone. There are those that I can understand would have need for something, like those that take train or bus to work so you need to have something but aside from that & the list below I have not a foggy, can any of you men enlighten me on this?

As to Gerard Butler in this picture... The man needs to loosen the should strap a bit! (or well at least in the Right hand pic, it looks higher up to me. I've also seen Sam Worthington in a picture with one as well.

I will include a link to a list of the suggested styles at the end of the article

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Fashionable in three ways

Which is the right one for you

I also have a tip for you, like us ladies with our purses if you are small & carrying around a (bulky) messenger bag it looks more like the bag has you for the luggage. If you are tall or 'big' and use something smaller it will look equally odd. (along the lines of looking like you ahv a cosmetc bag.

If you are tall and lean or average hight & muscular you can pretty much use whatever. Well just not what Hugh Jackman is using below! (I think he raided his wife's purses because that CAN'T be a man bag!)

My opinion (not that it matters) on the man's 'clutch' is a don't unless it's really masculine looking. (Think along the lines of destressed leather, like an old shaving kit or looks like a pilot's jacket.

Man bags - Messenger bags

Does your man work or live in a big city or maybe he's going on a trip? Maybe he uses a briefcase that maybe has a few too many miles on it? (If it's a family heirloom use it to store important papers & try one of these messenger bags)

Great for artists and anyone who works in a big city esp. if they have to take public transportation.

Honestly if its one of the smaller bags below the messenger ones, What DO you guys put in them besides your cell & mobile?

What would you guys use a man bag for?

Cell phone

tablet

laptop (if messenger bag)

electric chargable razor

comb

Keys

business items

(sun) Glasses

Business cards/holder

ipod

mmm What else can guys carry in their 'man bag'

How to wear it

The Dos & Don'ts! - click the pic to find out what's what

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also sling back (back pack) types or an  old Doctor Baga Vintage airway bag, (sadly wasn't able to find the exact style I wanted to show)I always say the best idea is to stick to military styles for casual everyday useCarhart brand for work (or around the guys)Dark colors are best for you guys to stick to... Black, Brown, olive green and leathers some greysMessenger bags like thisI thought this was quite a handsome travel bagsmaller bags stick to leatheror small loking duffle bags or something that has the shape of one of your toiletry bagsGo for retro/vintage antique air way bags bowling bagsDEFINATELY a don't for this style... change the color & it's a women's bag.here's another sample for the retro/vintage lookIt can be fashionable and masculineIf it looks like this... DON'T It'll look like you borrowed it from your sister or girlfriend.Now that's is one macho bagHELL NO!Ok this one is safe if you hold it under your arm as it looks like a file holderHugh... its so not you! that looks more like a woman's Giant hobo bag, circa 80s or 90s!!or just use a toiletry bagan old camera, binoculars case or Doctor bag. Doctor Bag #1
also sling back (back pack) types or an  old Doctor Bag
also sling back (back pack) types or an old Doctor Bag
a Vintage airway bag, (sadly wasn't able to find the exact style I wanted to show)
a Vintage airway bag, (sadly wasn't able to find the exact style I wanted to show)
I always say the best idea is to stick to military styles for casual everyday use
I always say the best idea is to stick to military styles for casual everyday use
Carhart brand for work (or around the guys)
Carhart brand for work (or around the guys)
Dark colors are best for you guys to stick to... Black, Brown, olive green and leathers some greys
Dark colors are best for you guys to stick to... Black, Brown, olive green and leathers some greys
Messenger bags like this
Messenger bags like this
I thought this was quite a handsome travel bag
I thought this was quite a handsome travel bag
smaller bags stick to leather
smaller bags stick to leather
or small loking duffle bags or something that has the shape of one of your toiletry bags
or small loking duffle bags or something that has the shape of one of your toiletry bags
Go for retro/vintage antique air way bags bowling bags
Go for retro/vintage antique air way bags bowling bags
DEFINATELY a don't for this style... change the color & it's a women's bag.
DEFINATELY a don't for this style... change the color & it's a women's bag.
here's another sample for the retro/vintage look
here's another sample for the retro/vintage look
It can be fashionable and masculine
It can be fashionable and masculine
If it looks like this... DON'T It'll look like you borrowed it from your sister or girlfriend.
If it looks like this... DON'T It'll look like you borrowed it from your sister or girlfriend.
Now that's is one macho bag
Now that's is one macho bag
HELL NO!
HELL NO!
Ok this one is safe if you hold it under your arm as it looks like a file holder
Ok this one is safe if you hold it under your arm as it looks like a file holder
Hugh... its so not you! that looks more like a woman's Giant hobo bag, circa 80s or 90s!!
Hugh... its so not you! that looks more like a woman's Giant hobo bag, circa 80s or 90s!!
or just use a toiletry bag
or just use a toiletry bag
an old camera, binoculars case or Doctor bag. Doctor Bag #1
an old camera, binoculars case or Doctor bag. Doctor Bag #1

Day packs & Travel

These are the best kind of Shave/travel bag styles to use as a homemade gift basket plus I've seen some guys use it as a 'man bag'

Ever heard of Kipling? The brand that has that little gorilla keychain on it? Well take it from me, the brand is great! The bags are quality nylon, well stiched and even better a heavy duty zipper. with the amount I have stashed in mine over the years (I've had it since the 90's) I think I can say it still looks like new. If it starts to get a bit grungy.. just throw it in the wash! As for styles for guys.. here is a list of styles I found to recommend for you to check out

KIPLING RIDGE MENS BP2004-205

Kipling Hiker Expandable Backpack

-----these I'm not 100% on the style for you guys---

Kipling Kichirou-Plus

Kipling Alicia


What should you include in your man bag? some suggestions for you via Amazon.com Widgets

A Shave or Toiletry Bag Is Good Too

Dopp Men's Veneto Traditional Framed Kit-Leather, Tan
Dopp Men's Veneto Traditional Framed Kit-Leather, Tan

Want to keep your stuff at hand close by, just use a shave kit . This is also ideal to leave in the car in case of last minute plans be it after work or after a night out. The items in Home & Travel are the perfect idea for this bag then you neverhave to worry if you forgot to pack somethinor those last mute weekend getaways. it packed in the car or all together in yout bathroom. You can even leave keys, phone/mp3 player etc in the car as they'll be hidden (just don't forget to keep the car keeys in your pocket~!

 

Gift baskets

why should the family or us ladies always get the gift baskets of food and such?

Get one for the man (or men) in your life! If you don't like the ones here... I'll give you some ideas of putting one of your own together..Oh & it doesn't HAVE to be in a basket!

What can you make the 'basket' from...

*a messenger bag, or

*mens brown (real or faux) leather toiletry bag

* or if you have a new baby... I have the PERFECT thing for you!

Items ideas to include .....

*New wallet

*Money Clip

* Gift Certificate for dinner at a resturant

*snack(s)

So what's the verdict?

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      This so reminds me of Seinfeld, with the "European carry-all."

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      Arthur Russ 3 years ago from England

      Yes, I use a man bag and find it extremely useful. In it I keep my mobile, keys, wallet pen and paper, cheque book, any paperwork, documents, tickets I need during the day or any letters Iâm posting, hat and gloves during winter months if Iâm not wearing them, any small items I may buy while out shopping, and sometimes a small camera if I think I might need it.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      I know several men would actually need a man bag! Awesome suggestion

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      Kim 2 years ago from Yonkers, NY

      Thank you for the comment (as well to all your other comments you posted to hubs)

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