The Man Bag

Gerard butler Rockin” the Man bag

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.

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If you are interested in any of the suggestions I listed, there will be a link at the end that will take you to a list of them

Fashionable in three ways

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 have a cosmetic bag.

If you are tall and lean or average height & 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 distressed 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?

Bucket Boss Brand 06005 Contractors Briefcase

Bucket Boss Brand 06100 Contractors Briefcase

its a 2 sided bag for business & tools. Made for construction worker types.

Room for Files as well as laptop and a pocket in front for cell phone, pens etc, calculator, tools. Great for travel, Work or anything in between.

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Venturer Military Excursion Organizer Bag Rothco 2327, Olive Drab

Venturer Military Excursion Organizer Bag Rothco 2327, Olive Drab

Choice of colors, 6.5″ x 6″ X 3″ inches    great for travel or just a day out to keep everything together.

Rothco Khaki Paratrooper Shoulder Bag

Rothco Khaki Paratrooper Shoulder Bag

Made of durable material with loads of room. Going on a day trip.. pack it all in here, over night it’ll work. This will be your favorite go to bag for everything!

Yens® Fantasybag Urban sport sling pack-Grey,SB-6826

Yens® Fantasybag Urban sport sling pack-Grey,SB-6826

The Urban day pack keep everything you need a water bottle, in the mesh pocket, Ipod pocket w/ earbuds port and on the strap a pacet for your cell phone or wallet

What would you guys use a man bag for?

Cell phone / iPod

tablet / laptop (if messenger bag)

electric chargeable razor

comb &   Keys

business items

(sun) Glasses

Business cards/holder

deodorant

Travel razor

mmm What else can guys carry in their ‘man bag’

How to wear it

The Dos & Don’ts! – Gallery

I 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 bagshere'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 loks 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
I thought this was quite a handsome travel bag

 Messenger bags like these are a perfect example, and that grey color is just the one I was think of i call ash. I also thought that last one was quite a handsome travel bag , or briefcase (could even be a doctors bag of sorts).

or small loking duffle bags or something that has the shape of one of your toiletry bagsor just use a toiletry bagan old camera, binoculars case or Doctor bag. Doctor Bag #1I always say the best idea is to stick to military styles for casual everyday use

This travel Bag, toiletries, & binocular  ones work well if you would rather keep things on the down low.. Also you can’t go wrong as to me the best idea would be to stick to military styles for casual everyday use.  sling back (back pack) types or an old Doctor Bag

smaller bags stick to leatheralso sling back (back pack) types or an  old Doctor BagDark colors are best for you guys to stick to... Black, Brown, olive green and leathers some greys

This Diesel bag is great as well as the sling back types (back pack type)  the 3rd looks like it could be one of those bags sort of part of tactical gear

DEFINATELY a don't for this style... change the color & it's a women's bag.

This is a no guys! talk about a  ‘MAN PURSE’ I nearly laughed out loud when some guy passing me had one like this on him.

 

here's another sample for the retro/vintage looka Vintage airway bag, (sadly wasn't able to find the exact style I wanted to show)Go for retro/vintage antique air way bags bowling bags

These types of bags are all good as well for many uses  I esp. love that pan am one.  Use a small sports equipment bag, or even a vintage bowling bag,

It can be fashionable and masculine
This one is a BEWARE style… not every guy can pull this one off.  Yes its a messenger bag, but the style of it and depending on the shape (if it’s more vertical than wide) also color it may not look as masculine.

Oh My Aussies they both got it & don’t!

Now that's is one macho bagHugh... its so not you! that looks more like a woman's Giant hobo bag, circa 80s or 90s!!
Joel Edgerton that  is one kick ass macho bag
Hugh… You may be hot but that bag is so not! I hope you asked your wife if you could borrow her old 80s or early 90s purse! (crap I was a pre-teen & had one almost that size)
If it looks like this... DON'T It'll look like you borrowed it from your sister or girlfriend.HELL NO!
Both get the HELL NO! a single for the coach one and a double Hell NO to the clutch one! That is WAY TOO girly. If I were homophobic I’d say it looks Gay (at least in that color and size.. maybe something more western looking might work.
Ok this one is safe if you hold it under your arm as it loks like a file holderThis one is safe even if you hold it under your arm as it looks more like a file holder
than a woman’s clutch.

 

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 stitched 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

 

Vaquetta Leather Shave Kit Brown

Vaquetta Leather Shave Kit Brown

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~!

EuroSport Cargo Sling Backpack Black Canvas Bag

EuroSport Cargo Sling Backpack Black Canvas Bag

Durable for hikes and biking or just daily wear.

Keep all your things you need for the day keys, phone, wallet and so on (body spray & deodorant for the hot days)

Hands Free Carry-All

Hands Free Carry-All  (Silver)

A great idea for urban travel. (especially if you are on a vacation)

Gootium 21105 Men's Canvas Genuine Leather Cross Body Chest Pack-New Inventory

Gootium 21105 Men’s Canvas Genuine Leather Cross Body Chest Pack-New Inventory

a nice little sack to keep your pants & back from getting out of whack

Home and Travel

Dove Mens Plus Care, Face Regimen KitManicure Set 12pc in 1 Nail Clipper Earpick Grooming Pedicure kit Man Woman FF2Ogio Doppler Kit, BlackPanasonic ES3831K Single Blade Travel Shaver, BlackAXE Body Travel Kit For Men, 139 - 6 Pieces For PackAxe Anarchy Gift Set (6 Pieces)

1.  Dove Mens Plus Care, Face Regimen Kit

Ladies, we’ve got tons of product for our faces out there & maybe even in your house… How about pampering your guys with somethign for his?

2. Manicure Set 12pc in 1 Nail Clipper Ear pick Grooming Pedicure kit Man Woman FF2  Men’s mani-pedi kit

3.  Ogio Doppler Kit, Black  Travel bag (like for toiletries)

 4. Panasonic ES3831K Single Blade Travel Shaver, Black  Travel razor for on the go grooming.

 

5. AXE Body Travel Kit For Men, 139 – 6 Pieces For Pack   Freshen Up bag keep with you for those after work meetings or dates

 6.     Axe Anarchy Gift Set (6 Pieces)  includes Show gel, Shampoo & conditioner, shower ‘tool’ & body spray & deodorant

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Everest BB019 Hydration Military Army Style Backpack Backpacks Shoulder Sling One Strap Bag Bags

Great multi-use utility pack for Day trips (commuting) Long road trips, over nights (Hydration pack not included see for more details)

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 restaurant

*snack(s)

Diaper Dude Diaper Bag, Camouflage

Diaper Dude Diaper Bag, Camouflage

New dad bag. single or not this is a great bag for them when they are taking care of the baby. They can leave a pocket for their odds & ends as well.

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