How to choose the right bag for your suit

05 April 2017

"With so many different options and aesthetics out there, how do you know which one is right for you?"

Once you’ve settled on the perfect suit and you’ve ironed out all the details, most of the heavy lifting is complete. However, as a professional or businessman, every aspect of your look needs to be as strong as your suit. From your shoe selection to your outerwear, every piece should have the same level of elevated style. This is inclusive of your bag.
 
Traditionally, men who favour suits also preferred classic briefcases. The younger generation of men, who’ve grown up in the era of tech start-ups and shared workspaces, have started embracing luxury backpacks and messenger bags. With so many different options and aesthetics out there, how do you know which one is right for you?
 
Backpack
On the bright side, today’s backpacks have a leg up on the versions we carried as kids. They’re made of durable fabrics and they’re designed just as elegantly as a duffle bag or briefcase. The problem is wrinkling. The backpack’s straps will leave indentations in your shoulders if you’re carrying a heavy load. This bag is ideal for guys who work in less traditional settings and don’t carry a great deal to and from the office.
 
Messenger
The messenger bag exists at the intersection of traditionalism, function and modern style. The cross-body strap evenly distributes the weight across your body. It’s just big enough to carry the essentials, and it comes in every fabric from leather to canvas. It works great as a carryall, so grab one of these if you travel to work via public transportation, by foot or on a bike. Messenger bags also work great with modern suiting.
 
Briefcase
For the classic guy—the type who wears a medium-width notch lapel—the briefcase is a safe choice. It’s a classic bag that has been around for ages. It’s basic, studious, firm and polished. In terms of size, it offers the same amount of space as a messenger bag. However, if you’re looking for a bag as traditional as your classic suits, this is the way to go.
 
Tote
Tote bags get a bad rap among men. They’re less masculine and have less structure to keep your belongings organised. However, totes are ideal for the guy who needs quick access to everything in his bag from his umbrella to a spare pen. Furthermore, tote bags come in a variety of colours and designs. For the adventurous guy who wants a bag with personality to complement his look, a tote bag is perfect. Totes.
 
In choosing the right bag, consider your style and functional needs to land on a pick that’s just right. Ask your tailor to recommend their favourite styles at your next appointment.