I catch the bus to work at 8.30am most mornings. At the stop immediately after mine, an immaculately put-together gent gets on board. His suit is flannel, his shoes leather monk-straps, his glasses tortoiseshell and his bag a beautiful sumptuously dark brown box calf briefcase with a brass hinge lock. It’s a look that turns heads.
On casual Fridays, he swaps the tailoring for jeans, a cashmere knit and enviably well-ironed shirts, the monk-straps for suede brogues, and his usual bag for a tan leather briefcase. The man can dress – that much is unquestionable.
Yes, Mr 8.32am, my fellow passenger, takes the time to swap bags to complement his look, and I can only wish I had the discipline.
While buying a bag suitable for every possible outfit you can put together is, to say the least, impractical for most of us, it’s worth investing in one or two quality bags that cover off the majority of scenarios – whether you spend most of your time in the gym or at parties drinking gin.
Bag-wise, what kind of man are you? If you haven’t asked yourself this question, chances are you’re dragging around a shabby, badly proportioned number that just isn’t completing your look like it should, or worse yet: you’re still shoving all your particulars into overfull pockets.
To help you determine which type of bag works best for you and your lifestyle, here are five styles worth considering this year.
1. The Cross-Body
After a few seasons stuck in fashion limbo, cross-body bags are making a return this year. As seen at Louis Vuitton’s autumn/winter 2015 show, zippered styles – also known as reporter bags – are the ones to keep an eye out for, and a far cry from the fold-over flap designs so reminiscent of the early noughties.
They give off a slightly more casual vibe, so you might want to think twice before pairing one with a suit. You’ll also want to make sure the strap is the right length for the bag to be carried no lower than your hipline – unless you plan on delivering someone’s post.
2. The Backpack
Another historically bland type of bag that’s having a bit of a moment, the backpack has – for several seasons now – been given the luxury treatment by a number of high-end designers.
For those of us on a budget, the good news is that this trend has already trickled down to the high street – meaning you can find buttery leather versions, complete with elegant hardware and exquisite detailing, at much more affordable price points.
An unexpected yet luxurious way to accessorise a suit, the backpack is also the ideal finishing touch to a minimal sportswear-inspired look:
3. The Folio
Smart and unobtrusive, a leather folio is a classic that shows you mean business whether you’re suited and booted or prefer to work in jeans and a wool bomber.
If you’re looking for a design that’s up to the minute (and you’re not lugging around 500-page contracts), then consider a leaner, more discreet style in the form of the pouch – though keep in mind you won’t be able to carry anything sizeable in these slimline versions.
We mean it – as tempting as it is, stuffing a folio with junk instantly ruins its sleek and sophisticated shape.
4. The Tote
Arguably one of the most ‘fashion’ bags alongside the folio, the tote is practical, but really shines as a statement accessory rather than something sturdy to cart your daily essentials around in.
Ideal for storing your phone, keys, a couple of notebooks and a laptop, it’s a stylish alternative to a briefcase that – admittedly – can sometimes be difficult to hold when striding through packed train stations.
Available in canvas and leather predominantly, as well as every colour and print imaginable, there’s a tote to suit every taste. Avoid excessive hardware or add-ons like charms or key chains, and let the simple design and great materials do the talking.
5. The Holdall/Duffle Bag
Hitting the gym several times a week? A mid-sized holdall or duffle bag will fit all of your kit while keeping you looking on-form.
Nothing beats leather when it comes to sophistication but textiles – including canvas, wool and performance materials – work well depending on your everyday attire.
Dimensions matter, so ask for something no larger than 55cm wide (enabling it to double up as cabin baggage for short trips away) and make sure it’s lightweight enough to be carried with ease. A detachable, padded shoulder strap should also be a priority if you find yourself lugging it around for extended periods each day.
The Right Bag For You
Whichever bag you choose, it’s worth following these guidelines:
When purchasing, keep your personal style and usual colour palette in mind. It’s important to opt for something in a hue and material that can be easily integrated with your existing wardrobe – whether that’s mostly longline white T-shirts and black nylon bombers or sharp pastel tailoring.
Although certain capacious designs offer plenty of room, you shouldn’t necessarily use every last inch of the space available. This is as much a scoliosis warning as a style diktat. Carrying heavy weights is never a good look, while over-stuffing your bag can stretch and wear out the material.
Why should you care what your gym bag looks like? Because despite holding sweaty shorts and dirty trainers, you’ll be carrying it around all day and – irrespective of its pungent contents – if it looks bad, then so do you.
Watch out for shoulder straps when you’re wearing tailoring, as they can cause unsightly creases, and have the potential to ruin the structure of your blazer or coat. Look for bags that offer both hand straps and a shoulder strap so you can switch around to keep your suits looking their best.
Certain styles, particularly handle-free folios, can be a pain to carry for extended periods of time. Even simple tasks – such as taking a call while smoking a cigarette or hailing a taxi while holding a coffee, for example – quickly become laborious, which may mean you’re better off with a more practical backpack or cross-body.Other Brands
Hermes replica bags, what do you think of when putting Hermes and replica bags on the same page? What are the most recurrent aspects that you, as a potential buyer, couldn’t neglect when purchasing a good, qualitative bag, even if it’s a replica?
While you are thinking about it and how to gather all the important criteria in a one perfect acquisition, let’s have a small journey among some of the best Hermes replica bags categories one can found on Purse Valley. If you are new to this, let me bring to light what Purse Valley is. Beside my favorite online store for amazing bag replicas, it is also the most trusted website when it comes to commitment to customers through their qualitative products. In order to confirm my statement I have made a classification, based on personal experiences with the chosen Hermes replica products I bought. Assuming that you are also a passionate when it comes to hunt the best deals in town, you will find my sharing appropriate for your shopping purposes. Let’s start the journey:
3. The Hermes Evelyne replica
Among Hermes replica bags, in terms of utility, modern design and fluent matching the Hermes Evelyne bag replica is a must. These were my precise thoughts when I have bought it. It’s been two years now since my first public appearance. And believe me, it was a glamorous, yet chic appearance; and glamorous not in that particular glittery way. However, I am celebrating a two years reunion with it and it didn’t get old or something. The exterior cowhide leather is orange, as the picture above shows, wearing all the specifications that describes an authentic Hermes. The perforated logo is where it should be, not a centimeter up or down. The leather trimmings follow a specific pattern, making me believe that the hand who crafted the Hermes Evelyne bag replica was experienced. Among all the messenger bags type, Evelyne seemed to be the most suitable for long walks or stops in different pubs, outdoor restaurants, roof top parties and so one.
2. The replica Birkin bag
The increased number of the online shops merchandising replica Birkin bags contributed to a downfall in the confidence of qualitative replicas. While the replica Birkin bags is genuinely using leather, there are different kind of online stores promoting polyvilyn Birkins. Not a picture you would like to see after weeks of expectations for your most wanted Birkin. Anyway, I have purchased the Birkin Plum, see the picture above, for a friend. I had to choose between black ostrich leather, the Birkin crocodile leather and another blue colored Birkin. But plum seemed to be more suitable for her since she is a mixed up office person with an electric personality. This model seemed more appropriate for conference meetings and corporate lunches, as the Hermes Kelly model is also. Both, amazing purchases that shouldn’t be missed among Hermes replica bags.
1. The Hermes Kelly Bag replica
I had the chance to wear a Hermes Kelly bag replica, borrowed from a close friend of mine. After my first replica Hermes purchase from Purse Valley it was a chain reaction where some of my friends started to invest in something far greater than usual accessories purchases. So, even if I did not buy a Kelly replica I had the chance to wear it on a cocktail night. And it made my night. If you would have given me an advice upon a different bag, probably the outfit would’t have been complete at all. It was a flawless exemplary that looked carefully hand stitched. That’s the kind of a Hermes replica bag you can match it with a red pair of silk trousers, high heeled white sandals and a black silk blouse. Kelly is not a model that should either be ignored either among the Hermes replica bags.
I am more than excited to share my personal experiences with different Hermes replica bags but it will be the best if you would create your own opportunities in order to experience quality on low costs. Hermes replica bags are an answer to this required experience since they come in different shapes and colors for each and every particular desire.
With its sleek body, dazzling front flap and the chic handles, it’s almost guaranteed that the Be Dior Flap Bag is paving its way to the iconic status. The bag itself is sensational and the fashion house certainly made the right move when they hired Jennifer Lawrence to introduce the new bag collection.
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Now for the Cruise 2015 Collection, more colors mini version of the Be Dior Flap Bag has been revealed. The mini Be Dior Flap Bag has the best of both worlds – modern silhouette that’s both ‘supple’ and ‘structured’. It’s a whole new stage of expressing the elegant urban attitude.
The new colors like the Metallic Champagne is an irresistible piece for every occasion. Others like the smooth Blue Mirage or the Smooth Grey (more like light pink to me) Shades are the best way to flaunt your charming personality.
The Be Dior Flap Bags can be worn in five different ways – on the shoulder, on the arm, as a clutch, in the hand or just across the body. It’s features the famous DIOR charms and is available at your Dior boutique.
Be Dior Flap Mini Flap Bag
Size: 20 x 16,5 x 11 cm
Be Dior Flap Small Flap Bag in single colors
Size: 27 x 19,5 x 13 cm
Be Dior Flap Small Flap Bag in bi colors
Size: 27 x 19,5 x 13 cm
Be Dior Flap Small Flap Bag in tri colors
Size: 27 x 19,5 x 13 cm
Be Dior Medium Flap Bag in single colors
Size: 31 x 22,5 x 14 cm
Be Dior Medium Flap Bag in bi colors
Size: 31 x 22,5 x 14 cm
Be Dior Medium Flap Bag in tri colors
Size: 31 x 22,5 x 14 cm