Over the past few years, I have noticed mens fashion getting tighter and tighter. This is not an issue at all for me. I have to admit, I love being able to show off the physique I have been working for over the past several years - rejecting cookies is a tough ask don’t you know!
Along with the tighter clothes, I seem to be carrying more and more each day. My wallet is always filled with cards, cash and other other bits and bobs. My mobile phone is not the smallest piece of equipment either, and my keys are bulky and really irritating when storing in the pockets of some tight trousers. And do not get me started on the case for my glasses.
There has to be a solution to carrying around all of this bulky gear, right? Even for us fellas?
Introducing the tote bag for men!
I will be honest, I was a little wary as to what my friends and peers might say when I first considered one. You have seen that episode of ‘Friends’ right? The one where Joey turns up to Central Perk proudly wearing his new ‘man bag’; “at first, I thought it just looked good, but it’s practical too,” he said. “Check it out! It’s got compartments for all your stuff! Your Wallet! Your Keys! Your address book!”. My fear was that my friends would react to me just as the characters in Friends did with Joey on this 1999 episode. But, I knew just the way to win them over.
Over the years the styles of the ‘man bag’ have changed and adapted into the tote bags that they are now. At the Paris Fashion Week Spring 2018 Men’s show there were plenty of perfectly formed tote bags which not only appeared to be very practical but also worked out to be a great accessory for the gentleman carrying them too. The fashion has massively changed from the shapeless cloth form of tote bag from years bag - the kind that could be confused with a hessian sack or perhaps a reusable shopping bag. The mens tote bag of today is a formed and well styled accessory that not only looks incredible, but has enough space for all of your daily essentials too.
I am not ashamed to admit that I have gone on to use (and proudly might I add) a mans tote bag. Over the recent weeks it has become a part of me and I rarely dare leave the house without one. You see, not only can it carry all of my essentials but it can also carry bottles of water, food, books and pretty much whatever I need.
I ended up going for a Vintage Leather Tote Bag from satchandfable.com. There are many reasons why I opted for this bag:
Firstly, it doubles up as a laptop computer bag too. It makes it perfect for my office work and for those days I need to work on the road or in my local cafe over a steamy hot coffee. I simply slide my laptop in the bag and away I go.
Secondly, it has enough space within it to store all of my essentials. I guess like Joey joked in that infamous episode of Friends, it has compartments for everything I could possibly need!
Finally, it looks damn good! It is that simple. It looks good on me no matter what I wear and is suitable for many of my wardrobe choices.
It’s not just us men who are finally coming to the conclusion we need help in carrying all of belongings in a handy mens tote bag! Women are finally agreeing that mens tote bags are the way forward! It’s certainly made my partner happier; I am no longer giving her all of my stuff to put in her bag and carry on my behalf. It’s certainly saved her a slight shoulder ache!
I know for a fact as well that when my children were a lot younger than they are now, a mens tote bag would have been an absolute life saver when it comes to carrying around diapers, bottles of milk and everything else you need to carry for little ones!
Designers are getting their act together too and starting to embrace the design on mens tote bags. Balenciaga’s Spring 2018 men’s show included tote bags in sleek and sexy leather. Even Louis Vuitton was on hand to show off a monogramed version. It did not take long for these designs to influence the audience whom could be seen on the street’s during the fashion week modelling their new cloth form tote bags for men.
Can a mans tote bag seem ‘unmanly?’ Athletes and sports stars are starting to carry around bags proudly - possibly to store large wads of cash and plenty of protein. Whatever they carry, it is clear they are confident to carry around their tote bags - and you should be too.
As the trend for mens tote bags grows be sure to invest in one now to save yourself the arm ache of carrying around bulky items, or to save your pockets from splitting and causing unnecessary chaffing in the awkward parts. Leather always looks best when it comes to mens tote bags. Avoid the formless and limp cloth examples you can find and invest in something you will be proud to show off.
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