So about a month ago, I wrote about the Structured Substitute: a bag to replace the backpack. And while that focused mostly on Fashionistas, I figured it would only be right to pay homage to you Fashionistos with the man bag. I feel as though a lot of guys stray away from this trend because they don’t want it to get in the way of their masculinity, but take notes from this Fashionisto who knows just how to rock this great accessory.
When I first came across him, the first thing that caught my eye about this Fashionisto was his beautiful leather bag. But little did I know that it had some history. I learned that he had gotten a lot of his accessories during his travels: his bag from Mexico and his shoes from Rwanda, among other things. It was really refreshing to meet someone who wasn’t embedded in labels for once. And not only was this Fashionisto stylish, but the stuff he sported all had some meaning and significance behind it.
But aside from his cultured components, I really want to emphasize to you Fashionistos that a bag like this is great. Don’t be afraid of it! It’s an easy way to make a fashion statement without being overbearing, and it easily takes the dullness out of your day-to-day backpack. In this Fashionisto’s case, his bag was the perfect addition to his laid-back and casual look.
I’m not only talking to Fashionistos though! For all you Fashionistas, try to get your boyfriend or brother to give this a try. For a similar bag to this Fashionisto’s, check out Fossil’s Estate leather messenger bag. Or if you want a little more color, have a look at Ted Baker London’s Drumlen bag. Regardless of what you decide, be sure to pick one up, Fashionistos/as! These bags come in such a wide variety and are fashionable, functional and super easy to style.
Spotted: Andrea Pompilio was all about the man bag at her spring 2013 menswear show. Which one do you like best?