Six Essential Styles Of Men’s Handbags For 2016

If you want a bolder look in 2016 take a look at these styles of men’s handbags which will add a touch of class to your outfit. Now-a-days, what to carry has as much importance for men as it does for women. The fact that men’s handbags account for around 20% of the luxury handbag market, it’s clear many men take the style of their bags. very seriously.

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Any man of fashion knows that bags have become a necessary tool and fashion accessory. No longer seen as solely a woman’s item, men’s handbags are masculine, attractive and ideal additions to any contemporary wardrobe.

In particular, men’s handbags that are crafted from the finest leather and designed with function in mind, can replace the traditional briefcase, as well as complete your look. Team up your fashion style with a bag that turns heads. You need to try to find bag and accessory designs that are created for the urban man looking for a look that is both for business and pleasure.

But buying a bag suitable for every possible outfit you can put together is impractical for most of us. So it’s worth investing in one or two quality men’s handbags that cover the majority of scenarios; whether you spend most of your time at the office, travelling, at the gym or partying. Most bags for men have a fine line between a totally professional look and a completely casual look.

But what kind of bag man are you? If you haven’t asked yourself this question, chances are you have not yet gotten into the man bag scene and still stuff your pockets full of rubbish, destroying the sleek appearance of your tailored pants. Or maybe you are carrying around a shabby, badly designed bag that just isn’t giving you the look you may desire.

To help you decide which type of bag works best for you and your lifestyle, here are six styles of men’s handbags worth bearing in mind this year. They can be easily mixed and matched with your business and casual wardrobes. 

  1. Leather Briefcases

Leather briefcases are probably the oldest form of “acceptable” handbags for men. Modern-day briefcases, however, have evolved a great deal since the days of your father’s sharp-cornered case. They’re no longer boxy; in fact, that’s about the only traditional element discarded in the modern briefcase. The classic shape (without the sharp corners), buckles, leather exterior, and practical interior compartments help make a leather briefcase a timeless addition to any working-man’s wardrobe.

  1. Cross-Body Bags

Cross-body bags are making a comeback this year, especially zippered styles. Keep an eye out for this latest advance in design which is a far cry from the fold-over flap designs so common in the early noughties. Make sure the strap is the right length for the bag to be carried no lower than your hip-line. Cross-body bags have a slightly more casual feeling, so you might want to think twice before wearing it to an important business meeting where you need to wear a suit and carry a briefcase.

  1. Leather Messenger Bags

Leather messenger bags, are now also an urban fashion icon and often replace a classic leather briefcase. They make it much easier to carry a heavy load because they are worn over one shoulder with a strap that goes across the chest resting the bag on the lower back. Traditionally made from canvas and swung across the shoulder, messenger bags have taken on a whole new meaning in urban fashion. From students with canvas bags to urban hipsters with modern leather messenger bags, they are a laid-back style will always have a classic casual flair, but today’s leather messenger bags also exude a hint of uptown sophistication.

  1. Leather Backpacks

Leather backpacks have, for several seasons now, been given the luxury treatment by a number of high-end designers. Especially quality leather backpacks with elegant hardware and exquisite detailing. An unexpected yet luxurious way to accessorize your business outfit, leather backpacks are also the ideal finishing touch to a minimal sportswear-inspired look, and an ideal carry-on bag when travelling.

      5. Leather Portfolio Bags

Smart and unobtrusive, a leather portfolio is a classic that shows you mean business whether you’re suited and booted or working in jeans. Most of the leather folio bags are lean and discreet and are in the form of a pouch which means that you won’t be able to carry anything sizable in these slimline versions. As tempting as it is, over stuffing a leather portfolio with documents instantly ruins its sleek and sophisticated shape. A handle-free leather portfolio, can be a pain to carry for extended periods of time which may mean you’re better off with a more practical leather backpack or leather cross-body bag.

5. Leather Tote Bags

A leather tote bag is the modern approach to the classic briefcase. Resembling an artisan’s bag, It is the utmost in casual business attire. Its basic design and usual soft leather exterior allots it a classic status, while its long handles give it a contemporary edge. If purchased in a chocolate brown or black, this bag can add a touch of laid-back masculinity to any casual work wear.

The leather tote is practical, but really stands out as a statement accessory rather than something sturdy to carry around. Apart from carrying documents, a leather tote is ideal for storing your phone, keys, a couple of notebooks and a laptop, it’s a stylish alternative to a traditional briefcase. A leather tote which has simple design and great materials do the talking and say so much about your style. It is also much easier to access.

6. Leather Hand Luggage, Holdalls

Any traveling man needs a holdall for those weekend jaunts or business trips away.  Big, bulky leather hand luggage has transformed into sleek, stylish holdalls (or carryalls). Its design is inspired by the duffel bag, but its predominantly leather exterior and more refined appearance attribute a classic look to this practical tote. A medium holdall can be used as a gym bag and will be just the thing to fit all of your kit while keeping you looking great.

Nothing beats leather when it comes to sophistication. It looks good, smells good and feels good. But textiles, including canvas, wool and performance materials can also work well depending on your everyday attire.

Dimensions matter, especially if you are using it as a carry-on bag, so look for a bag that is no larger than 55cm wide 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. Sometimes they come with wheels but remember that adds on the weight.


If you would like to dabble in the wide world of man bags, but don’t quite know which one would suit your needs best, then it is best to stick with a classic type of men's handbags, and you can’t go wrong.

Whichever bag you choose, make sure you keep your personal style and usual color scheme in mind. It’s important to opt for something in a color and fabric that can be easily integrated with your existing wardrobe. Basic colors of brown and black are probably the safest if you want to ensure a touch of masculinity. And of course nothing looks better than leather, especially Italian leather.

Also make sure your bag is roomy enough to suit your needs whether for business or pleasure. And also make sure that you do not overload them or make them too heavy because over-stuffing your bag can stretch and wear out the material. Heavy bags can also cause neck, shoulder and back pain.

Watch out for shoulder straps when you’re wearing tailored clothes, as they can cause unsightly creases, and have the potential to ruin the fabric 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.

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