Bags To Build A Bolder Look

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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.

Louis Vuitton AW15 Men's Cross-Body Bags

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:

Men's Backpacks Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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.

Men's Folio Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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.

Men's Tote Bags Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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.

Men's Holdalls and Duffle Bags Outfit Inspiration Lookbook

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.

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What To Look For In A Hermes Bag Replica

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What To Look For In A Hermes Bag Replica

A Hermes bag replica is the solution when you don’t have a huge budget to satisfy your fashion cravings. But what should you look at to make sure your future Hermes knock off will be as close as it gets to an original?

Hermes bags are iconic fashion items almost every woman would like to own one. The bad news is that it costs a fortune and few of them can afford buying one. The celebrities are the ones that can be spotted with their expensive bags. That’s why probably more and more women would like to get at least one. These bags are must-haves.

What to look at when buying a Hermes bag replica?

Since an authentic Hermes is so expensive, women have searched for a more affordable solution. That solution has proved to be a Hermes Bag Replica in many cases. Even so, buying a replica doesn’t mean it’s going to be a good one. It can be almost identical to an original or it can be the worst you have seen, having nothing to do with a Hermes. That is why one must pay attention to a few details before purchasing a replica bag. Let’s see what these details are.

The label

The stamp on an authentic Hermes is clean and well proportioned. It should be the same on a good replica bag. The writing should look as if it’s part of the leather, not above or a separate part of it. Also, it is located closely to the stitching.

The shape

The shape you should be looking for is crisp and rigid. You don’t want to buy anything that’s too soft or doesn’t sit up straight. Also, the handles have to sit up straight. Don’t buy anything that has rounded to soft handles.

The stitching

Like in most of the cases of luxury brand bags, all the elements have to look perfect and so is the stitching. It has to be smooth and neat. No stitch has to be loose. Every Hermes handbag is manufactured by an artisan and that is why they look so perfect. In the case of a Hermes bag replica, they most probably aren’t hand made, but the stitching still has to be very good and look as close as possible to that of a real one.

The hardware

The hardware should have some Hermes engravings on it. The writing has to be thin, not too pronounced or thick. It all has to look very clean. Also, all the hardware has to be metallic. A bad Hermes bag replica feature plastic hardware, so, if you can, check if it’s metal or plastic. The zippers are made “in-house” by Hermes so they will have to have the engraving on them.

The price

Just like in the case of a real Hermes bag, the price matters for replicas too. If you want to buy a good replica bag, you have to look for something that’s more expensive than the rest of the knock off bags. Of course you won’t pay the price of an authentic one (starting from $6500) but a replica that will cost less than $200 isn’t worth it.

So, if you are planning to buy yourself a Hermes bag replica do some research beforehand and then apply what you know on what you are looking at. If you’re buying it online, make sure the pictures are of their replica bags and look closely to all the important details I’ve mentioned. A very good replica website is Pursevalley. The products available are high-quality and follow closely the originals. The collection is pretty variate so you can find almost any model you wish to have.

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