Top 10 on Men’s Bag Territory

Which bags are appropriate for metro fashionistas? GQ explains the dos and don’ts based on the latest Autumn/Winter design from Milan and Paris:


1-The oversized stuff-it sack was a hit at the spring/summer collections. They’re generous in size, masculine and best worn over the shoulder like a casual backpack.

2-The leather men’s tote has been redefined in bright poppy primaries, following this season’s strong colour blocking trend
3-The classic weekender bag in luxury hides of leather – you can’t go wrong.
4-The floppy leather envelope is like a document holder but less structured and more malleable.
5-The classic briefcase is always a safe bet, but go for a more compact size and steer clear of the bulk of the power cases of the 1980s.

6-The soft briefcase is a versatile option, perfect for both work and leisure days.
7- The safari-inspired binoculars case is an exception to GQ‘s no-little-bags-bordering-on-handbags rule. They’re masculine and utilitarian.
8-The oversized Boho tote is casual but refined luxury, be sure to wear with a shoulder strap though to avoid falling in to women’s handbag territory.
9-The classic duffel bag is always a winner on weekends away.
10-Smaller diver utility bags are another exception to GQ‘s no-little-bags-bordering-on-handbags rule.

The key to buying the right man bag is to go for perrenial medium to larger styles that are masculine and versatile. While smaller unstructured briefcases and floppy leather envelopes are perfect as smaller styles, men’s clutches or “mutches” should be avoided – unless you want to be emasculated by your accessories.

Three man bags to avoid

  1. “Mutches” or men’s clutches, anything too small to be a leather document holder is off limits.
  2. Hermès Birkin bags – sorry fashionistas, but these are for women, and women only.
  3. Smaller shoulder “totes” – these are just women’s handbags.


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