Let’s Talk Messenger Bags
November 3, 2008, 1:17 pm
Filed under: 2008, Men's Fashion, Women's Fashion | Tags: , , , , ,

Now is the time to talk practical bags (I blame the economy).  No matter what kind of shopper you are, chances are you’re battening down the spending hatches in favour of some more practical pieces with longevity.  Messenger bags are perfect for this type of mindset; they can be used during the day, at the office and can haul a great assortment of goodies for their wearer. 

Messenger bags are also easily dressed up as they are down.  If you choose a bag in leather, you can get away with wearing it for many evening occasions.  A few things to keep in mind if you’re in the market for a bag:

  • Keep designs simple. Avoid overboard embroidery and over designing  In order to keep usability to its highest, make sure that the design is versatile enough to be worn with multiple looks.
  • Buy large.  No matter if you’re male or female, the number of things we need to haul around during the day keeps increasing.  To combat this, get a bag large enough to carry all of your goodies.
  • Stay color neutral.  There are more cost effective ways to get in your color fix; I would advise against buying a flashy bag that you won’t want to be seen with during more than half of the week.



The glory of the messenger bag is its gender neutrality and practicality.  Gone are the days where only Europeans and students dared to don the messenger bag; there is no better time for the North American male to cast an eye on this style.  Try to steer clear of gaudy logos and colors; there is nothing classic about that.

From left to right: New York messenger bag in leather ($195; Kenneth Cole), Dolce & Gabbana nylon messenger bag ($204; Bluefly), Marc by Marc Jacobs patent leather messenger bag ($230; Bluefly), Jas MB messenger bag ($475; Barneys CO-OP)



As previously discussed, practicality is overshadowing extravagance; but this in no way means you have to settle for a bag that is anything less than fabulous.  Whether you’re going for the utilitarian look or not, this bag will earn its spot on your shoulder.

From left to right: Arturo Italian Leather Messenger Bag ($141; eBags), Nuovedive leather messenger bag ($275; Forzieri), Andrew Marc Audrina leather messenger bag($495; Piperlime), Lesa Wallace Handbags Dynamic Bag($407; CoutureCandy)


4 Comments so far
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One problem i find with most messenger bags is the lack of a handle. A handle is a requirement for me as it allows the double duty as a brief case for business meetings etc.

Comment by dm

Black? Really? I’m disappointed in you.

And over-the-shoulder bags are very unergonomic. I know women happily carry bricks in their purses, but men should buy the *smallest* bag they can get away with and just carry around less crap.

Comment by Jared

@Jared Yep, black. When you’re looking for something to go with almost everything, black is the best option. I was talking practicality here, not utter originality.

Comment by Victoria Potter

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