Ever since Posh Spice, (sorry, Victoria Beckham), started dressing her husband there are few fashion accessories & necessities more roundly ridiculed than the Man Bag.
Do you have to be ‘comfortable’ with your sexuality to want one? Do men even need them?
Is it the result of an ultimatum from your missus who, (as Goldie Looking Chain once put it), might be ‘a nutter’?
|It doesn't have to be this way fellas|
Plus it never looks good when you’re sat on a train rooting around in your own pockets with your tongue hanging out whilst grinding and pumping your hips so you can reach your phone. Being armpit deep in my cavernous rucksack for the things I need is also tiresome & sweaty work. I needed something that I could keep close by, something that allowed me to grab what I needed quickly & was also light enough that my central nervous system was still operating after a day of carrying it around.
|Belstaff know how to make Man Bag's|
|Steve's new Brown Leather Bag by Fossil|
The clasp was a firm metal clip which held it together fine. It also had a decent handle for carrying it like a briefcase & a shoulder strap to keep the hands free for other things like luggage. It also meant that the clasp wouldn't bear the entire weight of the bag.
So, here’s me tips for any of you looking to get a bag.
3. Make sure it has a secure clasp. Make sure it is strong & won’t unclip by itself. If you plan on putting heavy stuff in the bag it’s advisable to find one with a shoulder strap as this will take the load off the central point of the bag where the clasp is & divert the tension to the sides where it stronger.
5. If you can, choose a bag which has a built-in ‘fishing chain’ for keys.It’s a length of fabric or leather attached to the bag which you can clip your keys to. You then dump the strap & keys back inside the bag and when you need your keys you just pull on the chain & draw the keys out like fish on a hook.
|Man Bag Lover|
By Steve Gray
Images (c) Fossil, Belstaff