The 5 Biggest Man-Bag Mistakes

It's now acceptable, nay, essential, for any smartly dressed chap to have a handsome holdall in his wardrobe. That's not to say you can just go and pick any old bag up though. Here are five tips to get you on the right track...
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It's now acceptable, nay, essential, for any smartly dressed chap to have a handsome holdall in his wardrobe. That's not to say you can just go and pick any old bag up though. Here are five tips to get you on the right track...

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Man gets about a bit nowadays, taking with him all he needs in a variety of bags. Some chaps carry rather nice bags, handsomely complementing their sartorial choices.  Others just don't, serving to detract from their smart get up with a whole host of baggage nightmares.

I had my own bad baggage stage a few years ago where I thought it was alright to carry my lunch in a Sainsbury's bag (it wasn't even a bag for life).  One lunchtime I caught sight of my reflection in the lift, in front of me stood a smartly dressed sort of a chap doing his best Angelos Epithemiou impression. I looked shit, a true watershed moment in my materialistic life.

Ask yourself have you ever committed any of the following baggage crimes? Be honest, now…

1. Bags With Wheels On 

It is only permissible to wheel a suitcase if it is a females and you are performing a most chivalrous act, you must also be suitably laden with your luggage. Got back problems? Pay a porter, don't wheel. The only exception to the rule is if you're a pilot or pretend to be one and are living out some sort of John Lyndsay fantasy. Ask yourself would Bond wheel a suitcase? No. Case closed.

2. Free Bags 

You know, those leather 'Head' bags insurance companies provided as a sweetener before the recession. Or even worse a bag kindly given to you by Jay the Membership Executive from Fitness First, Jay with the heavily gelled hair, fondness for Lynx Africa and unwillingness to waive the joining fee.

Free bags are only acceptable if you live in your car or are seriously contemplating it.

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3. A Rucksack For Carrying Stuff Up Mountains

At what point did it ever become acceptable to twin a suit with a rucksack suitable for transporting waterproofs, maps and Kendal mint cake? Donning your best Prince of Wales check with an eight strap Berghaus stinks of a man who has given up and gotten too practical, the baggage equivalent of wearing a chain on your sunglasses-just no.

4. A Bag With The Name Of The Company You Work At On It 

Doing your morning commute carrying a bag with your employers name on it? Why not just get “Tosser” tattooed onto your forehead?

5. Sports Tour Bags

That bag you got when you went out to Australia on a Sixth Form rugby tour. The one with that dead funny nickname you used to have emblazoned on it. Well now the whole of the Number 43 knows, great. You’re 33, put it in the loft.

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