Just as there are a wide variety of bags for women, there are also different types of bags for men. Metrosexuals and stylish men everywhere are now sporting a new variety of stylish bags that suit their style, taste, and personality. If you walk along the streets of a busy business district, for example, yuppies and men of fashion are no longer sporting a box-shaped briefcase. Designers have given men’s bags a modern look and added more varieties to satisfy the modern man’s craving for fashion and style. These modern man-bags are called “murse,” a portmanteau of “man” and “purse.”
Many male celebrities and models are seen with murses in red carpet events and even on ordinary days.
But what exactly is the difference between a murse and a bag?
To put it simply, a murse is the glamorized form of a bag. People buy these urban bags because they need one to use on a regular basis, but they buy murses to unleash their fashionable self.
Just like shoes, bags have become a common indulgence of bagaholics everywhere. They come in a variety of designs, labels, and styles that change every now and then.
Here is a pictorial list of the different types of bags for men.
Handbag for organizing files, papers, and books
Briefcases have always been the choice of men to match their formal or work outfit.
In the past, these bags were made to resemble boxes. They had square edges, and they did not have a lot of compartments. Today, however, bag designers have given briefcases a “curvier” look. Also, if you look at a modern briefcase, there are more rooms or compartments to keep your things organized. Briefcases are much more functional now.
A briefcase is set apart from the rest of the men’s bags with its handle. It doesn’t come with a strap unlike the messenger bag, and the handle is usually a rigid strap.
Materials that are used in making briefcases are usually leather or faux leather, but there are also some briefcases that are made from fabric and other materials.
2. Messenger Bag
Oversized satchel swung across the shoulder
Based on the description above, a messenger bag is an oversized satchel that is worn over one shoulder. Others would call this a “courier bag” because it comes with a strap that can be fastened to stabilize the bag on the wearer’s bag – just like a courier. This bag is usually bought by college students and cyclists to make it easier for them to carry their things, but many people use a messenger bag for style or fashion.
3. Carryall or Holdall
Modernized and more stylish version of a traveler’s bag
When people travel, they usually get a luggage to store their things in. But if you’re a light traveler or on a trip only for a day or two, you might want to ditch a luggage for a carryall. Also called a holdall, a carryall is used to carry the things you need when traveling.
If you look at the picture, a holdall has two rigid handles that’s a little bit oversized. It’s meant that way so that you can carry the bag over one shoulder.
4. Camera Bag
Smaller than a messenger bag, intended for small valuables (not just a camera)
Based on what its name tries to imply, a camera bag is a small bag created to carry your digital SLR camera. But this bag can also hold anything that doesn’t have too much weight such as a cellphone, and keys. It looks and is used like a shoulder bag, but it’s smaller than a shoulder bag.
Modernized and softened version of the briefcase
A tote bag is the rectangular or slimmer version of the carryall.
It extends in a vertical direction, and can be worn on one shoulder or carried with one hand. Male fashionistas carry this bag to match their casual look, and it’s a perfect bag for all your bigger valuables and supplies. So if you’re a student who is looking for something that can carry books, notebooks, and other needs, this bag is perfect for you. Some of these bags also have great compartments to make sure that your things are organized. It is also well-cushioned, so it’s soft to touch.
6. Newsboy Bag
Less formal, yet style savvy variation of the messenger bag
A newsboy bag is a simpler version of the messenger bag. According to some sources, this is one of the oldest form of bags. It was used first by newspaper carriers to store their newspapers in, but throughout the years, it has been worn by boys and girls to make a fashion statement — to complement or complete their casual look.
Some newspaper bags are made from canvas, but just like with the other types of bags, designers have experimented with different materials to re-invent of perhaps improve newspaper bags.
Bag carried on the back
Since backpacks are one of the most popular bags in the world, I think they don’t need any introduction. However, because we now live in a world of gadgets and computers, it’s worth mentioning that the backpack has evolved into something that’s more functional. These days, there are backpacks that have a compartment intended for e-book readers, laptops, and other gadgets. Also, there are backpacks that have other functionalities. For instance, some backpacks are called “laptop backpack” because they are backpacks that can also function as a laptop holder.
8. Laptop Bag
Protective bag for a laptop and its accessories
As its name implies, a laptop bag is a bag for your laptop. It is well-cushioned to make sure that your laptop and all its parts are intact even with vigorous movements or vibrations. Also, it has different compartments to store your laptop and its accessories (battery, cord, charger). In addition, there are bags that have a combined functionality to make sure that laptops have a room in them. For instance, when we say “messenger laptop bag,” you expect to see a bag that looks and functions as a messenger bag. But at the same time, this bag can carry and protect your laptop.
9. Duffel Bag
Cylindrical bag made of cloth
A duffel bag is a bag that takes the form of a cylinder.
Duffel bags are usually associated with men of uniform and army camps. But in recent years, these bags were given a makeover. For instance, popular sports brands have introduced a duffel bag that can store sports equipment and clothes. And instead of using cloth, other water-proof and more durable materials are used. Also, for fashionistas, there are duffel bags that are made of leather and other fashionable materials.
10. Sling Bag
Bag worn around the chest
A sling bag is a smaller version of the messenger bag. And just like messenger bags, a sling bag can be worn around the chest, and it’s often adjusted to make sure that it rests on the wearer’s back.
Originally, these bags were used by messengers on bikes. With the design of the sling bag, the wearer can move freely without having to worry about dropping anything from the bag. You can also have one if you are a cyclist or if you want to have a hassle-free hiking experience.
Soft-sided briefcase with a strap
A satchel is often mistaken as a briefcase, but in actuality, they are different. What’s the difference? The satchel has a strap while the other doesn’t. Satchels are worn on one shoulder, much like a shoulder bag.
But unlike a shoulder bag which hangs on your side, a satchel is worn on the back side of the hip. Of course, if you want to wear it on your side to make a fashion statement, go right ahead.
And while we’re at the subject of fashion and style, you might want to purchase a leather satchel for that elegant look. Plus, a leather satchel goes well with anything, from formal to casual clothings.
12. Clutch Bag
Small handbag only for the bare essentials
A clutch is a bag carried on one hand. This is popular among the ladies, but these days, fashionable men seem to make it cool to carry a clutch.
And just like ladies’ clutch bags, men’s clutch bags are rectangular in shape with a few compartments.
If you go back at the beginning of this page, you will notice that Terrence Howard is holding/ wearing a clutch. You can wear one, too, in formal occasions and events.
Or if you want to go shopping and want to make a fashion statement, a clutch bag is the best partner.
13. Shoulder Bag
Smaller than a messenger bag worn over one shoulder
Shoulder bags are bags that are worn on one shoulder. They are smaller than messenger bags, and they are used mainly to hold small valuables on a casual day.
You might confuse this bag with a satchel, but remember, the difference between these two nice bags is this: Satchel is worn on the back side of your hip, and a shoulder bag dangles on your side.
You can take a shoulder bag anytime of the day or on any occasion. But this bag looks well on casual clothing.
14. Toiletry / Wash Bag
Small bag for grooming articles
Toiletry bags are small, yet spacious bags to contain common toiletries, grooming materials, and other essentials during traveling. Some men slip all their toiletries anywhere in their bags. But if you want to be organized during a vacation or business trip, get yourself a toiletry bag.
Some of the terms used instead of “toiletry bags” include “wash bag,” “grooming kit bag,” and “travel kit bag.” Normally, these bags don’t have compartments, so you can’t organize all your toiletries when you put them in. But if you look patiently enough, you’ll find a wash bag that has some compartments.
15. Waist Bag
Bag worn around the waist
Waist bags are very functional especially when you’re abroad on a vacation. They hold all your important documents and things in place such as passport, wallet, and money. With a waist bag, you don’t have to worry about getting lost or losing your valuables. They just stay in place even when you are in constant motion. Also, when you travel, there are times when you tend to forget about your belongings. But when all your valuables strapped around your waist, you have nothing to worry about.