These Are the Best Bags for Men

A must-have accessory for beating back toxic masculinity!

By Megan Collins | Last Updated: Oct 7 2020

I don’t know who needs to hear this, but guys having a way to carry the things that don’t comfortably fit in their pockets is…fine?!?!

Oh wait, I know exactly who needs to hear it:

Leaving aside the obvious internalized misogyny, as well as the purposefully ignorant stance on face masks, Tomi is just wrong about guys and bags!

Whatever you want to call them – bags, purses, backpacks…they’re all great.

Whether you need to carry a small amount of things in a waist pack, or you’re looking to tote a whole bunch of stuff (y’know, like us ladies and our purses!), you’ll save your pockets and you’ll save your posture with a good bag.

Here at SG HQ, we want to make shopping for bags to carry your face mask in as easy as possible! So, along with fresh picks for fall sweaters and fall jackets, we’ve pulled together our favorite fall bags for men.

Upgrade with the best fall bags for men, below:

The Best Backpack

Fjallraven, $80

SG Says: When it comes to backpacks, aim for subtle sophistication. Tech fabrics are fine, but neon details and loud patterns? Leave that in your high school locker.

Our team loves the iconic K√•nken style from Fjallraven. It’s not too big, comes in a bunch of colorways, and has handles at the top which come in surprisingly handy.

Oh, and they also have this great buffalo check version for winter, which makes me want to chug a hot chocolate (in a good way, obviously).

Other stylish and affordable backpacks:

The best messenger bag-briefcase hybrid

Boarding Pass, $175

SG Says: Not a fan of backpacks or super-formal briefcases? Don’t resort to a gym bag just yet.

A sturdy, structured briefcase with handles to carry it in your hand and a shoulder strap is what you need.

The above style from NYC-based Boarding Pass is a great first foray into the non-backpack arena. Its waxed canvas body is sturdy, while the leather details help dress it up or down depending on your workwear. You get versatility while looking totally polished.

More great hybrid messenger bag-briefcases:

The Best Hip Pack

Topo Designs, $49

SG Says: Waist bag, fanny pack…whatever you want to call it, these bad boys are here to stay. No longer a trend, you might as well throw one of these across your body the next time you want to go hands-free and pockets light.

This style from Topo Designs has just enough fun to it that it feels like you could be going on a hike, even if you’re just headed to pick up coffee.

A couple more #SGapproved cross-body bags:

The best tote bag

L.L. Bean, $40

SG Says: We’ve loved this tote for so long, and if L.L. Bean ever gets rid of it..well, we don’t know what we’ll do.

In the meantime, snap up this forever-stylish and crazy affordable ‘hunter’s tote’ (so masculine!) now.

Two more noteable totes:


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