With all the women’s and men’s bags available, there are many to choose from between both sexes that can be used by each other. You would think a color like pink would deter a man from buying a bag he likes but it doesn’t. I have seen guys with pink bags and there is nothing wrong with that, it’s just a color. The first picture above is a black with brown trim leather messenger bag. Basic colors like black, white, grey, blue, brown, beige, green and all various shades for these are more than enough to choose from. At the left is a picture of a white linen bag with leather straps. A popular look and fabric.
Along with linen, another similar fabric is canvas. Both are strong and durable and can be washed with mild detergent on a delicate cycle. If the tag states otherwise you can wash it by hand. You can also use a mesh laundry bag or pillow case to avoid straps or zippers damaging the bag with snags or the washing machine. The model to the right, has a khaki green canvas backpack with zippered sections and 2 pockets. The straps are wide for comfort and it’s the perfect size. Leather is always popular which includes authentic or imitation versions. It can be wiped with a damp cloth for cleaning and repels water when it rains. The most common unisex style is the backpack followed by the messenger bag. The backpack is practical with all the sections, compartments and many sizes from very small to extra large. Carrying this bag over your shoulders, it’s behind you and out of the way. The model at the left has a brown leather backpack with two front pockets that she is carrying much lower, and over her waist.
The messenger bag has a flap over closure and can be used for anything including a laptop or tablet. It has a long crossbody strap for hands free convenience. There can be pockets on the sides or the front and a zipper closure at the back of it. They are seen everywhere and have been around longer that the backpack. To the right is a black imitation leather messenger bag that resembles a briefcase with the top handle. It comes with the attachable strap. The navy blue messenger bag is made of industrial strength felt. It’s soft and has a nice casual look.
Waist pouches that are worn like a belt are very useful. They are also known as a fanny pack and have been around for decades with many changes in styles and fabric. Convenient outer pockets on the sides or the front, they are compact and can hold more than can be imagined. They can be worn over your clothing, or under a jacket and can be tiny holding a few personal items, or larger where they can hang to the side. You can dress them up with a suit or a dress and can be casual with jeans or shorts. There are versions where along with having the strap around your waist, another strap goes around the top of your thigh. The waist pouch here has multiple zippered sections and two pockets for easy access.
A classic long time used bag is the briefcase. Once seen as an older man’s bag, it has evolved over time as a sophisticated business women’s or men’s bag. You can find a sleek, slim look for holding your papers alone, along with the wider styles for more that can fit a laptop. You can find hard cased or softer leather styles that are more flexible. The briefcase shown is red brown leather with a flap over closure. There are styles that have single or double zippers across the top as well. You can purchase them with or without the long strap. The original styles only had the top handle.
Today you will find many unisex styles, colors, fabric and sizes to suit your taste and needs in most stores. Shoe stores are starting to carry men’s, women’s and unisex bags also which is convenient. There is a huge market out there for everyone.
Click on Women’s Purses and Handbags for more information about them, to read and shop for men’s click on Men’s Bags and Accessories. The option to shop for both are to the right on my sidebar where I have several merchants listed.
Unless otherwise stated, the bags for this article I chose from various merchants for the specific style I needed to write this article.