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    Messenger bag thoughts?



    I'm looking to use some of my bonobos credit to pick up a messenger bag, looking at these two:


    http://www.bonobos.com/alfred-work-bag-tan

    http://www.bonobos.com/alfred-work-bag-coal


    Any thoughts on color? I was leaning towards the coal because I thought it might be sleeker and work better if I'm dressed up a bit (not quite a suit, but maybe a blazer), but the more I look at it the more I'm wondering if I should go for some color. Am I over-thinking this?


    Alternatively, there's this:

    http://www.bonobos.com/tommy-work-bag-sand


    Love the color, but I like the flap style of the first two.


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    My opinion is that a black bag (like a black shoe) has less character than a brown bag. You trade visual interest for versatility. With a black bag it is harder to appreciate the leather and other details; to me, by design it's meant to look more generic. Out of those three, I would pick the first (tan) one.


    Other gents here can chime in on wearing brown bags with black shoes. I think the first tan bag above pairs easily with any color blazer (tweed, camel, navy, burgundy), except for maybe midnight black (unless is a casual fabric like corduroy or worn grayish chino).


    Personally I would get it because there are very few times when I wear a black blazer/suit. I also have another bag that is black to wear in those occasions (maybe you have one as well?).

    My Measurements: 6' 1" height, 35" sleeves, 41-42" chest/jacket, 35" waist, 34" inseam, 11.5D/EEE shoes, 200 lbs

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      #3


      "Black suits are for funerals. Pinstripe black suits are for jazz funerals."

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        #4


        The first bag is the most versatile and best looking, for sure. The only thing I can't see it going with is a black suit. And I think a brown bag would be alright with black shoes, as long as it's not with the aforementioned black suit.


        That being said, I don't think the second bag is any dressier than the first because it's black. After all, it is still canvas, and that has a casual look to it. I think if the black bag were all leather, you could say that, but I would stick with the first.

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