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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:

    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:

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


    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



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



        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.