Not so long ago, wearing a “man’s bag” was considered such a garish fashion choice that poking fun at Joey while wearing one was the entire plot of an episode of Friends. However, the universal appreciation of bags in menswear that has since taken place makes that dark period a distant memory.
Now, leaving home without luggage, whether it’s a tote, backpack, or shoulder bag, feels like something is missing.
Of all the options, shoulder bags are our favorite bags at the moment. Saving pocket space by investing in a crossbody bag is as much a practical choice as it is a stylistic one, saving you from squeezing everything into your jeans and adding the finishing touch to a look. Pick the right shoulder bag and you can elevate an outfit to a whole new level, especially for the upcoming spring season.
From expertly crafted leather styles from luxury houses like Maison Margiela to side bags that have become a streetwear staple, we’ve rounded up the best shoulder bags for men. Whether traveling, going to a festival or just for a daily stroll, these accessories are about to make transporting your belongings much easier and more stylish.
Scroll down for our favorite shoulder bags:
HISTORY manufacturer. storage bag
As we’d expect with any piece from STORY mfg., this bag is made using a natural dye process and is hand crocheted with organic cotton. Knowing what goes into the making of each of the brand’s pieces makes you appreciate it for more than its stylistic pros.
Bottega Veneta Mini Cassette Bag
Bottega Veneta’s know-how is undisputed when it comes to working leather, this piece is made of intreccio woven grained lambskin.
Porter-Yoshida & Co. Tanker Clip Shoulder Bag
Specialist bag brand Porter Yoshida & Co. knows a thing or two about what makes a good shoulder bag, they’ve been in the luggage game since 1935 after all. The Clip shoulder bag is part of the brand’s Tanker series which uses a three-layer fabric adopted by the US Air Force for its flight jackets and dates back to the 80s.
Highsnobiety Small Tote
Creating a mini version of our tote bags, this little companion transforms into a shoulder bag thanks to its adjustable shoulder strap.
Marni Tribeca shoulder bag
The shiny PVC fabric and blue and brown color-block design will make this shoulder bag stand out from the rest in your collection.
Acne Studios shoulder bag
Made from recycled polyester, this compact bag comes with all the pockets and pouches you’ll need to carry your daily essentials.
JW Anderson Chain Wand Anchor Bag
Completely in brown leather with gold hardware, this baguette bag is a quiet flex to finish off your fit.
and Wander Waterproof Bag
No risk of your belongings getting wet with this bag from the Japanese outdoor label and Wander.
Maison Margiela Glam Slam Bag
Not only does this design have a distinctive quilted look, it is also luxurious as it is made from supple sheepskin leather, with a calfskin lining.
Loewe Puzzle Mini Leather
The missing piece to the puzzle that is an outfit, carry this large leather crossbody bag over your shoulder to complete any look.
Dior Ingot 22 bag
Luxe bags and monogram prints go together like a horse and a carriage, this one takes Dior’s Oblique jacquard and adds it to the black grained calfskin body of this shoulder bag.
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