This faux-leather backpack from Forever 21 Men is a fantastic alternative to the typical GIANT North Faces of school-years past. The leather-like texture gives the bag a grown-up feel while still keeping the “straight man” aesthetic that many shoulder bags can stray from. (Not that we don’t love dressing gay men but frankly, the straighties need our help more). This bag can take you from the office to a night over at that “special someone’s” apt. in the blink of an eye. It’s a carry-all for the man that has everything, and after this blog post, many more of you will have everything (hopefully).
Take it from a woman’s perspective, one HUGE turn off (that many men are guilty of )is having a horribly old, beat-up, overstuffed wallet. Since we are living in the age of plastic, how about you agree to only carry cash when you absolutely need to and ditch to grody old wallet for this super-sleek alternative. This card case from Rugby Ralph Lauren (my alma-mater of sorts) will fit easily into your jeans without leaving a giant bump on your ass. It’s probably also more comfortable to sit on as well as easier to keep neat & clean (bi-winning).
Ok, so this pick might be out of the price range of our male viewers but it is SO worth saving up for. Seriously, if I saw a guy wearing this from across a bar I would immediately check him out. This is the Movado for the non-douche-bag that wants a good timepiece but, doesn’t feel the need to buy one that flaunts his status (hello, overcompensation). It’s masculine, it’s casual, yet it could be appropriate for work (with the right pairings); it’s everything that a men’s watch should ever hope to be. There’s nothing in the world that I hate more than a man with ‘bling’ and this is just about as far away from ‘bling’ as humanly possible.
Clearly, I have a thing for guys in brown leather (yet another obsession that I’ll have to go over with my future therapist). What I hope that you can take from this post is that it doesn’t have to be hard to make an outfit. There is a clear difference between being outfitted and wearing a bunch of random clothes and adult men should always be outfitted. You don’t have to be strutting around looking like John Galliano; just strive to be a better man-cessorized version of yourself.