Street-style trend: Bags for men

From the crossbody to the clutch, belt-bag to messenger, these are the latest in men’s micro-bags – straight from our London Fashion Week street-style gallery

Man bags, murses, wearable wallets… call them what you will, these small wonders have gone from almost taboo to totally on trend. Designed for urban life, they were everywhere on recent runways, with celebrities from David Beckham to Ryan Gosling quick to muscle in on the action. If you’re yet to discover the joy of going hands free, follow our guide to rocking this stylish essential.

The belt bag

For those making their first dive into this most practical of trends, this is a classy but non-threatening entry-level offering. Leather keeps it fashionably functional while black is a subtle way to see if this bag style is for you. Sling it over your shoulder like a bandolier and stash your stuff in style.

What to look for: Size matters – and belt bags come in many, from not much bigger than a wallet to those as roomy as a tote. Work out what you want to transport and go from there.

The messenger

Once synonymous with paperboys, the modern messenger bag keeps its utility but adds aesthetic appeal. Tailor it to your style: from statement branding to casual commuter, retro sportswear to luxury leather – well, you get the message.

What to look for: Adjustable straps, buckled fasteners and pockets should all come as standard. Keep the style classic with a fold-over flap or go preppy with the messenger’s second cousin, the satchel.

The statement purse

Defiantly unisex, the pint-sized purse took over fashion week last month, with luxury brands previewing fresh new looks for men. Carried as a clutch or worn crossbody, these are more eye-catching accessories than simple containers for carting stuff.

What to look for: It’s all about the details for spring 2020 with standout buckles, chain-link straps, tassels and fringing adding interest to bright colours and structured shapes. And the smaller the bag, the better.

The spaghetti strap

Guitar straps begone. If there’s one lesson we learned during fashion week it’s that you can never go too skinny. Once the sole jurisdiction of feminine handbags, ultra-thin straps worn confidently crossbody are breathing new life into the man-bag game.

What to look for: Sure, you want to keep all your belongings in check, but be aware that these straps may struggle to shoulder a burden. Leave the luggage at home and opt for heavy-duty materials like leather or braided nylon.