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post #16 of 72
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Guys no need to be harsh, I am smarter than a couple of minutes ago , it's just I wanted to save a bit of my back, since some days involve sitting in front of the computer for 10+ hours , and a briefcase is not really the most comfortable thing to carry. I admit that I've never looked for any pictures of a backpack with a suit, and it indeed looks funny so I understand your response to this thread
post #17 of 72
Don't do it. Backpack with suit is like wearing sneakers with a tuxedo. Just does not fit.
post #18 of 72
I recently graduated from my undergrad and saw a lot of this going on. Students who had a meeting at night or interview in between classes would wear their backpack with their suits. Looks like shit. Don't do it unless you are still in high school or college where no one cares
post #19 of 72
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Originally Posted by AlexE View Post
Don't do it. Backpack with suit is like wearing sneakers with a tuxedo. Just does not fit.




Changed your mind huh?
post #20 of 72
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Originally Posted by cufflinked View Post
Guys no need to be harsh, I am smarter than a couple of minutes ago , it's just I wanted to save a bit of my back, since some days involve sitting in front of the computer for 10+ hours , and a briefcase is not really the most comfortable thing to carry.

I admit that I've never looked for any pictures of a backpack with a suit, and it indeed looks funny so I understand your response to this thread

I thought you said you had a back problem?

If you want to 'save a bit of your back', set your chair so that it supports your back. Go for an occasional walk and go to the gym, because it will strengthen your core.

If you're happy being comfortable but looking like a fool, go ahead. Pigs are comfortable rolling around in muck but that doesn't make it correct. Unless you're happy being a pig.

Just get a briefcase.
post #21 of 72
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Changed your mind huh?

I don't see a tuxedo.
post #22 of 72
If there is really a back problem you have to be careful with, look at this kind of wheeled case:

http://www.korchmar.com/index.php?le...il&item_id=123
post #23 of 72
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it's just I wanted to save a bit of my back, since some days involve sitting in front of the computer for 10+ hours

It's off-topic but like you I have back problems (lower) and I sit at a desk in front of a computer for at least 9 hours a day. If I can suggest anything, look up ergonomic resources on the web and properly set up your chair, desk and computer. It makes a difference.
post #24 of 72
As it seems we can't talk you out of getting a backpack (suit and backpack is a little like wearing bowtie and sweatpants - it's more or less impossible to pull off), I'll try and be a bit more constructive.

I believe it needs to be nice quality leather without too much stuff going on in front (pockets etc.) Visible zippers are also undesirable. To be honest, I haven't really seen one that I think would work (however, I haven't really been looking).

Anyway, Saddleback makes one, but it might look a little on the rough side.


You could also try and pull off the Palmer and Sons backpack



The brown one here also looks quite nice, but I have no idea what brand it is: http://hubpages.com/hub/-Leather-Backpack
post #25 of 72
This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.
post #26 of 72
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Originally Posted by JakeLA View Post
This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

post #27 of 72
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Originally Posted by JakeLA View Post
This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

Don't be ridiculous. Backpacks and suits do not belong together.
post #28 of 72
OP, two years ago I had the same problem. I worked full time, often wearing a suit, but then would go to night school four days a week, taking well over twenty pounds of books/laptop/etc for a 5-hr round trip commute that involved a car, a train, and a decent amount of walking. Sometimes I could change, but often just went in my suit. I couldn't really deal with taking a backpack to work -- I would feel that was very inappropriate. In the end, and after quite a lot of research, I bought a Saddleback Briefcase, as some have suggested. The Saddleback is nearly unique in that it (very) quickly converts from a suit-appropriate messenger-style briefcase to a backpack. Thus, it served both roles -- in the morning, I walked into work with a messenger, but anytime away from work when I wanted to spare my arms, I converted it to a backpack. The Saddleback posted above is their non-convertible pure backpack, not the convertible briefcase I use. See this link: http://www.saddlebackleather.com/130-briefcase-category I use a Medium Classic Briefcase in Chestnut color, and want to soon get a Carbon Black Thin Briefcase for professional use after I am done with school. Your choice will depend on how much you need to carry. I find that the non-black colors are the best at showing off the nice leather, but will not steer you away from black: the other colors develop patina from wear, which many (including me) like, but the black will be the easiest to keep looking fresh. Saddlebacks are built like tanks -- mine has put up with constant abuse in the last two years, and I have no doubts it will continue to serve me as long as I need it to. It really has become one of those 'trusted companion' pieces of gear. I posted a review of my Saddleback in this thread: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=140246 Since ImageShack has decided to stop allowing SF to view images, but if you copy and past these links into NEW browser windows you can see them: http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/9194/97342916.jpg http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/8228/p1010537h.jpg http://img44.imageshack.us/img44/4417/79694202.jpg ~ H
post #29 of 72
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Originally Posted by JakeLA View Post
This forum is full of insecure salesmen who labor under the fantasy that carrying a briefcase makes them look important. It doesn't. Nobody cares how you transport your stuff to work. If a backpack is the only thing that works with your back, then use a backpack. There are specific brands mde for people with back problems, I'd try one of those.

I don't think anyone is saying that carrying a briefcase makes you look important; they are saying that wearing a backpack with a suit makes you look very unimportant and rather clueless. They are correct.
post #30 of 72
^ +1.
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