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A nice backpack with a suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cufflinked, May 1, 2011.

  1. Axel Ferguson

    Axel Ferguson Well-Known Member

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    I always get pilling on the lower back of my shirts after wearing a back pack with them a couple of times. I'm not sure if the same will happen with a suit jacket, but it's definitely something to avoid.
     
  2. refinery

    refinery Well-Known Member

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    How is sporting a messenger bag (satchel to be more specific)?

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    This isn't mine, but one of the top images from Google. It looks similar, not identical. Also the strap isn't leather, which makes it look more casual unfortunately. It's not a match made in heaven with suits, but I was wondering what the general consensus is.
     
  3. braised

    braised Well-Known Member

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    No. Just, no.

    It does not, will not, can never, look acceptable.

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    Very true - so if you do it, get a cool looking back pack, something technical and sporty to "clash". If its "wrong" then do it aggressively.

    When I travel to Europe on business, I often take a backpack - an older Kelty Blanca 2000.

    B
     
  4. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Well-Known Member

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    I am in my 20's and am generally clueless but I agree that a backpack is not good... but, I will also say that I have worn a backpack ([​IMG]) that is kind of boring/sporty (looks like this one) and I think no one really cares. This is just for getting around a conference when I also had to carry around another bag in my hands. I think that if you get a backpack, it's not so bad if you don't take it so seriously, such as the Saddleback bags which I think are a bad clash.

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    (I agree with braised in his post above, this is just another take on the same idea I think)
     
  5. UrbanAesthetics

    UrbanAesthetics Well-Known Member

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    One of the worst looks for men. Find yourself a briefcase or a even a rucksack would be a more sophisticated option than a backpacks...
     
  6. Renton

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    I'd try experimental back surgery before I ever wore a backpack with a suit.

    Can you not hire a man-servant to carry your briefcase for you?


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  7. patrickBOOTH

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    Personally I am anti anything hanging from my shoulder while wearing a suit. Not only does it put unnecessary wear on the suit it just doesn't look professional regardless of how "dressy" the bag may be. I carry my brief in one hand and coffee in the other. When it rains I get irritated and fumble around a lot with an umbrella. [​IMG]
     
  8. cufflinked

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    Thanks for all the constructive comments. Well, I definitely gave up the idea of the combination suit+backpack [​IMG]

    They definitely do not go together (sorry, didn't see any pics before), and I must admit that this thread was not the best idea to start on SF as a new member [​IMG]

    I'll settle with my current briefcase and messenger bag. I like most of the proposed solutions; I'll bookmark them for the future.
     
  9. TRINI

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    [​IMG]

    I fully expect these dudes to put straps on a fucking steamer trunk next.
     
  10. JLibourel

    JLibourel Well-Known Member

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    One of the worst looks for men. Find yourself a briefcase or a even a rucksack would be a more sophisticated option than a backpacks...
    I thought "rucksack" and "backpack" were pretty much synonymous. Whatever you call it, it looks like holy hell with a suit or sport coat and is injurious to the garment. Out of curiosity, when did backpacks become standard issue for students? In my day, they were strictly for the mountains. Methinks the practice of students lugging their books around in backpacks may have come into vogue with the Earth Day/Whole Earth Catalog sensibility of the early '70s.
     
  11. Douglas

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    They definitely do not go together (sorry, didn't see any pics before), and I must admit that this thread was not the best idea to start on SF as a new member [​IMG]

    it's ok. you'll be indoctrinated before you know it. one day you're going to look back at this thread and cringe, and then wonder where the three years went and how the hell you've found 8,000 things to post.
     
  12. TRINI

    TRINI Well-Known Member

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    Out of curiosity, when did backpacks become standard issue for students? In my day, they were strictly for the mountains. Methinks the practice of students lugging their books around in backpacks may have come into vogue with the Earth Day/Whole Earth Catalog sensibility of the early '70s.

    What did you guys carry your books around in? Or did you have them held together with a leather belt?
     
  13. either/or

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    [...] one day you're going to look back at this thread and cringe, and then wonder where the three years went and how the hell you've found 8,000 things to post.

    -now I like your avatar even better.
     
  14. TRINI

    TRINI Well-Known Member

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    Not to mention really annoying on a crowded subway.

    People who wear backpacks on public transit should be dragged outside and shot.
     
  15. patrickBOOTH

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    People who wear backpacks on public transit should be dragged outside and shot.

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  16. Huntsman

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    People who wear backpacks on public transit should be dragged outside and shot.
    I do all the time. But then again, I don't turn suddenly or forget that there is a giant thing on my back. So what I think you mean is that people who are clueless and discourteous regarding the things they are carrying should be dragged outside and shot. Capiche?
    I thought "rucksack" and "backpack" were pretty much synonymous. Whatever you call it, it looks like holy hell with a suit or sport coat and is injurious to the garment. Out of curiosity, when did backpacks become standard issue for students? In my day, they were strictly for the mountains. Methinks the practice of students lugging their books around in backpacks may have come into vogue with the Earth Day/Whole Earth Catalog sensibility of the early '70s.
    We carry more books, I presume, Jan. This semester, I am carrying two casebooks and one statutory supplement. Each is just as thick is your average telephone book, and around 2/3 the size of its plan dimensions. Also, I carry a 1/2" three ring binder, and my little netbook, which is about the smallest laptop you can buy. I really don't know how else I could carry all of that (though, 9/10 I am carrying it in my backpack as a briefcase). ~H
     
  17. Troilus

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    Josh Leyman did it in West Wing. Of course, I think it was one of Aaron Sorkin's devices intended to make the non-Rob Lowe characters appear more disheveled.

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  18. NewYorkBuck

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    Aside from the appearance of it, I would never subject the shoulder(s) of a good suit to any type of strap. They are the most important part of the suit regarding fit, and the hardest to fix if something is screwed up.

    Further, I agree with the posters above who talk about the rudeness of wearing a backpack on a crowded subway.....
     
  19. legeartis

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    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.
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    You could also try and pull off the Palmer and Sons backpack [​IMG]
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    The brown one here also looks quite nice, but I have no idea what brand it is: http://hubpages.com/hub/-Leather-Backpack


    Here's another one (from customhide)... Just for the record: I still haven't seen anyone pull it off....
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    http://www.customhide.com/classic_laptop_backpack.html
     
  20. duration

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