Owning a Man Purse


May 19, 2010 – There’s this one time, as I was impatiently waiting for my friend to arrive for our rendezvous I noticed this guy with a gorgeous GUCCI purse. It was love at first sight between me and the purse.

So gorgeous was it that I automatically assumed he was holding it for his girlfriend who had perhaps stepped out.

Several minutes later, none of our dates had showed up and I noticed something a bit off. The guy kept unzipping the purse and pulling random stuff out of it.

First it was lip balm, then chewing gum, then an Ipad (oh yes I had been staring because that purse was to die for)…then OMG! It finally hit me. That was his purse! His man purse! His MURSE!

It turned out, my wait mate is one of those metrosexual brothers who obviously don’t fancy seeing guy’s pants pockets bulging out of their seams with their entire household.

The murse/man purse/bag, is a highly debated fashion accessory. Someone did mention in my last fashion article that in fashion there are no definite no nos. Your attitude can make anything work.

It is a comment I agree with fully, so I will analyse this fashion accessory cautiously.

I understand that man bags/purses are very useful accessories. They help with organisation and with ones appearance. By appearance I mean not looking like you acquired hips or a huge derriere overnight because of the amount of stuff forced in the back and side pockets of your pants.


If indeed you need a man bag, there are a couple of things you ought to know before investing in one:

*Use it to carry small gadgets that you will need throughout the day…these are things like your wallet, keys, cell phones, tissue, breath mints or gum, papers, pen, hankie, cigarettes or lighter, and sunglasses among other things.

!!!At no point should one carry a change of underwear or a tooth brush (these are things you would expect to find in a woman’s bag).

*Its use should be justified. Do not just get a man purse to replace your wallet. You should get one because you need it to carry very important stuff around that you will need during the day.

*Size really matters. Let its size be between a woman’s handbag and a briefcase. It should be substantial in size for its use.

There are those man purses that are very tiny and look like women’s evening clutch bags. Since they are too small and look too feminine, stay away from these. I’m sure that because of their size, their content could easily fit in your pockets.

Check out Terrence Howard, Christiano Ronaldo and Bow wow’s picture below and see how wrong they could make you look!


*Let it either be sporty or business-like but it should be plain either way. No unnecessary detail.

Really fancy ones with fancy colours and many compartments are not necessary. Leave these to the women.

* Ideal man bags should look like a mini-messenger bag and should be square, rectangular or have a shoulder strap. Those without the shoulder strap should still be larger than a woman’s purse and should have that mini briefcase look.

One guy I know actually swears by his man purse and will never leave it behind! Without it he says he’d be lost. It contains his life…err gadgets.

Then there are those that insist that no guy should need or carry so many things in a day, therefore man purses for them are a no no!

Anyway, one of the definitions in the urban dictionary defines the man purse as: An over the shoulder bag worn by men who live in the more urbanised areas. Not all that popular because the holder of the bag will most certainly be picked on, whispered about or deemed as gay…

Oh well, ultimately it is your choice, your money and your reputation at stake.

…I got over my waiting mate’s beautiful GUCCI man purse shortly after I got a thorough look at it because it was well…a CUGGI! Tacky, tacky… So if you really have to have one, at least invest in an original murse. It should either be made of Nylon or Matte.

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