In the early turn of the century, streetwear and workwear were distinctively separated by Wall Street workers and teenage hangouts. The ’80s power shoulder regressed into clean tailoring and sneakers were strictly made for the street and where baggage was concerned (the, ahem, good kind) briefcases and backpacks were largely the only offering of men’s accessories. However, since the ’10s emergence of social media, subcultures and a greater community of worldwide creatives has welcomed a merge of the two worlds to combine for a new era of ‘streetwear’. With it, the stigma surrounding the ‘man bag’ has been abolished.
Recent years has seen the rebirth of the bum bag and chest pack before micro styles – namely from the likes of Jacquemus and A COLD WALL* – appeared in 2019. Now for the turn of the decade, the side bag many women have a loved and worn for years have appeared on the arms of male fashion week guests and within the forthcoming menswear collections. Dior is among the houses to introduce the trend seamlessly into Fall/Winer 2020 with archival renditions of the iconic saddle bag – a more square iteration has been introduced in addition to the original style – while classic envelope and pouch looks have also made an appearance.
With a nod to the ’90s hip hop era, thick gold chains and chunky rings make up the jewellery offering for Dior FW/2020, with a card holder and chain also reminiscent to the side bag trend. And if you really want to flex that designer prowess, the newly-released collection also features a bottle and bottle holder with the ability to be attached to a belt or bag.
The key to giving the piece street appeal is all in the styling. Worn cross body allows for hands free movement and is reminiscent to the bumbag and held by a shortened strap gives a cool approach. Unlike the micro bag, the look boasts more room with additional pockets giving relief to the neat freak. Style with relaxed tailoring and sneakers, or basic kit essential to really make a statement drawn from the side bag.
The only question left is, which side will you take?
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