In a world where everything appears to be moving with the speed of sound, the image of men is constantly evolving, breaking boundaries, embracing a daring attitude and as of lately, inevitable borrowing elements from the ladies. In terms of bags things are no longer that uncomplicated, as the choice of looking sharp, polished and relevant at the same time, requires far more than a sturdy backpack or a commuter bag picked out randomly in order for a guy’s look to be considered complete.
The spring 2013 fashion trends introduced the folios for men as a refined and significantly fashionable alternative, with power houses like Burberry Prorsum, Valentino, Jil Sander and Costume National advocating for the men’s clutch bag this season. Envisioned to suit any occasion, the men’s folios are being kept masculine and on point, being available in a large spectrum of fabrics and designs.
Folios for men: key designs for spring
With the offer so diversified and with this season’s key designs sure to match any given aesthetic, the folios for men should already be perceived as more than just a rising trend and additionally as a manly statement, made in perfect agreement with the modern times we are living. From businesses, to doctors, from bloggers to lawyers and from models to super stars, everyone could wear it with ease.
Folio for men on the runway at Valentino S/S ’13 men’s
Metallic clutches for men
For a fearless approach, you can now complement your look with a touch of metallic shine. Ideal for carrying a phone, an IPad or a slim tablet, metallic accessories with embossed alligator finish are capable of turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Dipped in a correspondingly vibrant color palette, don’t fear to go bold and do pick shades like turquoise, cobalt, yellow or fuchsia.
Metallic folio for men on the runway at Burberry Prorsum S/S ’13 men’s
Lather zipped folios with studded details
For an edgy but considerable moderate approach on the trend, opt for a leather zipped folio for men, enriched with studded detailing. Choose black for a timeless effect and carry your laptop or your work documents in style this season. That way you can easily look fashionable, powerful and highly masculine.
Leather folio for men on the runway at Costume National S/S ’13 men’s
Smooth leather documents holder
The name says it all, the design is made effortlessly masculine and classic, and the result appears uniquely refined. These types of men’s folios represent the best alternatives for the work environments as they look polished and they can hide up to six internal compartments. The contrasting trim and the zip closure assure a modern feel for the elegant men’s clutch that provides a suit with the ideal accessory.
Smooth leather folio for men on the runway at Jil Sander S/S ’13 men’s
Multi-colour stripe travel case
Aside from sporting them at work, for business meetings or while wondering through the city, this season the folios for men are also envisioned as an extra bag for your holidays. Seek them in a slightly larger size and in a colorful fabric (stripes work wonderfully). Due to the leather trim, the men’s clutch makes for a great alternative for a fun night out.
Multi-colour folio for men on the runway at Gucci S/S ’13 men’s
Fold over clutches for men
If any of the above mentioned examples don’t seem to be working for you, maybe a men’s equivalent of the fold over leather clutch will fit right into your wardrobe. Coming across as bold and powerful, the leather folio for men can easily accent anything in between a sporty aesthetic or an utterly sophisticated one. Sport the design as a double take on the clutch trend and style it according to your own personality.
Fold-over leather folio for men on the runway at Costume National S/S ’13 men’s
Folio clutches for men: how to wear them this spring
If you’re still undecided about the way a men’s clutch would look or work with your current style, if it would still be masculine enough or come across as a rather bold accent, here’s how to make the most of the trend for spring. Remember to always make it your own and sport it with confidence:
- For work hours carry your clutch with a smart suit, a white shirt and top the look with a classic trench coat
- For your spring and summer city adventures pair the clutch to printed shorts and shirts, styling the looks with sandals and cool sunglasses
- At night, team the clutch with perfectly tailored pants, relaxed blazers, prints and warm colors
Folios for men on the runway at Jil Sander S/S ’13 men’s, Burberry Prorsum S/S ’13 men’s and Z Zegna S/S ’13 men’s
- If you’re style is edgy and unconventional wear the clutch with all-black outfits built along relaxed silhouettes; for more of a tough look throw some leather and studs into the mix
- If you long to appear elegant and sophisticated in a less restrictive way, wear the clutch with tailored trousers, white button-downs and luxe jackets
- If you’re aesthetic is playful and fun, mix the clutch with clashing prints, relaxed silhouettes and a complementary laid-back attitude
Folios for men on the runway at Costume National S/S ’13 men’s, Valentino S/S ’13 men’s and Louis Vuitton S/S ’13 men’s
Men’s folios: spring and summer picks
When picking a folio for spring and summer think in terms of how will it fit in your seasonal wardrobe. Pick prints for a whimsical take on the trend, and stick with leather for a timeless approach that will even help you transition into fall and winter. Go for bold colors if you’re using the clutch as a statement or choose neutrals for a classic rendition. Here’s what we have in mind this season:
From left to right and from top to bottom: Balenciaga – Creased Leather Pouch; Marc by Marc Jacobs – Brand Embossed Leather Clutch; Quamta – Envelope Clutch; Pierre Hardy – Printed Cotton-Canvas Pouch;