There is a saying…”Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” While many young professionals fresh out of college know this (understanding the importance of investing in their professional attire) there are still those who some how fail to translate it into what they carry.
This gentleman clearly on his commute to or from work seems well put together but something is out of place…
The answer is the juvenile backpack he uses to carry his personals too and from work. From a purely practical perspective it may seem to make sense, leaving both hands free, less fatigue if carrying much, etc. But it will leave his suit wrinkled and from an image perspective it leaves him looking like he is on a field trip, an intern or generally out of his league.
The appropriate next step from the backpack would be to the briefcase or messenger bag. For those who don’t have to carry anything to0 heavy to the office, i.e., a laptop, a briefcase would be the best option. Small, practical and professional.
I included messenger bags because there are those that need to travel with a laptop or simply a bit more. While with a messenger bag you can still wrinkle your suit when wearing it on your shoulder it will be more comfortable with heavier loads and still afford you with a professional demeanor.
For higher end briefcases and messenger bags I like both Bosca and Tumi. While many young professionals may find these out of their range they could be used as guides of what styles of bags will serve them well in all facets.
*Note: It is not like me to use pictures of celebrities in my posts but I chose the one above of actor Ryan Reynolds because I felt it was a successful depiction for this topic.