Technology, and more importantly mobile technology, are having an increasing impact on the day to day life of the modern male. Leaving the house without a mobile phone, iPad, laptop and the like is today’s equivalent of forgetting to wear a pair of shoes; while you may just about make it through the day, it’s certainly going to make it a little more difficult.
Being able to work on the commute has become an expected necessity and keeping the entirety of your working life on your smart phone or tablet of choice is definitely not unheard of. The absolute reliance we now have on these devices to see us through the day (some would say it’s on par with eating and drinking) now means that keeping them safe, and not to forget stylish, is essential.
So today, I am going to be showcasing some of THE most stylish protection on the market for both your mobile phone and iPad, as well as giving you some buying tips so you know what to look out for. You may just be surprised at the choice of designer covers and cases you can find these days.
First let’s start with some tips when it comes to purchasing your new fashion must have.
At the turn of the century a man bag would more often than not be met with a snide comment or sneer, thankfully the realm of man has evolved since then and embraced fashion and lifestyle on a wider scale. The man bag is no longer an outward show of metro-sexuality, nor is it ostracised by the masses; in fact, it has grown into an everyday essential.
A sturdy man bag is vital for transporting your laptop or tablet as well as your everyday effects. And in doing so it combats those unsightly bulging pockets, which do nothing but break up the clean, slim lines you have worked so hard to create.
Choosing your man bag is no longer a straight choice between, well a canvas satchel and its leather equivalent. Holdalls especially have become much more prevalent due to the ever expanding list of essentials we need with us on a daily basis, and the backpack has certainly made some trend waves this season. On top of this, it has become much more common to invest heavily in a top quality bag from a luxury brand which will last a lifetime – it’s not just women who are lusting after a Mulberry these days.
We have hinted towards it a couple of times on site over the past few weeks, but the tote has become THE trend bag of choice for the foreseeable future. They were prevalent within the runway previews for this spring/summer, whilst they have also been seen on the runways for both autumn/winter 2011 and now spring/summer 2012.
We can understand the appeal, as by their very nature it is easy to just drop in (or get out) important documents, your laptop and other essentials quickly whilst on the move – perfect when on the morning or evening commute in rush hour. They come in a variety of styles, fabrics and prints, although if you would like a timeless piece then opt for leather or hard wearing canvas (perhaps with leather trim or handles) in your neutral colours.
We must make you aware that in the past, the tote (or shopper) was usually an ‘open bag’, meaning that the main compartment did not have a zip. If you are looking for security and protection then we recommend checking out the new style totes which incorporate a zip closure; much better for work, whilst the open style has always been the holiday bag of choice.
Finally, there is just something much more sophisticated about the tote bag; holding it down by your side using the handles looks chic (rather than slung over your shoulder), and also makes the bag become more of a statement piece – a true 21st Century fashion accessory for the modern male.
The hustle and bustle of modern life is a dangerous environment for your cherished machines and valuables. Ensuring they stay protected is crucial considering how much importance we place on them; I know that if I was to drop my laptop this very second I would be a little peeved and totally lost.
Function is not the only merit to consider when purchasing a new case. When carried, treat your iPad or laptop as an additional accessory and aim to have it compliment your look in some way or another.
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