When men first began carrying bags that were traditionally worn by women people laughed- they laughed loud and they laughed hard. But with some of manliest men and top style gurus strutting . . . I mean walking around with these bags you have to ask yourself- is it really THAT bad? Some people think that the "man-bag" portrays 1 of 2 things: you're self-absorbed or you like men. I'm thinking that stigma is changing. The list of of men who rock "murses" grows everyday: Pharrell, David Beckham, Lupe Fiasco, Tom Brady, Seal, Kanye West, Ryan Reynolds, and Terrence Howard just to name a few.
“Don’t call it a murse,” says PHARRELL, pulling out his second look from the gargantuan purple croc HERMES tote, which he has accessorized with another JACOB key chain, this one covered in yellow diamonds to match the bag’s gold hard-ware.
“It’s not a man purse. It’s my travel bag.”
PHARRELL says style is… "about who you are, where you’re going, what’s comfortable…It’s your attitude that makes it hot.”
“It’s not that I’m necessarily proud of being a nerd,” says PHARRELL. “It’s who I am.”
he's so proud!
I think he's an advocate for the murses, he'll probably start a non-profit in support of men carrying bags that look like purses. . . (I'm just playin')
So how do you feel about murses & man-bags?
Gucci Spring 2009
As I watched the show, eager to report the best outfits, I became disappointed. I felt like the male stars dressed to go to the mall rather than an award show- everyone was so extra-ordinarily regular! Though the immense-style that I had hoped to see was absent, there were still a decent amount of men who managed to “clean-up nicely.”
John Legend, David Banner, Eric Benet, and Kirk Franklin were among the best dress:
-brown/khaki colored suits
-black high-top sneakers
-white pocket squares
-brown Gucci shades
hmmm, maybe it’s just the way he’s posing
Andre Benjamin can often be found looking Morehouse Fresh, showing that you don’t have to attend Morehouse to dress the part. His new fashion line, Benjamin Bixby, is perfectly Morehouse Fresh. Check out some of his pieces:
Wanna be Morehouse Fresh?
Well, the best way to get the look is to make sure you own 2 or more of these items:
– unique classic blazer (ex. brown jacket w/ navy elbow patches)
– vest (button and sweater)
– bow-tie or classic-colored tie
– quality oxford shoes
– a designer accessory (Armani shades, Gucci belt, LV computer case, etc)
– glasses (they can be fake. . . you can get some from Urban Outfitters, this is optional)
– Ralph Lauren
– Brooks Brothers
– Heritage 1981
– High-End Thrift Stores
(these can easily be dresses up or down)
*Note that not all Morehouse men dress “Morehouse Fresh”