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Old 04-18-2015, 10:28 PM
 
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A briefcase would be just begging to have someone snatch it and run.
Briefcase theft is clearly in epidemic in your area.
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:32 PM
 
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I would not do that. I feel like the combonation of the backpack, shirt and suit jacket would make my back sweat which would be nasty. Better to stick with a briefcase/laptop case or rolling bag.
A rolling bag on a city street?
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Old 04-18-2015, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I'm over 50 and would use a backpack if I commuted on public transport and had to walk part of the way. I drive now so a tote back is fine but being comfortable and not hurting my back is a lot more important than someone thinking it looks bad or I'm too old to use one. I would not use it for a meeting, but I keep a nice leather portfolio pad in my office to use then.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Clown School
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Briefcase theft is clearly in epidemic in your area.
Are you kidding or are you actually that naive? People get things snatched from them all the time. I live and work in a major city, not in Grannysville, Idaho.
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Old 04-19-2015, 01:22 PM
 
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I teased my husband ALL of the time about his backpack. I would say, "you're going toddler style huh?" I thought it looked so funny for an adult man who is obviously not in school or just out of school to wear a backpack. But when I accompanied him to DC just a few weeks ago for a business trip, all I saw on the train were grown up men with backpacks.

All of a sudden it looked cool to me and I now want a backpack!! LOL .
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:46 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I teased my husband ALL of the time about his backpack. I would say, "you're going toddler style huh?" I thought it looked so funny for an adult man who is obviously not in school or just out of school to wear a backpack. But when I accompanied him to DC just a few weeks ago for a business trip, all I saw on the train were grown up men with backpacks.

All of a sudden it looked cool to me and I now want a backpack!! LOL .
This week i caved after a long week of toting my laptop. I got the black/white polka dot version of this one: Post Backpack | Mid-Volume | Herschel Supply Co USA
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:33 PM
 
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This week i caved after a long week of toting my laptop. I got the black/white polka dot version of this one: Post Backpack | Mid-Volume | Herschel Supply Co USA
That's nice looking. Surprisingly there were Herschel Supply bags at Ross of all places. Not the big cool backpacks but more like the sleeves.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Since Ive been in D.C. I have only seen one man with a suitcase going to work, every other man seems to have a outdoor or college-type backpack essentially filled to the brim with whatever is in there. It looks weird and informal to me, I guess suitcases died a long time ago? Is this in other areas too?
This is pretty common in DC, also you will see people of both sexes in rather formal clothing but wearing jogging shoes. You may be able to see their more formal shoes, but they have them in the pack if they are not carrying them.

Reason is people usually have a fair walk as part of their commute in DC.

Probably you see it anywhere people walk as part of their commute, but I have only noticed it in DC.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:44 AM
 
Location: New Mexico via Ohio via Indiana
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As we multitask more and more, and a trip to work now becomes a trip to work/lunch/gym/club/meeting/dinner/night out, a backpack is way practical, especially if taking public transportation.
But man does it look silly. There's got to be a better way!
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Old 04-22-2015, 09:22 AM
 
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I am one of those women with a power suit and a backpack. My backpack is military grade designed to carry heavy weaponry since that's about the only thing that would hold all my heavy load. It's not pretty, but it's functional, and most important of all, it's easier on my poor back.

If you spend time in NYC, you'll see a lot of women and men wearing their suits with sneakers on the subways. Same idea. Comfort over beauty. Or the way I call it, common sense.
I work in the financial district in NYC and I would say less than 1% of the people here carry a briefcase. Women carry huge purses or backpacks. Most men use backpacks, messenger bags, or gym bags.

Of everyone I've interviewed, no on has brought a briefcase. Many have brought backpacks. It does not affect the interview in any way.

It is no longer 1930's. It seems it's the people that don't work in such a environments that thinks everyone shows up in a three piece suit , pocket watch, shiny shoes, and leather briefcase.
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