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Old 04-22-2015, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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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.
I'm holding out hope for an Apple Pocketwatch soon!
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:27 PM
 
Location: New Mexico via Ohio via Indiana
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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.
I would hope the shoes were shined, if not shiny. Particularly for interviews.
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Old 04-22-2015, 03:30 PM
 
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Something like this seems like the best option. Your situation may be different if you walk many miles on city streets, but most people park pretty close to their office.

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Old 04-22-2015, 09:02 PM
 
Location: North Shore Long Island
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Something like this seems like the best option. Your situation may be different if you walk many miles on city streets, but most people park pretty close to their office.

You think that looks better than a backpack? They're on the same level in my opinion. My husband used a similar one by Tumi for a while, but it was too cumbersome for travel or even walking the NYC streets.

FWIW, most of the people I know take mass transit to work.
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:58 PM
 
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FWIW, most of the people I know take mass transit to work.
If you live in NYC that tends to happen. 95% of people probably aren't in that situation though.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I have two backpacks that I carry, one is a Tumi leather backpack, and the other is the convertible to roller backpack. I also have a Zero Halliburton backpack that I tend to carry with my attache case or computer case, though they are aluminum to the backpack's fabric. My Tumi convertible roller is one that I take when I travel since it matches luggage, and works well with the wheeled carry-on bag that I use. I have a messenger bag, but I don't like it as much because it does not have the same number of compartments.
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Old 04-23-2015, 07:46 PM
 
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I have a messenger and backpack, and most of the time i opt for the backpack. Its not one of those North Face Hike the Patagonia backpacks, but a simple Jack Spade one.

Foundation Canvas Backpack - JackSpade

I don't wear suits often, but when i do i still use the backpack. I work in Insurance and even in our corporate headquarters backpacks are the norm. I think ill-fitting suits is more of an eyesore than backpacks but thats another story
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Old 04-26-2015, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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It really depends on your field of work (including your specific company's culture), as well as where you live. Fields such as investment banking and legal are more image conscious, and you sometimes want to give off the right look even when you're not at work...i.e. when on a flight, etc. Older companies with "conservative" leadership tend to be more image conscious while younger progressive companies don't care as much about looks...comfort matters more. If you work for a company in the former group, it's a good idea to observe what your colleagues are doing and follow their lead dress-wise. If that means losing the backpack and going with a matching high-end messenger bag, then do that. If that means stick to navy and charcoal-colored suits (i.e. avoid black), then do that. Considering the clients such companies tend to have, projecting the correct image can make the difference between landing that million dollar deal and not getting it. Or getting promoted within the company.

It is true though that once you've "proven" yourself, people generally won't care what you use to carry your stuff. But depending on the field/company, that may not happen until you've been around for years and have ascended way up the corporate ladder.

Other fields such as IT (and companies with younger leadership in general, regardless of industry) are less image conscious. It's 2015, not 1950. Nobody gives a damn if you wear a backpack with a suit...if you wear a suit jacket at all. They're unlikely to spend more than a second or two even thinking about such stuff. Also, the guy early in this thread who suggested to "lose the tie" has a point. Some places will actually frown on people who look too formally-dressed or care too much about what kind of bag they use. They may think you're too stuck-up, condescending, vain or try-hard.

As for briefcases, image-wise they scream "old man stuck in the 1970s". Besides, they're just too impractical these days...functionally, a messenger bag or backpack is more versatile.

It's best to just do what you feel comfortable with (in accordance with company policy, of course) and not care too much about trends. That said, it's wise to still be aware of current social/societal norms and trends (including appearance), as being too ignorant of those may impact your future career goals depending on where you work. I've heard of situations where wearing a suit-n-tie to a job interview may not be well-received by the interviewer(s) and lead to you not getting the job.
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Old 04-28-2015, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I was thinking about this thread when I went to our local Shakespeare Festival last week - about 5000 kids from the city school district participate and are in costume all day. Many of the adults were too - and there were lots and lots of backpacks being worn over formal Elizabethan clothing. Practicality over looks.
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Old 04-30-2015, 05:33 AM
 
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Do you mean a briefcase?

No way would I advise my sons to wear a college backpack with a suit. A leather backpack if you must, but a leather messenger bag would be better than a backpack.
A briefcase or an attache case!
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