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Whether you’re taking a business trip for a couple of days or spending the weekend somewhere with friends, a versatile weekender bag is something every man should own.  It’s time to get rid of your nylon duffel bag and invest in a versatile, yet stylish, weekender that can be thrown in and out of the trunk, pass through airport security, and still look good.

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Weekender bags today are all about the accents and color contrast. More often than not, the color of the bag is different than the color of the handles and straps supporting it.  Stick with your solid and neutral colors for this purchase since (I’m assuming) you don’t go weekender bag shopping every month.  You want a color and fabric that will go with a variety of outfits and ages well.

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If you want a traditional or classic look, stick to your dark and cognac brown leather bags since these will pick up minor nicks and scratches through the years and will look even nicer when in 5 years when broken in.  If you’re going for a sportier look, consider thick and durable canvas weekenders, done especially well by Jack Spade.

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A quick tip on how to pack a weekender bag. A weekender is not a suitcase – - take what you need and streamline your outfits.  Take key items you can dress up or dress down, making an extra effort not to over pack…I for one always manage to miss that mark. Enjoy the weekend!