Casual Fridays: Man Bags and Preppy Polos

Our resident stylist Andrew Porter waxes casual on men's and women's must-haves.

Steven Alan Spring Port Tote
Often times, my pockets cannot accommodate all the stuff I have to carry. Some days I have a camera, other days I have my laptop, and sometimes I have too damn much money to carry. What, you think blogging doesn't pay? Point is, every now and then I need to carry a bag. For years I refused the man bag, electing to carry my belongings in a plastic bodega bag or a backpack. Alas, the bodega bag made me look homeless and the backpack made me look twelve. Eventually I caved. This brings me to the Steven Alan spring port tote. It's the perfect bag for those whose pockets just don't do the trick anymore. Offered this season in two amazing colors—bright orange and oversaturated purple—this bag is pretty much perfect.

Marimekko for Converse
If you've read my column at all it should be pretty clear that my mind is thinking "spring." I've had enough of the winter greys—I want to see bright colors and patterns. With that in mind, I present you with a perfect spring sneaker. Finnish textile company Marimekko and Converse have teamed up to make a women's-specific line for spring 2011. Marimekko, established in 1951, pulled some classics out of the vault for this collaboration, bringing three heritage patterns to the classic Converse. These patterns include two bold geometric designs by Annika Rimala from 1963 and 1965, as well as an eye-catching Maija and Kristina Isola design from 1980. The product is a few pairs of great-looking sneakers. The sky may be grey, but at least your feet can scream spring.

Lacoste Polo
Lacoste polos have always been cool. I haven't really worn them for years because every time I tried to put one on, I ended up feeling like a character from a Wes Anderson movie. I can't leave the house with that in mind. But time has passed and I think I'm ready for that feeling to be done. A crisp Lacoste polo buttoned to the top is a good look. They are offered in 32 different colors on the website and that doesn't include prints. There is literally something for everyone. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I'm bringing back sportswear come spring. Next stop: Fred Perry polos. As for Bjorn Borg Fila... Wes Anderson still has a death grip on you. We need more time apart.