To stay up-to-date on trends in menswear, I’ll occasionally flip through the fashion spreads in my husband’s magazines. (It’s helpful knowledge to have when he and I go shopping.) Sometimes I’ll spend a few extra minutes glancing at the articles; they’re often written in a slightly edgy and sarcastic tone that I enjoy.
In a recent issue of GQ, a soon-to-be dad asked The Style Guy, Glenn O’Brien, for stylish yet functional diaper bag recommendations, and he suggested a classic trout bag by the UK bagmaker Brady. Originally designed in 1928 as a fishing bag, the Ariel trout bag is made of waterproof canvas and leather and can be fitted with an optional rubber lining for toting dirty diapers — or for a quick trip the lake, I suppose.
The trout bag is timeless. It’s also iconic. Costume designer Jacqueline West went to Brady when she was dressing Ben Affleck for “Argo,” and Brady created a special edition Westmorland day bag based on their 70s design for Affleck to carry in the film. I actually prefer that version — slightly rugged and vintage inspired — to the more tailored Ariel.
However, neither bag is cheap, and I don’t know too many dads who’d be willing to spend a couple hundred dollars on a bag they’d only occasionally carry. A mom’s diaper bag usually doubles as her purse, so it makes sense to spend a little more money on an accessory that’s always her shoulder. Dads, on the other hand, usually only carry their diaper bags when they’re on solo parenting duty — and how often is that, really?
Personally, I like the sleek and unobtrusive messenger bag style of Skip Hop’s Dash diaper bag in black. It’s what JB carried when Levi was a baby (well, the grey one), and it was just roomy enough for a couple of diapers, a package of wipes, some burp cloths, and toys. I wouldn’t recommend it as a diaper bag/purse for women because of its smaller size, though.
Need a last-minute Father’s Day gift? Why not surprise the daddy in your life with a diaper bag of his very own?