How to buy the right bag for teen boys

How to buy the right bag for teen boys

When the time comes for your little darlings to make that big move to high school, it is expensive.  You have to buy a whole new school uniform, shoes and accessories and of course, the all important school bag. When you are forced to wear the same as everyone else on a daily basis, the one thing that you can have to express yourself is your bag.  In this house, that results in a long debate about which bag to choose and as the teen starts high school this year, there has been more discussion than usual.

There seems to be a process.  We can’t just choose and buy a bag for him.  I certainly can’t choose one.  Not if I want him to actually use it of course.

So here are the guidelines for buying the perfect school bag for teen boys.

It has to look good

Nothing too bright.  Nothing that will be mocked or laughed at.  No characters or silly patterns.  It has to look cool.

It has to be one of a handful of ‘acceptable’ brands

My son has become a brand snob.  Up until a couple of years ago, he really wasn’t that bothered about brands but now there are four or five brands that are acceptable and nothing else will do.  11 Degrees, Sik Silk, Kings Will Dream, Gym King are the favourites.  Adidas is a possible.  Hype is so last year.

It has to be pre-approved with his friends

There were a couple of possibilities.  He takes a screen shot of the chosen few and then shares them on Snapchat with his mates.  A serious discussion ensues with much yaying and naying, if another friend wants to buy the same bag, they have the colour chat to avoid duplication.  Finally, the decision is made and we can finally press the buy button.

It doesn’t matter if it isn’t big enough.

It strikes me that once kids move to high school, lockers aren’t always an option and even if they are, a lot of them prefer to carry the whole world quite literally on their shoulders.  So you would assume therefore that they would need a bag that is big enough to fit everything in. Last year it was all about the Hype bag.  I used to sit outside the boy’s middle school playing spot the Hype bag and there was a lot of them. Don’t get me wrong, I can see why there is so much hype about them (pardon the pun) but they aren’t very big. Who cares?  They don’t. They would rather have to carry some of their stuff separately than actually be able to fit everything in the bag.

Absolutely no bargains allowed

These popular brand names come with a not so popular price tag. I always have a quick look around the deepest darkest recesses of the internet in the vain hope of saving a few pounds, but so far this year, my best saving was getting free postage.  If I say the words ‘sale’ or ‘something cheaper’, he goes very pale and shaky at the mere thought.

Expensive bag it is then.

So that is the bag buying process in this house.  If you stick to those rules, you will have a happy teen.  Hopefully.

Buying a school bag for teen boys can be a very tricky process





  1. August 20, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! That is so stressful. I’ve never had this with my kids. I’ve never even heard of those brands, apart from Hype. The Superdry obsession in our house extends to the kids, so they’ve all got a Superdry rucksack. My eldest carried the same bag for three years and my younger son is about to embark on the third year with his. They don’t care what their friends or anyone else think. I’m feeling very grateful for that!

  2. August 20, 2017 / 6:29 pm

    Oh wow I’ve never even heard of these brands and I thought I was quite fashion conscious. In my day we used to pick one from the Argos catalogue and that would be it for the entire year. I had no idea it had become such an important process!

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