This photo is from the Nordstrom holiday catalog from 1977, shot on a Washington State Ferry (aka the peoples’ yacht). And barring the madras car crash happening on that coat, which gives us weirdo Raggedy Andy vibes, we love everything about it.
Anyway: bags. Carrying one can be stylish and functional. And not that the guy in this image ever had such a problem, but where else are you going to put your giant, phabletty phone?