I also think that the positioning of the bag and the length of the straps are important to pay attention to. A cross body bag looks great on men if it doesn't hang too low, but if you are choosing to carry it on one shoulder, please please please do not let the thing hang down to your knees. I see this all the time and it takes a lot for me to not snap judge those men.
@armagnacforbreakfast I've also been following Choire and Balk for the past four years of my life and am commenting for the first time! ANYWAY, I went straight into grad school because of the scholarship thing and just finished my first year. It is a professional program in a field that won't be going away/changing anytime soon and I can't see any downsides to it. I'll be done at 23, won't have debt because of grad school, and thanks to having the time while in school to volunteer and intern, I should be set to get a decent job at the end of it all. At the end of undergrad all I had was a humanities degree and a job as a waitress. I think if a person wants to go to grad school right away and has the means, they should. I definitely feel like a baby at life compared to the people in the program that waited a couple of years, but it isn't too big of a deal.