Ever feel like you need Mary Poppins’ bottomless bag to get to and from work every day? Once you start piling in all the things you need—your computer, your lunch, a pair of heels to change into at the office, an extra layer, a book for the subway—any bag is bound to get packed.
If you’re anything like me in a pinch, you probably just grab the biggest bag around, be it a reusable shopping bag or a beach bag. But this simply will not do! You want to look pulled together at work, and walking in hauling a Trader Joe’s grocery bag with one handle falling off doesn’t exactly do the job.
That being said, I understand that finding a work bag with the perfect balance of form and function is a tall order to fill. So today, I’m here to help! Check out these 26 beautiful bags below, and find the perfect match for your trek to work.
The Laptop Bag
If safely schlepping your computer to and from work is your main concern, have no fear! Gone are the days when your only options were a bunch of boring black nylon bags—these picks are made of stylish (yet still sturdy) materials that will keep your laptop protected from the elements. Because this type of bag typically has a classic shape, you can stray a little from neutral coloring and still have it look professional.
The Work Bag That Doesn’t Look Like a Work Bag
Going straight from work to an evening out with your friends? All of these bags could easily transition from the office to happy hour and no one would think twice. Plus, they all have enough room to carry your laptop (although they won’t keep it as safe as our first group of bags), a blazer for your chilly office, and a mason jar salad for lunch—with a little room to spare.
The Better-for-Your-Back Bag
Sure, this may not be the most glamorous option, but a backpack is much better for your back than a traditional shoulder or messenger bag—especially if you have a long walk to work. Plus, there are plenty of cute backpack options that won’t make you look like a middle schooler. A pretty leather satchel with plenty of pockets looks luxe and will definitely be a sturdy option, or you can opt for a canvas rucksack type bag with leather details. And make sure to keep the colors neutral to complete the chic look!
The Polished Black Bag
If you work in a more conservative environment and want to keep your bag simple, go for a larger tote in basic black and a nice material. These bags give you the ease of a roomy carryall, while still being sophisticated enough that you could walk into an executive meeting with one on your shoulder. If you ever want to add a pop of color, just tie a silk scarf around one of the straps.