Finding the right gym bag for your daily commute and workout is tough. It has to be large enough to hold the change of clothes, make-up, and toiletries that you haul around every day. It has to be sturdy enough to manage that heavy load without breaking. And it has to be stylish enough that you can carry it in public and to work everyday without looking like a gym rat.
It’s easy enough to find a bag to fit the first two criteria, but most will be squishy, shapeless nylon duffels in Day-Glo colors—not exactly what you want to be hauling to the office. So instead, take your pick from nine of my favorite options below, and prepare to get your gym on—in style!
The Big Black Bag
A basic black bag is always in style and makes clashing nearly impossible. The gorgeous canvas and leather bag on the left can easily double as your weekend bag (a perfect investment for the holidays!). The middle option is perfect for the more casual gal (with a lot to carry). And option #3 is a supple, simple leather bag with minimal hardware—but plenty of room for all those extra winter layers.
If you’re looking for a gym bag that’s a colorful contrast to your camel or black coat, these bright carry-alls are just for you. Try this beautiful jewel toned green bag, which has a convenient outer pocket to store the key to your locker and some hair bands, or this sophisticated-but-fun coral tote that can easily transition from locker room to board room. Or, this large red leather shopper, which will go with any outfit (red is, after all, basically a neutral).
Funky and Fit
For all my ladies who like something a little more offbeat, try one of these fun bags. On the left, this patterned carpet and leather tote will be the most original bag at the gym. Or, choose a simple color blocked bag that’s perfectly on-trend for the season—these orange and navy or mint green and cream bags are anything but boring.