Every wardrobe conscious #bosslady is always looking for the best work bag that carries all of her essentials, but also doesn’t look like the briefcase from the 1990’s The Working Girl movie. Today’s working woman requires function and fashion for her 9 to 5, because she cares how she looks stepping on and off the subway. And, because, after work she might like to go out for a cocktail with her work BFF. No one wants to feel like their identity must be lost because they need to be “professional,” so here are my picks for the 10 Best Bags for Work, and keep in mind I also thought about durability:
Similar to it’s counterpart, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, the Goyard is making itself the functional carry all that has enough room for a small cosmetic pouch, a 13″ laptop, notebook, wallet, and lunch. The flexible material allows your bag to stretch to fit everything, even those Jimmy Choo’s you need to slip on once you get to the office. This is a great shoulder bag, and even works as a Weekender!
I would prefer the embellished croc print to dress it up a notch, but similar to the St. Louis above, it stretches to fit all of your necessities. The lining is suede so it gives a heightened sense of luxury in this case, and the bag can either be carried over your forearm or in your hand.
Yes, the Devil Wears Prada, and so do I. When I got my first Prada Saffiano, that thing went with me everywhere. It is by far one of the most durable leathers I have ever owned! I especially like the Prada Saffiano Large Tote because of the compartments. If you’re like me and you carry your MacBook Air, a large college ruled spiral notebook and a small bag of cosmetics to refresh your face, this is a bag for you! The other compartment can be used for personal items, while your business basics stay separate. It helps so when you get to the office, you just pull out those two and you’re plugging away!
#4 Hermès Kelly
This is for a true #bosslady because the price tag says so. Personally, I think the Kelly is a much more elevated piece for the woman who doesn’t carry much other than her agenda and wallet. This is a business lunch, coffee meeting type bag that allows you to successfully and gracefully float in and out of meetings all while leaving your colleagues talking about your gorgeous bag long after you have left the room.
If you want your statement piece and to carry your necessities too, then the Birkin is for you! Roomy, durable and versatile, the Birkin can hold more than most bags, all while commanding respect at that board meeting. Who says your wardrobe has to cost under $7K?
#6 Chanel GST
I love the Chanel GST so much, because it is not only great Monday through Friday, but it can float with you all weekend too. Running errands? Impulse lunchtime purchases? This has space for those small things you might want to hide from your cubicle neighbor. I recommend the black caviar as the durability of caviar far outweighs the lambskin. If you’re more of an upscale girl I would go for the gold, but if you want it to be more for everyday use, I would recommend silver hardware.
#7 Kate Spade Tote
Coming in at an affordable #7, is my girl Kate Spade. For the woman who wants a little less label flash, but maybe a bit more color and personality, is the ever quirky Kate Spade. I love these bags for their sensible pricing and the coated canvas and leathers always make the purchase totally worthwhile. Here is another almost weekender bag!
This tall LV with a zip is one of the best bags to carry portfolios, wallets and laptops, especially on the subway because if there is a sudden stop, your life doesn’t go flying all over the floor. Bags with a top zipper are always lifesavers when you didn’t even know you needed it!
This smooth, simple, minimalist design of the Antigona goes with any outfit. The smooth leather gives a sophisticated, clean line look to any business suit, or jean and blazer outfit. It’s a smart looking bag for the successful entrepreneur!
Similar to the Prada Saffiano square silhouette, Saint Laurent does it again with their clean design and subdued logo. The Sac De Jour bag can be carried on the shoulder, cross body, or in hand by detaching the strap for a day to night look.
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