No matter your bag personality (#TeamStructured or #TeamSlouchy), we’ve all been there: dragging a handbag and a tote bag and an extra laptop bag, because we could not find the right business bag to carry all our daily work essentials in style.
If you are ready for that long overdue business bag intervention, we assure you the reality of the perfect work-life bag is well within your reach.
We have tested dozens of work bags during countless commutes (in all weather, might we add), meetings in coffee shops, and 30,000 feet in the air.
Welcomed relief: We found some chic carryalls that do the job (pun intended). Smart and stylish—just like us businesswomen.
Mark our words: Equal parts fashion and function, they work 9 to 5 and beyond.
In a rush? No problem! Here’s our shortlist of the absolute best options available right now:
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21 best work bags that work as hard as you do
- KAAI Pyramid
- Cuyana Easy Zipper Tote
- Senreve Maestra Bag
- Dagne Dover Allyn Tote
- Bellroy Tokyo Tote
- Saint Laurent Sac De Jour
- RIMOWA Never Still Tote
- Dagne Dover Dakota
- Kaai Helix
- Mansur Gavriel Small Zip Tote
- Cuyana System Tote
- Away Everywhere Backpack
- Givenchy Antigona Soft Leather Tote
- Gucci Ophidia Large
- Calpak Luka
- Celine Mini Luggage Handbag
- Behno Ina Large Shoulder Bag
- Longchamp Large Le Pliage
- Tory Burch Perry Large Tote
- Cuyana Messenger Bag
- Kate Spade Margaux Large Tote
KAAI Midi Pyramid
|Fits||13-5” (Midi Pyramid) or 15.6” laptop (Pyramid)|
|Materials||Scratch-proof, waterproof, and UV-resistant Italian leather|
|Colors||Black, Cognac, Taupe + More|
- It looks and feels premium
- Available in both 13- and 16-inch versions
- Structured silhouette keeps work essentials well-protected
- Blue microsuede interior makes locating items incredibly easy
- Low cost per wear
Kaai’s Pyramid bag sits right at the top of our Pyramid of Needs. In fact, we would go as far as saying this shop-it-now-carry-it-forever tote is the designer work bag we have been dreaming of. Blending functionality and feminine sophistication, this chic carryall by Kaai acts as a well-organized personal assistant.
Ever since our founder, Florine Eppe, discovered KAAI in 2020 while living in Belgium, we at Luxe Digital (and our sisters and mothers) have been obsessed with the brand’s handbags—and we have a feeling you will, too.
Shaped to shape your life moments and dreams, KAAI’s Midi Pyramid is designed to go places without ever looking out of place. Plus, the sleek and timelessly chic exterior of the bag is scratch-, water- and stain-resistant, making it the perfect work bag, rain or shine.
We love the overall structure and metallic feet (translation: the bag stays upright when empty and when loaded with our “mobile office”). For the highly organized among us, the velvety-soft blue micro-suede lining interior is an organizational dream with its neat compartments and designated pockets for our phone, glasses, pens, lip balms, and even a special holder for our water bottle or umbrella. And, of course, it fits our laptop.
Okay, so the price isn’t exactly affordable, but we’ve owned ours for 3 years now and counting, and we all echo the same sentiment: it’s totally worth it (and cheaper than buying a bunch of cheapies again and again).
Cuyana Classic Easy Zipper Tote
|Materials||LWG Certified pebbled leather|
|Colors||Black, Stone, Dark Olive + More|
- Ultra-lightweight (only 0.7 kg)
- Unstructured nature means it can be filled with whatever you need
- Simple silhouette makes it ideal for everyday use
- Soft Italian leather gets better with age
- It’s fully customizable
- Requires add-ons (sold separately) to make it well-organized
When it comes down to a do-it-all bag that is effortlessly elegant, travel-friendly, and versatile enough to keep by our side for both work and casual occasions, the Classic Easy Zipper tote is an easy choice for us. It’s lightweight and unstructured, yet for the Marie Kondos among us, it can be customized with add-on accessories for extra organization.
With its fewer, better philosophy, Cuyana might as well have written the book on de-complicating life—such is the spell the sustainable brand has cast on our everyday routine.
Crafted from buttery-soft Italian pebbled leather, Cuyana Easy Zipper Tote is the brand’s lightest bag ever.
Designed to go everywhere, the airy, unstructured carry-all is roomy enough for daily essentials (basically our entire mobile office and social life) and features a sunken zipper for extra peace of mind.
The minimalist tote comes in Classic, Tall, and Small sizes and is compatible with Cuyana’s small accessories to organize your everyday bag, your way. Totes amazing—kind of like you.
Senreve Maestra Bag
|Fits||15″ laptop, but padded sleeve fits 13″ laptop|
|Closing mechanism||Zipper + Flap closure|
|Materials||Scratch- and water-resistant pebbled leather or Vegan leather|
|Colors||Black, Sand, Blush + More|
- Can be worn seamlessly in 4 ways
- Minimalist design, no loud logo
- Wide range of colors and finishes
- Roomy and functional interior
- Straps aren’t the most comfortable for heavy loads
- Must undo the front strap every time you get into the bag
If you are a handbag monogamist, this “one and done” bag is for you. The epitome of versatility, we love that the ever-popular Senreve Maestra bag can be worn in four different ways and seamlessly transitions from work to weekend.
If it’s stylish enough for Olivia Palermo and Priyanka Chopra, it’s definitely chic for us.
But beyond fashion, perhaps one of the coolest features of this 100% genuine Italian leather bag is its super versatility: You’re basically getting four work bags for the price of one—You can wear the convertible Senreve leather Maestra bag as a tote bag, shoulder bag, crossbody, or backpack.
The Maestra bag has a well-designed organization system with its eight interior compartments, including a padded sleeve that can fit a 13″ laptop (while the central compartment fits up to a 15″ laptop). This leather tote bag for work comes in a wide range of different colorways to fit every style.
Stunning and capable of anything, the Maestra is built to withstand the wear and tear of daily use with its metal feet, stain-resistant micro-suede interior, and water-resistant exterior, making it great if you commute on an ebike or an escooter.
Even better: it comes with a lifetime warranty and a 100% vegan version of this luxury work bag is available for the most sustainable amongst us.
Dagne Dover Allyn Leather Tote
|Fits||13-inch laptop (M) or 16-inch laptop (L)|
|Closing mechanism||Magnetic tab|
|Colors||Black, Bone, Graphite|
- Organized interior
- Detachable neoprene bottle holder protects valuables from condensation
- Long straps can fit over bulky coats
- Can gain about 4 inches extra when not using the snap fastener
- On the heavier side
- No zipper to close the bag
Just like the most organized person you know (yes, that person can absolutely be you), this Dagne Dover bag is prepared for anything.
Stylish and spacious, this leather tote bag is the ultimate work-life companion—business in the front, party in the back.
Heels to haul? Laptop to lug? The Dagne Dover Allyn Tote is always ready for impromptu adventures. It features a neoprene laptop sleeve, a bottle holder, thoughtful interior pockets for just about anything you could ever need (wallet, phone, hand cream, and a change of clothes or shoes), and a seemingly-simple-yet-lifesaving key leash.
Bellroy Tokyo Tote Compact
|Materials||Environmentally certified leather, and water-resistant recycled fabrics|
- Excellent value for a bag under $200
- Thoughtfully designed compartments for organization
- Top zipper closure secures valuables from prying hands
- Padded straps with no-slip patches mean added comfort and better grip
- Pop pockets can store bottles or an extra pair of shoes and then fold flat when empty
- Not suitable for more formal office environments
- Fabric shell can be abrasive against more delicate clothing
Fans of a sportier yet minimalist aesthetic, this laptop bag is for you. The Tokyo Tote is a thoughtfully designed, well-constructed, and lightweight work bag at a very reasonable price point.
Although it’s not the prettiest of purchases business style-wise, we just love the sportier, more utilitarian aesthetic of the Tokyo Tote for more casual work environments and outings.
This tote bag is made with premium, environmentally certified leather and water-resistant recycled fabrics with a dedicated pocket for a 13” laptop or a tablet.
The inside packs a ton of little pockets to help keep things organized. There are two pop-out pockets to safely store a water bottle or an extra pair of comfortable flats.
Saint Laurent Small Sac De Jour
|Fits||11-inch iPad Pro|
|Closing mechanism||Snap button|
|Materials||100% Calf leather|
|Colors||Black, Crocodile effect + More|
- Looks and feels high quality
- Leather has that premium smell to it
- Holds its shape and its value well
- Classic, chic style
- Center positioning of the crossbody strap can result in twisted leather
- Pretty pricey
If money is no object and you don’t need to lug your laptop to work, YSL Sac De Jour is a perennial classic that is versatile enough to be carried anywhere.
Celebrities are obsessed with this classic bag and so are we. One of the best YSL bags, Sac De Jour translates to “day bag” in French. We find the name quite fitting since the minimalistic design can be used as our all-day everyday bag. From the office to drinks and dinner, YSL Sac de Jour is versatile enough to be carried anywhere.
The smart accordion design on the side of the YSL bag ensures we have ample space for all our favorite accessories, including the perfect wallet to pair with.
The detachable and adjustable shoulder strap means you can wear this luxury work bag over the shoulder and across the body or by the top handle for a more formal look.
RIMOWA Never Still Tote Large
|Closing mechanism||Closing clip|
|Materials||Water-repellant canvas and full-grain leather|
- Distinctive grooved design and functionality
- Sits nicely on top of a suitcase (travel-friendly)
- Can be worn as a shoulder bag or a handbag
- Roomy interior
- No metal feet at the base, requiring us to be more mindful when putting the bag down
- No top zipper closure and no dedicated laptop compartment
Yep, it’s a splurge—but the quality and pedigree of this bag is undeniable.
So, if you travel for work quite often, this luxury bag is a perfect companion for a lifetime of first-class (business) travel.
Let’s get one thing straight right away—Rimowa is a luxury luggage brand, and it has the price tag to confirm it. But to be fair, this thoughtfully designed, versatile, and well-structured tote by RIMOWA works even harder than we do.
Made in Italy from canvas and full-grain leather, this luxury work bag is spacious enough for all your daily essentials. The perfect work bag for women on the go, RIMOWA’s Never Still Tote can easily carry a 15” laptop plus an extra set of clothes for the gym or an overnight stay.
This business bag doubles as a travel tote—it features a handy strap at the back so we can easily attach it to our favorite suitcase when traveling. An innovative double-handle system allows for adaptable toting (over-shoulder or as a handbag). You’ll definitely be toting around this chic carryall on repeat.
Dagne Dover Dakota Neoprene Backpack
|Fits||13-inch laptop (M) and 16-inch laptop (L)|
|Colors||Black, Dark Moss, Navy + More|
- Sleek enough for work, casual enough for play, and durable enough for travel
- Neoprene (famously used for wetsuits) protects valuables and flexes with your contents
- Available in three sizes
- It’s ultra-lightweight
- Spacious interior
- Not as chic as leather backpacks for more formal office environments
- Can lose a little bit of its shape (wrinkles) if laid flat for a prolonged period of time
If you are looking for a sign that you are cut out for the digital nomad lifestyle or simply love a convenient mobile office, this is the work backpack for you.
Sure, a (leather) tote might be the traditional choice for work bags, but once you’ve made the switch to this (neoprene) backpack for work, play, and travel, chances are you’ll never look back—except perhaps to check that you are actually carrying Dagne Dover’s Dakota Backpack.
Indeed, we found this laptop backpack to be ultra-lightweight (the bag weighs under 1kg!) and is very comfortable to carry, especially considering how spacious it is. It’s so roomy in fact, that we no longer need to choose between bringing our laptop or a pair of lifesaving flats. A big win, if you ask us.
Kaai Midi Helix Travel Edition
|Fits||13” laptop (Helix Midi) and 15,6” laptop (Helix)|
|Colors||Black, Cognac, Merlot, Moss Green|
- Multiple external and internal pockets
- Keeps its shape and color over time
- Zip closure for peace of mind
- Reinforced handles and metal feet to bear the weight of laptop
- Luggage sleeve makes it ideal for business travel
- The laptop compartment is only padded on one side
This is a designer tote so smart and stylish that it’s our passport to success. Exhibiting KAAI’s attention to detail that we love, this work tote features a delectable combination of form and function.
We compromise enough in the office. We tolerate extreme air conditioning. We put up with sniffles and coughs. And we accept stifling dress codes. But we shouldn’t have to compromise on our accessories, too, which is why we’re big fans of Kaai bags around here.
Available in 2 sizes (we own both), Kaai Helix makes our mobile life a little more exciting and a lot more efficient—whether we’re setting off for a business trip, or gearing up for an action-heavy city commute.
Made from 100% Italian leather, the sumptuous silhouette elevates any (slightly boring) office ensemble. The scratch-proof, water-proof materials, and reinforced handles, base and metal feet, make this bag quintessential for our life in motion. While the luggage sleeve turns it into one of the best travel totes on the market.
In conclusion, the Helix is a bag that holds up to demanding lifestyles—and literally holds our life.
Mansur Gavriel Small Zip Tote
|Materials||Italian Saffiano leather|
|Colors||Black, Beige, Red + More|
- Minimalist design
- Lightweight and petite-friendly
- Saffiano leather’s sturdy, rigid feel isn’t everyone’s cup of tea
The perfect work bag if you are looking for a simple designer tote with a zipper.
Sometimes less is really more—a mantra so beautifully exhibited by Mansur Gavriel. Sure, a large tote bag is great (if not essential) when transporting bulkier items, but these days, many of us commute to work with less, deeming an oversized silhouette tote-ally (sorry we had to) unnecessary.
If you’re looking for a less overwhelming work tote, the Small Zip Tote by Mansur Gavriel is the perfect size for petite frames, but still has enough space for all the essentials—including a spare cardigan, water bottle, and a 13” laptop.
If you’re like us, the first thing you’ll notice is that the bag is void of pockets and compartments. As organization nerds, we’ve inserted an organizer into ours, but if you’re only carrying a couple of bigger items, this shouldn’t be a problem. Plus, the silhouette is structured and stable, so your contents shouldn’t move around too much during transit.
The Mansur Gavriel Small Zip Tote comes in an array of classical hues. We opted for Black Flamma (to match our favorite Louboutins).
Cuyana System Tote
|Fits||13-inch laptop or 16-inch laptop|
|Materials||Responsibly tanned Italian leather|
|Colors||Black, Olive, Cappuccino + More|
- Simple and lightweight
- Highly versatile and ideal for various uses
- It’s fully customizable
- Made from soft Italian leather
- Requires add-ons (sold separately) to make it well-organized
- Not as secure as a proper zipper closure
If, like us, you love systems that make lives simpler, easier, and more efficient, this is the bag for you. Though a simple tote at first glance, we love how flexible and customizable this leather tote bag is with adjustable straps and detachable inserts. It is designed for a fluid transformation throughout the day.
There are those who neatly pack their work bag the night before. And there are those who throw in a couple of snacks and devices as they rush out the door. If the latter is you, you need this low-maintenance tote by Cuyana.
Made from soft Italian leather, the tote bag is incredibly well constructed. The seams and zippers are super robust and the leather exterior is really easy to wipe down. This means that we can confidently chuck in those heavier, accident-prone items without worrying about wear and tear.
The Cuyana System Tote gets its name from the multiple add-on accessories that work together to organize the bag’s spacious interior. We added the matching laptop sleeve to our purchase, which we highly recommend for anyone intending to use it as a work bag.
We also love that this bag is extremely versatile and sustainable. It’s the kind of bag you end up taking everywhere—be it boardrooms or beach breaks.
Away Everywhere Zip Backpack
|Colors||Black, Navy, Gray + More|
- Comfortable to carry
- Thoughtful interior is an organizational dream
- Breathable mesh back panel prevents back sweat
- All-around zip opening offers wider access to belongings
- Doubles as the perfect travel backpack
- Not the most exciting look
- Side panels can get caught in zip if you’re packing in a hurry
Simple and effective is the name of the game here. It’s water-resistant, comfortable to carry, and well-organized, making it an ideal backpack for work or travel (or both).
With the rise of functional fashion, work backpacks are becoming a more popular commuter choice. That being said, they do compromise your business style aesthetic slightly (some more than others), so if you’re going to opt for a work backpack, you want to make sure it’s highly practical.
After testing out backpacks over many commutes—walking, cycling, and train rides all included—we love this one by Away.
Unlike other backpacks, the clamshell opening opens wide and makes it seamless to pack and unpack. Organizational features include many side pockets, a water bottle pouch, a laptop sleeve, and a key strap. And once you’ve packed those, there’s still plenty of space in the main compartment for a spare sweater or shoes. We also appreciate the external pocket that makes frequently used items (like our phone) instantly accessible.
Made from nylon, the Away backpack is lightweight, water resistant and versatile, with a breathable back panel to eliminate back sweat—a small but significant feature when you’re cycling to work in the heat.
Givenchy Antigona Soft Medium Leather Tote
|Colors||Black, Grey, Taupe|
- Softer leather molds to fit your belongings
- Pinched sides open up the bag so that you can see what’s inside
- Detachable crossbody strap adjusts to preferred height
- Front pocket for easy accessibility
- Not big enough for a 15” laptop
- Side straps designed to be strapped down so can’t be detached for more space
The Givenchy soft leather tote heroes versatility. While the flexible silhouette molds to fit the office essentials, it fits in just as well at the post-work drinks soiree and all your on-your-best-behavior occasions.
We’ve owned (and loved) the Givenchy Antigona in box leather for a while now. And while it ticks almost all of our boxes, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on the softer silhouette.
Made from a more supple calfskin leather, the yielding design is less rigid and more comfortable to carry. The detachable, crossbody strap is a notable feature for hands-free transits and is especially significant if you have a smaller frame and struggle to keep a strap on your shoulder.
Like the original, the interior has a couple of pockets on the side, but not so many as to compromise capacity. The capacity of the soft leather tote is further emphasized by its unique design. The bag has side straps that clip down and open up the bag so that you can see what’s inside at a glance without having to scrabble around. And the external slip pocket is convenient for on-the-go accessibility.
That being said, the Antigona Soft Medium Leather Tote doesn’t fit a device larger than 13”, but if that’s all you need, the sizing is perfect.
Gucci Ophidia Large
|Materials||100% Italian Leather|
- Made in Italy from premium materials
- Comes with matching detachable pouch
- Spacious enough for a change of clothes
- Timeless and classical
- Steep price tag
- Can only be carried as a tote
If you’re going to invest in a designer work bag, you may as well join the Gucci gang.
We won’t beat around the bush. Any Gucci bag is going to cost you a lot more than a regular work bag. And while we’re not here to convince you that a Gucci work tote is a must-have, we can say that it’s definitely an investment worth considering.
Made in Italy from premium canvas, the Gucci Ophidia is engineered to last a lifetime (and then be passed down to your children—and grandchildren), while adding an instantly recognizable sophistication to any office ensemble.
The large interior is spacious enough for a change of clothes, perfect for overnight business trips. And we love that it comes with a matching, detachable pouch for smaller essentials—especially useful if you’re popping down for coffee and don’t want to take your entire work bag.
Yes, the Gucci Ophidia isn’t a decision to be made lightly, but if you’ve been contemplating adding an iconic Gucci bag to your arsenal for a while, this versatile work tote is a choice you’ll never regret.
Calpak Luka Expandable Laptop Tote
|Colors||Black, Rose Quartz, Chocolate + More|
- It’s ultra-lightweight
- It’s spacious, and expandable by 4 inches
- Multiple exterior and interior pockets
- Exterior pockets for easy accessibility
- Might not fit more formal work environments
Just like our favorite puffer coats, there is something comforting about this cloud-like tote. Perfect if you work in more casual environments or if your job requires you to transport bigger items, this expandable laptop tote is a real game changer.
The Calpak Luka Laptop Tote may not possess the same style and sophistication as your leather iteration. However, as frequent travelers (often for business), we’ve really come to appreciate the bag’s ability to transform a journey.
The hero of the bag is its size. The versatile silhouette expands up to 4” when you need the extra space and is super easy to zip up when you don’t. Considering how much it carries, the tote is also unbelievably lightweight and comfortable to carry, with longer handles (for your shoulders) and a luggage sleeve for when you’re crossing borders.
The Calpak expandable tote is also really organized. The cushioned, protective silhouette has a designated laptop pouch, big enough for a 15” device, as well as multiple zip pockets. We particularly value the one above the trolley sleeve, as the ideal location for a passport and phone.
Celine Mini Luggage Handbag
- Versatile enough for the office and weekend errands
- Premium drum leather doesn’t scratch or wear
- Metal feet for extra protection
- Handles are cushioned and comfortable
- Steep price tag
- Heavier than most of our best work bags
This handbag may not be as light or practical as some of our other favorites, but the decadent design makes us feel like we can accomplish anything. And sometimes that’s enough.
You know those handbags that instantly empower and make you feel on top of the world? The Celine Mini Luggage is one of those. Walk into a boardroom with this luxury bag in tow, and you’ll immediately own the space.
First things first: don’t let the name deceive you. The bag isn’t really mini. It’s big enough for a 13” laptop, a water bottle and various other essentials. It’s also on the heavier side, but we weren’t too bothered by the extra weight, as the thick cushioned handles don’t dig into your arm.
The suede-lined interior is incredibly soft (and protective) with zipped side pockets. And the structured silhouette allows you to see what’s inside at a glance.
The Celine Handbag also has metal feet, so you can place it down without worrying about dirt or scratches. With an effortless sense of timeless sophistication à la française, the classical design is just as good for running weekend errands as it is for the boardroom.
Behno Ina Large Shoulder Bag
|Closing mechanism||Elastic ruched opening|
- Handcrafted from premium, sustainable leather
- Empowers women through ethical manufacturing
- Slouchy-looking silhouette but sturdy feel
- Straps feel durable
- Not the best option to carry a laptop
- Drawstring closure isn’t as easy to open in a rush
While it almost looks too beautiful to be a high-performing work tote, we were exceedingly impressed by how well the circular drawstring silhouette holds up when filled.
If you’re up to date with social media trends, you’ll likely already know about (read: covet) Behno’s bestselling Ina bag. A cult-favorite classic, the burgeoning brand has infiltrated the most exclusive circles (including Buckingham Palace) with its empowering philosophy, philanthropic spirit—and gorgeous designs.
That being said, we were infatuated (along with the rest of the world) with the slouchy, round, drawstring silhouette from the moment we saw it, but we were intrigued to see how it held up as a work tote.
The Behno Ina Large Shoulder Bag proved to have a handle (sorry we had to) on both fashion and function. Handcrafted from supple, sustainable pebble leather, the durable construction is engineered to carry a hefty load daily.
We love that the ethical purchase contributes towards social mobility and eco-conscious craftsmanship, totally redefining the “Made in India” cachet.
Longchamp Large Le Pliage
|Closing mechanism||Button and zipper|
|Colors||Black, Navy + More|
- It’s lightweight and packable
- Slightly flatter, padded straps are comfortable on the shoulders
- Water-resistant interior is quick to wipe down
- Super spacious
- Button and zip closure requires two steps to open
- Only one small pocket
The Longchamp Le Pliage tote is perhaps the most popular work bag for women and college students everywhere and for good reasons—It’s lightweight and roomy. The nylon is practical and durable and comes in a wide range of colors. Plus, the origami-like style means it packs down easily.
Because we consider ourselves individualists, we usually steer clear from the sartorial trends that everyone else has. However—as popular as it is—the Longchamp Le Pliage Original was impossible to resist.
Why is this bag still on every it-girl’s arm?
As we move towards a hybrid working model, more and more of us are looking for versatile work bags. The Longchamp Le Pliage nails the brief. Designed to fold down (its name means ‘folding’ in French), the lightweight silhouette is easy to pack as a travel companion.
As a multi-faceted work tote, we opted for the Longchamp Le Pliage in large. As one of our most frequently used weekender bags, the roomy interior is spacious enough for a couple of ensembles, including your trainers for a post-work gym session.
Tory Burch Perry Large Tote
|Closing mechanism||No closure|
|Colors||Black, Rhubarb Red, Brown + More|
- Padded, middle laptop sleeve protects device
- Maintains its structure when full
- Protective metal feet on the bottom
- Organized interior has multiple compartments
- Metal logo can tarnish over time
This lightweight multi-tasking tote from Tory Burch radiates effortless polish. Soft and structured, it features a well-organized interior: two open compartments and a zip pocket that can hold your 13-inch laptop and keep your possessions in place.
The Tory Burch Perry wasn’t the bag that we were most excited about at first. But after testing all the bags, it’s probably the one that most exceeded our expectations. There’s honestly very little to complain about.
The large tote is fully lined with wipeable leather, meaning that you can carry it around with a carefree attitude. The structured silhouette holds its shape when empty or full. And the protective feet allow you to plop it down anywhere without worrying about dirt or scratches.
But the most notable aspect of the Tory Burch Perry Tote is its tri-compartmentalized interior. Featuring three main compartments, the work bag maximizes space and is incredibly well organized. We place our 13” laptop in the middle compartment for extra protection and fill the side compartments with various pouches, snacks and notebooks. The middle compartment also has smaller pockets, making keys, phones and cards accessible on the go.
Cuyana Messenger Bag
|Fits||13-inch laptop or 16-inch laptop|
|Materials||Responsibly tanned Italian leather|
|Colors||Black, Cappuccino, Light Stone + More|
- Sophisticated and easy to clean
- Hands-free and comfortable to carry
- Sleek design is lightweight but maximizes space
- Back slip pocket for easy access
- Personalized monogramming options
- Slender silhouette isn’t designed to sit on the floor
Looking for a versatile everyday bag that is also device-friendly and office-appropriate? The Cuyana Messenger hits the sweet spot between casual and professional.
Designed to fit into a multifaceted lifestyle, the Cuyana Messenger bag is compact enough to take anywhere, but still large enough to fit your 13” laptop. If you need more room, there’s also a 16” version, but overall, we prefer the versatility of the smaller size.
The Messenger Bag only delivers letters of love. It’s easy to clean. It’s timelessly sophisticated. It’s lightweight but maximizes space. It’s ultra-organized with multiple pockets. And Cuyana offers the option to personalize it with monograms.
But in our eyes, the real hero of the everyday work bag is its crossbody strap. The hands-free strap means that you can drink your coffee during your commute without worrying about spilling. And it’s adjustable and cushioned for a comfortable carry—so much so that we often forget it’s there altogether.
Kate Spade Margaux Tote
|Colors||Black, Deep Cherry, Blazer Blue + More|
- Saffiano leather ages well
- Spacious main compartment
- Metal feet protect bag base
- Shoulder straps aren’t padded
- Heavy for its size
Like the brand itself, the Margaux tote is a luxury bag, but it isn’t too expensive or in your face. The logo is subtle and the design is just really sophisticated and classy.
The Kate Spade Margaux Tote is a masterclass in modern minimalism. Made from premium saffiano leather, it’s obviously a high-end product. But the paired back logo and sophisticated design is understated and classy.
The spacious tote has one main roomy compartment. And while it lacks organization, it makes up for it in capacity. You really can fit a lot in this large tote—be it a spare pair of shoes or sweater.
The Kate Spade Margaux Tote doesn’t have a separate laptop sleeve, but we oftentimes carry our device in a cushioned case anyway, so this wasn’t a problem for us. However, if you don’t have a protective laptop case, you’ll have to invest in one if you plan to use this tote as a work bag.
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Types of work bags for women: What kind of bag should I get for work?
The different types of work bags for women include:
As the name suggests, the primary purpose of a laptop bag is to carry a laptop and its accessories such as chargers and cables.
The quintessential classic work bag. A briefcase is a formal, narrow box-shaped bag equipped with a handle. A briefcase is a work bag used by professionals, especially for carrying business documents.
A tote bag is typically a carry-all bag with double top handles. It ranges from canvas to premium versions. Tote bags are usually light, spacious, and most commonly unfastened (though some modern versions now include zippers).
Satchels range in size, but a satchel bag is usually a structured bag with a rigid feel structure with a flat bottom and two short handles on top. No matter how much you put inside it, a Satchel bag maintains its beautiful shape, making this structured work bag suitable for women who are in more formal professions.
If comfort is key and you’d rather carry everything on your back, backpacks make for great work bags for women.
What to look for in a women’s work bag?
Your office-appropriate bag should be roomy enough to carry all your work essentials plus more. Laptop? Check. Wallet, phone, and charger? Check. Notebook and pens. Check. Water bottle and makeup bag? Done and done. And maybe even some fun extras like workout clothes and a pair of sneakers. They should also be chic and compact enough to carry around with confidence, from interviews and Very Important Meetings to your lunch errands and happy hours.
Know the laptop size you want to carry
Before you buy a work bag, consider what you’d need it for. Do you bring your whole office with you every day?
If you carry a laptop to work, pick a work bag with a dedicated compartment that is sturdy enough to endure the weight and protect your device.
Pick your work bag in a neutral color and timeless design
A work bag should stand the test of time. Pick your bag in a neutral shade, like black, tan, or brown, to effortlessly complement your workwear.
Invest in a work bag made of durable material
The material of a bag plays an important role in determining the quality of the work bag. Invest in a work bag that will stand the test of time. One that is durable enough to hold up through your daily commutes, work trips abroad, children drop-offs, and whatever journey life takes you next.
Good news for the conscious people out there. Increasingly, animal-free leather alternatives that don’t forfeit style are emerging.
Consider security features
It is surprising how many work bags for women don’t have zippers. We personally prefer work bags that come with a theft-proof top zipper or some sort of top closure. Besides keeping everything safe inside during busy rush hour commutes, it tells people that you care about organization.
Think about your work bag’s function
Ask yourself what you need to carry in your work bag and find a bag that accommodates that list. Some work bags for women have no compartments at all while others have plenty.
If you carry a lot of items, look for a work bag that contains enough inside pockets. If you don’t, a simple exterior or interior pocket to store small essentials may suffice. Again, consider your work style and day-to-day needs to decide on the organizational features you require. For example, if you never find anything in your bag (guilty, here), you should opt for a more structured work bag that organizes all your necessities rather than a tote where all your tagalongs are swimming around in one large compartment.
Frequently asked questions about work bags for women
A work bag is a bag that can carry your work necessities—sometimes, including a laptop—to your place of work. Check our list of the best work bags for women for some inspiration.
A work tote is typically a large, rectangular or square bag with long straps that can easily be slung over the shoulder that can carry your work essentials.
The size of a work bag varies, depending on what you want to carry. We personally love a work bag that can fit your laptop. Look at the dimensions before purchasing.
Of course, work bags are also great for schools, traveling, and plenty of other occasions. Work bags like Longchamp’s Le Pliage Tote are loved by college students around the globe for their durability, versatility, and classic design.