13 Non-Boring Work Bags You'll Be Proud to Schlep Around

With space for all the essentials.

Roomy work bags are one of those necessary evils of office life: They're usually a snooze-worthy leather tote, but really, how else are you going to fit your reading materials, your phone, your snacks, and your makeup? Here, we've rounded up 13 non-hideous bags that are big enough to pack all of your essentials plus a spare tire (kidding, kind of), whether you're on an assistant's budget or you're already HBIC.

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So Good, They'll Think You Got a Promotion

Senior levels of sophistication made for an assistant's budget. It even converts to a backpack, so consider it two bags in one.

Convertible Bucket Bag, $40

BUY IT: zara.com.

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The Kate Middleton of Chic Bags

A weather-proofed suede mini-satchel that looks fancy enough to nail an interview. This versatile style comes with a detachable guitar-style strap for when you're running between events and need to go hands-free, too.

Theory Mini West Bag, $415

BUY IT: theory.com.

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Pretty in Millennial Pink

If basic black really isn't your thing, stock up on a pretty pastel option that you'll never have trouble ID'ing at coat check.

Large Star Gazer Hobo, $207

BUY IT: shop.nordstrom.com.

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A Masseuse-Approved Knapsack

Now that you've graduated from your Jansport, invest in a sweet leather backpack with thick, durable straps (that are better for back support). You'll be the envy of your fellow commuters with this rich bordeaux color, too.

Skagen Ebba Leather Backpack, $295

BUY IT: shop.nordstrom.com.

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Minimalist Magic

An eternally chic black satchel with a magnetic closure. It easily converts from a sweet hand-held bag to a shoulder hustler when you're on the go.

Parisa Wang Addicted Satchel, $345

BUY IT: shopbop.com.

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Mess-Proof and Ready to Commute

A lace-up white bucket bag that's fully lined so it's equipped to handle all the eyeliner/pen/food spillage you can think to inflict on it. As for the exterior? Welp, at least the faux leather can handle a little wipe-down here and there.

Pebbled Bucket Bag, $70

BUY IT: shop.mango.com.

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Jewel-Toned Arm Candy

A beautiful cherry red satchel with a zip closure that's especially theft-proof at rush hour.

Lodis Medium Satchel, $199

BUY IT: shop.nordstrom.com.

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Roomier than Roomy

For the ladies who carry their entire lives around in their shoulder bags, get one that has more space than you'll ever need. Just make sure to keep your keys on a flashy lanyard to save you from losing it forever in its depths.

Hobo Meridian Suede Hobo, $268

BUY IT: shop.nordstrom.com.

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A Real Stand-Up Tote

A large suede tote with a flat bottom that sits upright so you don't have to worry about it tipping over with any spillable lunch items inside.

Francis Valentine Suede Shoulder Tote, $395

BUY IT: shop.nordstrom.com.

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A Sensible Satchel

Come bonus time, invest in a bag that's chic and practical: small interior pockets for your smartphone, two slip pockets for reading material, plus a roomy interior for everything else you can think to stuff in there.

Brahmin Gabriella Bag, $345

BUY IT: macys.com.

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A Reliable Commuter

With its angular details, this is one bag that looks far more pricey than it actually is. It has multiple pockets and a chunky strap that's thick enough to last a long time without tearing.

Cobble Hill Crossbody Bag, $198

BUY IT: botkier.com.

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A No-Frills Shoulder Bag

A polished everyday bag with room to spare and adjustable handles, huzzah.

Auxiliary Ketel Tote, $325

BUY IT: aritizia.com.

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A Not-So-Basic Black Shopper

One guaranteed way to wear the big black bag without it looking super basic? *Ruffles.* If this isn't convincing you to swap out your boring work tote with a chic shopper-style, nothing will.

Ruffled Leather Shopper, $250

BUY IT: cosstores.com.

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