The 17 Best Work Bags That Match Your Personal Style

These 9-to-5 bags have all the bells and whistles to meet the demands of the workplace and can show off after hours.

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What traits make up some of the best work bags? They need to be large enough to comfortably double as a laptop bag for daytime but sleek enough to carry your essentials into the night. But most importantly, a work bag should seamlessly play into the rest of your work wardrobe without sacrificing your personal style. It's not an impossible task, with some of the biggest spring 2024 handbag trends easily doubling as a 9 to 5 accessory, like briefcase bags, tote bags, and pocket-clad bags that help avoid an accumulation of clutter. Although Miu Miu made a case for the overstuffed tote bag at their Spring 2024 show in Paris.

From a personal style perspective, the best work bags aren't just overachievers in a business setting. A great work bag has to live that double life, fitting into the practicality of work schedules and after-hours social lives.

It's possible to find one that can do it all. At Coach's Spring '24 show, models coolly carried deep tote bags that could carry everything but the kitchen sink. At Bottega Veneta, woven bags in poppy greens and blues were the perfect inspiration for a warm-weather bag brimming with style and summery work essentials: sunglasses, a summer hat, and your SPF.

As a busy Fashion Editor who works out of a mobile office twenty percent of the time, I know that a Prada laptop-friendly backpack isn't just a frivolous accessory—it's often filled to the brim with computers, cameras, notebooks, a change of clothes, and whatever else I need to get through a day running around the city. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise; a designer bag can also be a workhouse purse that can help get you from point A to point B.

Ahead, Marie Claire went deep into the internet and curated the best work bags across a range of styles and price points. Keep scrolling to shop the best options that have a stamp of approval from this on the go fashion editor.

Images from the Miu Miu, Coach, and Bottega Veneta Spring/Summer 2024 Runway Shows

At the Miu Miu, Coach, and Bottega Veneta Spring 2024 runway shows, models carried oversized, overstuffed, and woven tote bags that can easily double as work bags.

(Image credit: Miu Miu; Coach; Bottega Veneta)

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Key Features of the Best Work Bags

There are a few key features every amazing work bag should have that set it apart from your run-of-the-mill shoulder bag.

  • Size

Work bags should fit any or all of your devices, including laptops and tablets up to 16 inches. Don't worry—every bag on this list fits either one or both.

  • Pockets

Work bags should have internal or external pockets for essential items like wallets, keys, and phones. Every bag on this list has several, and some even have a dedicated laptop sleeve.

  • Versatility

Try a neutral color that will match any of your work spring work outfits. Subtle pops of some of the season's trending colors are fun to keep in the rotation, too.

  • Durability

It should be made from a durable fabric: vegan leather, real leather, sturdy canvas, or lightweight nylon are all good options.

  • Hardware

Sturdy hardware is essential for office days and work travel. The straps should hold up, the zippers should be secure, and it's a big bonus if the fabric is resistant to scuffs.

How to Style Work Bags

Work bags fall into a specific styling niche for your work wardrobe, but who wants to sacrifice personal style? You don't have to with a fresh crop of work bags that offer function and style. Picking a neutral color can also help you style it like a classic. I pair my Mansur Gavriel tote with everything; a long, ladylike type of coat, a midi-skirt, or denim, and usually alongside my best black boots for running around New York City.

Marie Claire's Fashion E-Commerce Editor Julia Marzovilla wearing the Mansur Gavriel Candy Candy Hobo, one of the best work bags of 2024

Fashion E-Commerce Editor Julia Marzovilla carrying Mansur Gavriel's Candy Hobo Tote during New York Fashion Week.

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Accessorize your work bag to fit your mood with a patterned scarf or a whimsical keychain. Coach Fall 2024 runways showed pairings of larger bags with pint-sized ones, and Miu Miu's selection came heavily adorned with baubles, shown in this fun street-style look from the Fall 2024 show in Paris. Adorning your tote with personal details take the stiffness out of a work bag and makes it feel fresh,

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Livia Nunes Marques wears blue checked shirt, blue polo neck Miu Miu t-shirt, black Miu Miu shorts with green stripe, red sandals, brown Miu Miu bag, outside Miu Miu, during the Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024/2025 as part of Paris Fashion Week on March 05, 2024 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)

Livia Nunes Marques carrying a brightly accessorized Miu Miu tote bag outside of the brand's Fall 2024 show in Paris, France this February.

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Fashion E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the Fashion E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.