Fashion’s Busiest Women Share the Best Laptop Bags

From under-the-radar brands to designer styles, these 18 are the best of the best.

Lonchamp Le Pliage Tote; Madewell The Transport Tote; Calpak Haven Laptop Tote Bag; Cuyana Classic Easy Tote
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Thankfully, office dress codes have evolved beyond bad tailoring, laughably serious accessories, and the boxy briefcase laptop bag with top handles that were impossible to grip. With the evolution of hybrid work schedules and a change in commuting habits, the requirements of work bags are much different than office-goers of the past. New iterations of laptop bags work for busy lives, not just busy days at the office.

It sounds simple, but choosing a work-appropriate tote bag requires you to take stock of what you need when you're on the go. Ruthie Friedlander, a busy entrepreneur, fashion industry veteran, and new mom, needs a bag to do it all through every season. "As a Fashion—with a capital F—gal, I tried long and hard to find a chic bag from one of my favorite designers," she explains. "I quickly learned that one of the most important elements of a "does it all" bag is that it can do it in all weathers," she explains. For her, that bag is the failsafe L.L. Bean Boat and Tote with a zip top, also a favorite non-boring work bag for Marie Claire Editor-in-Chief Nikki Ogunnaike. The bag, which retails for less than $50, has become Friedlander's ideal "Mary Poppins situation," she explains.

If you're looking to invest in a designer bag that also fits your laptop, Libby Page, Market Director at luxury shopping site Net-a-Porter, tells Marie Claire that popular brands like Khaite, Toteme, and Hunting Season— a New York City-based brand with fans like Taylor Swift are all the latest cool-girl options to try, many of them offering excellent leather tote bags that can take you through all four seasons. She recommends picking a bag with strong handles, metal feet, pockets, and pouches— all of which help laptop bags keep their shape".

Here, you'll find a modern edit of the 18 best laptop bags, with highlights from Friedlander, Page, and our built-in panel of experts: Marie Claire editors. Plus, more of what to look for in a laptop bag and styling tips that can take your bag from work to play and everything in between.


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What to Look for in a Laptop Bag

  • Internal pockets: You probably don't want to rifle through your entire bag to find your laptop charger when your computer is about to die. That’s why the bags on this list all feature some type of internal pocket. In some cases, that means that you’ll find a laptop-sized sleeve on the inside; in others, you’ll find a mini pocket for your wallet or keys. Others have a pouch attached by a delicate strap or chain you won't misplace.
  • Versatility: Laptop bags need to balance function and aesthetics if you're using them throughout every stage of the day. The laptop bags on this list all come in neutral colors and have a sleek profile, so they can go anywhere.
  • Comfort: We've all carried bags that left a red mark on our shoulders and a lingering pain in our arms. That's why the laptop bags on this list have been intentionally designed with padded straps, crafted with thick, durable materials for easy wear, and are lightweight, even with a laptop in tow.
  • High-quality materials: We want you to love the bag you choose and to love it for the long haul. Our edit includes bags made from durable, high-quality materials like sturdy nylons and leather, which will last years even with everyday use.

How to Style a Laptop Bag

A laptop bag should seamlessly work with the rest of your office wardrobe. Katie Holmes masters 9 to 5 style with a long denim trench and a single Mansur Gavriel tote that doubles as a purse.

Katie Holmes

Holmes wore a studded denim trench coat with an otherwise neutral outfit while out in New York City in March 2024, showing that a great laptop bag will go with any outfit.

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A neutral laptop bag is usually the preference of the street-style set because it can be paired with virtually anything. Pair yours with sleek suiting separates for the office and swap your heels for a chic flat to take your look from desk to dinner.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 31: Maria Barteczko seen wearing Victoria Beckham black oversized Aviator glasses, Arket white cotton basic t-shirt, Source Unknown grey linen oversized blazer, The Row beige silk wide leg pants, Chanel 22 black logo hobo shopper bag and Hermès white Chypre leather sandals, on March 31, 2024 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images)

A member of the street style set was photographed in Berlin, Germany in March 2024 styling a bold black tote bag with an airy spring outfit. If you a buy a dark bag in the winter, consider this to be proof it can work in the spring.

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Meet the Fashion Experts

Ruthie Friedlander
Ruthie Friedlander

Ruthie is the Founder of At Large Agency, a content creation and marketing agency, and co-founder of The Chain, a nonprofit dedicated to eating disorder advocacy in fashion and entertainment. With a long history in the fashion industry as an editor and in-house strategist, Ruthie has previously worked at InStyle Magazine, Elle USA, The Row, and Chanel. She currently resides in Harlem with her husband, cat, and baby, Tallulah.

Libby Page
Libby Page

Libby Page is the Market Director for NET-A-PORTER, where as a link between the buying, editorial
and marketing teams, she plays an integral role in curating the buy and the development of exclusives
capsules, bringing to life the seasonal collections and key product initiatives.

With a passion for supporting and discovering the next generation of design talent, Libby is committed
to scouting and mentoring through the Vanguard, NET-A-PORTER’s globally recognised incubator for
nascent designers. She has been key in the strategic development of the program since its launch in
2018 and is responsible for the launch of the Vanguard Education Fund, a mentorship scheme that
helps final-year students as they embark on their careers within the fashion industry.

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.