The 15 Best Laptop Bags for Women, According to Editors and Experts

They'll carry everything you need, and look good doing it.

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If you're anything like me, you've long been on the hunt for a bag that carries your laptop but doesn't, well, look like a laptop bag. Chances are, you've already checked out the best laptop backpacks on the market and decided that you want to opt for a laptop-friendly tote instead. Or maybe your canvas bag simply isn't cutting it anymore. Whatever the reason, the editors at Marie Claire have rounded up the best laptop bags for women, and our picks are hard to beat. We spoke to designers and women on the go—from content creators to entrepreneurs to writers—to find the very best laptop bags to shop now (and carry forever). 

To figure out what makes a great laptop bag the best laptop bag, I spoke to two women who design work bags for a living: Shilpa Shah (opens in new tab), the co-founder of CUYANA, and Jenny Lei, the founder of Freja New York. Both women cited versatility and ease of use at the top of their list. "A good laptop bag should carry you seamlessly from your office desk to a dinner reservation," Shah told me. 

Another top priority? A laptop bag’s ability to seamlessly take its wearer from day to night. “I live in NYC, so when I leave in the morning I’m often not returning home until 9 or 10 p.m.! My bag needs to work overtime too,” said Lei. “That means being professional enough for work, roomy enough for my gym attire, and appropriate to bring to a nice dinner. I don’t want to feel the need to hide it or stuff it under my chair!”

Best Deals on Laptop Bags

Madewell The Medium Transport Tote | (opens in new tab)

Madewell The Medium Transport Tote | $168 $118 (opens in new tab)

Madewell's holiday sale is offering some insane bag deals, so snap one up while it lasts. Our recommendation? The Transport Tote. "This is the clown car of laptop bags, and I mean that in the best way possible," says our Entertainment Director Neha Prakash, citing the bag's roomy design and high-quality materials. Shop it now for 30% off with code "VERYMERRY."

Madewell The Zip-Top Transport Carryall | $198 (opens in new tab)

Madewell The Zip-Top Transport Carryall | $198 $140 (opens in new tab)

Yes, it's another Madewell bag—and yes, we stand by our choice. This leather tote doubles as a shoulder bag thanks to its long strap, and can be monogrammed. The perfect holiday gift for the most stylish woman you know (which might well be you). Shop it now for 30% off with code "VERYMERRY." 

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It's all about structure, according to Lei. "Laptops can be quite heavy, and I need a bag that can stand on its own. I love a good slouchy tote as much as the next person, but it’s not what I want when carrying a laptop,” Lei says. “I need to be able to set my bag down without worrying that it will topple over. Structure also provides extra protection for your laptop.” 

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“Thoughtful interior pockets are also important,” says Lei. “If you’re anything like me, I always wear my bag on the same shoulder (probably really bad) and have dedicated pockets for all of my items. It makes finding things on the go so easy, almost second nature. It’s basically muscle memory at this point!”

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“You can’t go wrong with something understated and timeless in a neutral color, made with quality materials,” says Lei. “Bonus if the materials are also low-maintenance (not too delicate, easy to clean, and scratch resistant).” 

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