We've all splurged on the tote that barely fits our laptop because we thought it was "professional," then proceeded to form a guilty conscience because we're "ruining the bag" by stuffing it in and not using it for what it's made for. I'm happy to report those days are officially over—brands like Everlane and Cuyana have created spacious bags made to fit all of the essentials and not look like you're carrying a weekender into the office everyday. Ahead, we've rounded up stylish work bags for every budget.
I can't say enough great things about Everlane's Form Bag—my go-to work bag for the past five months. It fits my laptop perfectly, along with all of my loose items. I often switch between using it as a messenger bag or letting it hang on my right shoulder, and it's chic enough to wear to an event straight after work.
Don't wait to use your vacation days to whip this baby out. For something a little different, Genuine People's clear tote with bamboo handles will let your co-workers know you have great taste and you're all about that work-life balance.
Hassle-free commutes call for a cute knapsack like this MZ Wallace pick equipped with a padded laptop compartment and two handles to carry it into meetings. Genius.
Switch it up during the summer with this denim everyday tote. It holds a 15-inch Macbook and has plenty of pockets to stash loose change and hair ties. Wear it on your shoulder with the adjustable strap or use the handles on the days you decide to skip the morning coffee.
Walk into work feeling great everyday knowing your rustic leather tote provides 100 meals to children in need. Add a leather tassel to complete the look.
For a classic business feel, this Michael Kors nylon tote comes with convenient side pockets for all your essentials—phone, ID card, latest book club read—and won't lose its shape when you set it down underneath your desk.
Canvas isn't only made for the weekends. This shopper tote with leather handles is durable enough to wear everyday without feeling like you're wearing it out.
Never worry about tipping over with any spillable lunch items again with this roomy pebbled leather Cuyana tote. Minimal lovers will appreciate the clean aesthetic and the thoughtful option to customize it with monogrammed initials.
If this camel handbag isn't convincing you to swap out your tote for a luxe shopper-style, nothing will.
It may just be a newer version of the one you've had since high school, but that doesn't mean it's not grown-up enough to be your polished everyday bag.
Oh, you fancy huh? The red interior elevates this Tuscan leather bucket bag into a coveted accessory you'll keep for the rest of your life. It's great for interviews and Very Important Meetings.
If black isn't your thing, opt for this pretty pastel option that you'll never have trouble ID'ing at coat check.
For the women who carry their entire lives around in their bags, this Angela Roi one has more space than you'll ever need—in handcrafted vegan leather, nonetheless.
The croc-embossed hand-held satchel of our dreams doubles as a crossbody for when you can't hold your coffee, your phone, and your bag at once. Plus, it has a theft-proof zipper for busy rush hour commutes.
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