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

Design by Morgan McMullen

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.

Scott Maddern
PVC Bamboo Tote
Genuine People

Don't wait for 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. 

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The (Anti) Diaper Bag

Working moms will appreciate Hatch's anti-diaper bag, which, you guessed it, looks absolutely nothing like a traditional diaper bag. It has enough room to put your laptop, wallet, and notebook in one section, and your baby's diaper, bottle, and book in the other. You'll never feel like you have to switch your bag when you're running from daycare dropoff to work again. 

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Colorblock Leather and Shell Shoulder Bag
Marni Net-a-Porter

The light-blue straps are enough of a reason to splurge on Marni's colorblocked leather shoulder bag. Just be prepared to constantly receive the "Where is that bag from?" question from your co-workers. 

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ibagbar Water Resistant Messenger Bag
Ibagbar Amazon
$29.99 (57% off)

Amazon's best-selling water-resistant messenger bag has reviewers consistently raving about its convenience, durability, and modern style. Did I mention it has nine pockets? 

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Margaux Universal Laptop Bag
Kate Spade

Whether it's in black, navy, taupe, or red, this large Kate Spade laptop bag is every commuter's dream and the perfect work trip companion. It features a zipper closure, interior zipper pocket, exterior side pocket for your phone, and a place to stash your papers (...you know, if you still have those).

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Kita Pebbled Leather Crossbody
ALLSAINTS Bloomingdales

Allsaints' leather crossbody is on sale for 40 percent off (!). If you're not a huge fan of the crossbody, remove the adjustable strap and carry this lavender baby into the office like it's nobody's business. 

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Simple Tote
Clare V. Shopbop

If this camel handbag isn't convincing you to swap out your tote for a luxe shopper-style, nothing will.

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Troupe Tote

Coach's brand-new colorblocked pebble leather tote will help you ease perfectly into fall. This is definitely one of the bags you don't want to reserve for your laptop, so make sure to carry it on the days you can leave your 13-inch at the office. 

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The Form Bag

I can't say enough great things about Everlane's Form Bag—my go-to work bag for the past year. 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. 

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Jordan Backpack
MZ Wallace

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. 

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Kabir Fernandez
Duck Bag

Switch it up during the warmer months 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. 

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Harriet Tote

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. 

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Large Nylon Tote
MICHAEL Michael Kors Michael Kors

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. 

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Canvas Shopper Tote
WANT Les Essentiels Shopbop

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. 

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Classic Structured Leather Tote

Never worry about tipping over 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. 

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Le Pliage Large Nylon Shoulder Tote
Longchamp Bloomingdales

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.

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Classic Bucket Bag
Mansur Gavriel

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.  

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Medium Leather Transport Tote
Madewell Nordstrom

If black isn't your thing, opt for this pretty camel option that you'll never have trouble ID'ing at coat check.

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Jane Shoulder Bag
Angela Roi

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.

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Top-Zip Satchel

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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