The 15 Best Work Bags for Women, According to Our Editors

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Now that many of us are back in the office, it’s never been more important to find the best work bag you really love. I’m talking about the kind of bag that lasts through every commute, holds all of your work essentials, and won’t look out of place at your next after-work happy hour. Think: a much-needed laptop-friendly bag to replace the canvas tote you use to run errands over the weekend. Whether you’re starting your very first job or just getting a head-start on the new season, investing in one of the best work bags is one of the easiest ways to get your head in the game—and make a great impression on your first day. 

The bags on this list come highly recommended by Marie Claire editors and from reviewers across the web, which means that they’ve been tested for daily use, comfort on your shoulder, and versatility. And if you're looking for a laptop-friendly backpack to use instead of a traditional tote bag, there are a few on this list, too. We've even taken the time to source work bags that can double as a weekend or overnight bag.

What To Look For in the Best Work Bag

Unlike your favorite take-anywhere tote, there are a few key features every amazing work bag should have:

  • It should be able to fit any or all of your devices. This includes laptops and tablets that measure up to 16 inches—every bag on this list fits either one or both.
  • It should have internal or external pockets for essential items, like your wallet, keys, or phone. Every bag on this list has several, and some even have a dedicated laptop sleeve.
  • It should come in a neutral color that will match any of your outfits.
  • It should be made from a durable fabric, be it vegan leather, real leather, sturdy canvas, or lightweight nylon.
  • It should be sturdy enough to last through an entire day's work and travel. The straps should hold up, the zippers should be secure, and it should be resistant to scuffs. The bags on this list are top-rated by shoppers in those areas.

With that in mind, keep scrolling to shop the best work bags on the market for 2023 from fan-favorite and top-rated brands like Madewell, Everlane, Cuyana, and more. Some of the work bags on this list retail for under $100, while others are investment pieces that will stand the test of time. Other bags on this list can actually double as a carry-on bag.

The Best Work Bags

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.