The 11 Best Work Bags for Women, According to Our Editors

Roomy, chic, and commute-proof.

A hand drawn collage of work bags
(Image credit: BABETH LAFON. )

Now that many of us are back in the office, it’s never been more important to find a great 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 upgrade to 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 experts in the field alike, which means that they’ve been tested for daily use, comfort on your shoulder, and versatility. Marie Claire already has specialized guides to finding the best laptop bags, best laptop backpacks, and the very best leather tote bags if you’re looking for any of those items specifically.

What To Look For in A Work Bag

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

  • It should be able to fit any or all of your devices.
  • It should have pockets for essential items, like your wallet, keys, or phone.
  • 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, or canvas.
  • It should be sturdy enough to last through an entire day's work and travel.

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 or a weekender bag if you're a jet-setter.

The Best Work Bags

Julia Marzovilla
E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the 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.