Who run the world? In 2017, women represented 47 percent of the total global labor force, a share expected to grow to 56 percent by 2024. From the home to the office and everywhere in between, women are constantly on the move, and they need the right tools to arrive in control and in style.
The best work bags for women combine a few key elements: First, they should be large enough to carry your laptop, tablet, day planner, and maybe even a change of clothes for after the gym. They should also be simple but chic, pairing well with whatever outfit you decide to wear that day. Finally, they should hold up through work trips abroad, drop-offs at daycare, and everything else you decide to take on.
After scouring the many options available, we’ve narrowed down our list to the five best work bags for women under $350. Not only are these bags an affordable way to upgrade your style, but they’re also built to accompany you on whatever journey life takes you next.
Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet
Simple and laid-back, Street Level’s faux leather tote should be a go-to for women who need to grab and go (see what we did there?). The reversible bag is available in black and cognac or cognac and peach and comes with a matching wristlet. The bag itself doesn’t have any compartments, but it’s an affordable 2-in-1 solution for anyone looking for a no-fuss carry-all.
Urban Originals Ethereal Vegan Leather Tote
While better suited to carry a tablet than a laptop, this small, structured tote is perfect for keeping all your possessions safe and organized. Made from smooth vegan leather, this tote from Urban Originals features top carry handles and an optional adjustable shoulder strap for ultimate flexibility. Plus, it’s water-resistant, making it an easy choice for commuters in fair-weather and rainy states alike.
Everlane Day Market Tote
If you like the feel of a tote but want something a little more upscale, Everlane has your back (and your bag) with their Day Market Tote. This perfect do-it-all bag is made of structured 100 percent Italian leather and is slightly longer and taller than the average tote. Inside, you’ll find a sleek side pocket, perfect for storing notepads, keys or your phone.
Matt & Nat Fabi Frappe Faux Leather Backpack
Backpacks aren’t just for kids. Stylish picks like this one from Matt & Nat keep your hands free and distribute your bag’s weight across both shoulders. The Fabi Frappe is feminine and practical, available in four matte colors, closes via a push-lock closure and features a small zipper pocket on the back for your most valuable possessions. Inside, a 13-inch laptop compartment, smartphone pocket and logo-embossed Vintage patch keep all your possessions neat and tidy.
Dagne Dover Signature Tote
You might compare this purse to Hermione’s beaded bag from the Harry Potter books. While unassuming on the outside, it’s packed full of surprises meant to delight its owner and make their life easier. Everything from your coffee cup to your metro card has its own designated spot, meaning you’ll never lose anything in your bag again — well, you won’t have an excuse anymore at least. It also comes in four sizes and 12 colors to suit your exact preferences.
Furla Asfalto Logo Tote Bag
Sleek and timelessly chic, this Furla tote is compact but is spacious enough to hold all of your essentials. With grey leather and gold hardware, the bag works well with all of your jewelry to keep every outfit polished and professional. From daycare to your desk and happy hour drinks, the sleek rectangular shape and neutral color allow the tote to seamlessly pair with any ensemble.
Brahmin Croc-Embossed Leather Tote
For an ultra-luxurious aesthetic, this mock-croc tote will effortlessly elevate your outfit. While this textile is on-trend at the moment, this style continues to stand the test of time. Due to its hardier construction, this type of bag is built to last. Whether you decide to sport an all-black uniform or liven up your look with a more colorful ensemble, this bag in beige or a brighter color will make you feel put together all day long.
See By Chloé Marty Tote
Monochromatic and effortlessly chic, this tote is timeless and is sure to pair well with your unique daily uniform. The juxtaposing beige and black detailing enables this bag to transition seamlessly through the seasons and is spacious enough to fit all of your essentials – whether its for work, the weekend, or travel.
Matt & Nat Fabi Faux Leather Backpack
Hands and hassle-free, this sleek backpack looks as chic as any traditional shoulder bag. Equipped with a separate laptop sleeve, this accessory makes it simple to organize all of your necessities. Due to its functional design, this bag also works perfectly as a travel companion alongside your carry-on. Created from faux leather and 100% recycled nylon, this backpack is a stylish and sustainable option to pull together any ensemble.
Aqua Pebbled Leather Tote
Sometimes, you need to go back to the basics. To those searching for the perfect basic black tote, we uncovered this fashionable and no-frills option. With its spacious interior, there’s enough room for your laptop, all of your daily essentials, and then some. The minimalist design is classic and sleek, making it the perfect accessory to polish off any outfit.
Source: Forbes – Leadership