Getting dressed for work is something that women’s fashion magazines and websites tackle regularly, and with varying results. (Who thinks that putting a blazer over a crop top is going to fly as a good day-to-night option in most workplaces?) Because we spend most of our time thinking about a particular part of the fashion industry, though, we’d like to think that we can scope out good workwear with slightly more accurate results.

A lot of you sent in questions about selecting a solid work bag when we asked to hear about your fashion problems for Ask PurseBlog, so we thought it might be most expedient to tackle this issue en masse. Below, we’ve selected over two dozen bags that we think will fit in a lot of different work environments, beyond just your standard Prada Saffiano Totes and Louis Vuitton Neverfulls. Some are on the slightly more casual end, while others will pass muster in even the strictest of corporate headquarters, and we found good-looking options starting from just $240.

All of the bags will fit a small laptop (and if your laptop is bigger, many of the bags come in a larger size), and almost all can either be carried on your shoulder or include an optional shoulder strap. When it comes to a work bag, fashion means very little without the function to go with it.

Alexander Wang Prisma Tote
$850 via Barneys

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Annabel Ingall large Isabella Tote
$450 via ShopBop

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Baggu Oversized Tote
$240 via ShopBop

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Balenciaga Padlock Work Tote
$2,395 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

Balenciaga-Padlock-Work-Tote

Botkier Soho Tote
$298 via ShopBop

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Bottega Veneta Roma Tote
$3,600 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Cambridge Satchel East-West Tote
$290 via ShopBop

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Chloé Baylee Tote
$2,115 via Net-a-Porter

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Coach Crosby Carryall Bag
$398 via Coach

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Dolce & Gabbana Sicily Bag
$1,895 via Net-a-Porter

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Fontana Top Handle Satchel
$4,730 via Barneys

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Givenchy Obsedia Tote
$2,845 via Net-a-Porter

Givenchy-Obsedia-Tote

Gucci Ramble Leather Tote
$2,950 via Gucci

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Jimmy Choo Alfie Tote
$2,150 via Net-a-Porter

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Kate Spade Holden Street Olivera Bag
$378 via ShopBop

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Loeffler Randall Open Tote
$395 via ShopBop

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Louis Vuitton Marly MM Bag
$2,810 via Louis Vuitton

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Mansur Gavriel Large Saffiano Tote
$595 via Barneys

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Marc Jacobs Incognito Bag
$2,300 via Net-a-Porter

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Meli Melo Reversible Thela Bag
$1,264 via ShopBop

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Rebecca Minkoff Amorous Satchel
$325 via ShopBop

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Reed Krakoff RK40 Bag
$1,990 via Net-a-Porter

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Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Bag
$3,490 via Net-a-Porter

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Smythson Panama Tote
$850 via Barneys

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Thakoon Downing Classic Shopper
$1,650 via Barneys

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The Row Classic 5 Tote
$3,150 via Net-a-Porter

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Tomas Maier Buckle Tote
$1,480 via MATCHESFASHION.COM

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Valentino To Be Cool Tote
$2,775 via Barneys

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Valextra Work Tote
$3,400 via Barneys

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Victoria Beckham Liberty Tote
$1,650 via Net-a-Porter

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shueaddict
shueaddict
7 years ago

whoaaaw, Amanda! Awesome effort – as a working / travelling corporate gal, this is right up my alley – I have to put a lot of thought in the bag I carry depending on whom I am seeing that day. The unwritten rule is to pick a luxe bag with no visible logo, leather that screams high end , model not that easily recongizable – but can fit a slim lap top.

_petitprince_
_petitprince_
7 years ago

don’t forget the celine mini luggage 🙂

Kelly
Kelly
7 years ago
Reply to  _petitprince_

You are either joking or a moron

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  _petitprince_

That would work in an office that’s okay with a little bit of flash, but since the bag is so recognizable at this point, I wouldn’t recommend it for a conservative office unless no one there would recognize it.

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago
Reply to  Amanda Mull

I know what you mean. My office is mid way conservation and I get passing comments about my bags (because I carry ALL my bags to work from the flashy to conservative). I just tell them to sod off (in my mind). lol.

Keira
Keira
7 years ago

I just bought a bag that fits well with this category! I can’t believe Ralph Lauren doesn’t get as much recognition as the other mid range purses. I love the quality and it’s cheap too!

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/lauren-ralph-lauren-newbury-double-zip-collection?ID=1797334&CategoryID=52282#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D63%26ruleId%3D%26slotId%3D5

Stina Sias
Stina Sias
7 years ago

I LOVE crazy colors, even at work! I wish you would do an article on the beautiful new Coach neons, I’m not a Coach girl but those are beautiful bags in simple shapes and just the right amount of interest for me 🙂

Denise
Denise
7 years ago

Great post!

I’m always on the hunt for great work bags that don’t all look the same. I have three neutral bags that I use the most and in my opinion, adds nothing to my work attire as they seem more like travel bags.

I need bags that are big enough to fit my tablet or laptop, documents, a huge wallet and my lunch box but structured and polished. Not ones that look as if I’m going on a weekend getaway.

seres
seres
7 years ago

A black Mulberry Bayswater has been my workbag for the last 3 years – I am somewhat clumsy and spill my workbag on a rather regular basis – open totes were a nightmare.

K_Elizabeth
K_Elizabeth
7 years ago

I am obsessed with that Sac due Jour! Next on my wish list for sure. For work, I alternate between my Givenchy Antigona and Everyone Petra Tote. Love them both!

klynneann
klynneann
7 years ago

Do most people just carry a tote to the office that doubles as a purse? I carry a tote and my handbag. In my tote goes any paperwork, shoes, lunch items, etc. And in my handbag are the usual items – cell, wallet, cosmetic bag, keys, etc.

Jade
Jade
7 years ago
Reply to  klynneann

I carry two, but I also drive everywhere. A man in the office once commented that it looks like you’re traveling if you carry more than one. I have way too much work stuff to tote around everyday.

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  klynneann

I really, really hate carrying two bags at any time, so doing it every day for work isn’t an option. I might look at it differently if I drove to work every day, but since I ride the subway, there’s significant advantage to lightening the load as much as possible.

Denise
Denise
7 years ago
Reply to  klynneann

I tried doing that just to keep from carrying my tote everywhere while I’m at work but the weight of my bag became too much.

KMoya
KMoya
7 years ago

Really great post Amanda! I think another bag that fits into this category is the Moynat Rejane! It is simply beautiful, classy, and discreet!

Tinsley Proust
Tinsley Proust
6 years ago
Reply to  KMoya

Not sure if you’ve ever had one, but I bought a Rejane and quickly returned it. It was very stiff and the top was narrower than the bottom. Definitely wouldn’t be able to fit papers or files into it, especially not a laptop. The quality was wonderful, though. Very similar to Delvaux or Hermès.

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
7 years ago

Great compilation Amanda! My SIL just bought the LV Marly in RED for work and it is beautiful!

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