At the PurseBlog offices, we have the privilege of thinking of handbags as a fun thing, but we that for a huge number of women, the bag they interact with the most is the one they haul back and forth to work. In many cases, that bag needs to carry a laptop, paper files, a packed lunch and beyond, and it needs to be discreet enough to fly under the radar of snooping coworkers who like to count other people's money. That's quite a tall order.
In some of those cases, a designer bag just isn't the answer--either the load is too heavy to make sense in a bag not built for pure functionality, or anything betraying a high-end source will be judged as unprofessional. In slightly less extreme cases, and no matter your budget, we think the ten totes below will serve the purpose admirably. All can be shoulder-carried, and all of them are big enough to hold a 13" laptop, in addition to your regular purse contents, and often far more.