The Best Work Bags for Every Stage of Your Career
Handbags are often touted as the most important style statement you can make. Perhaps, perhaps. But beware the it-bag. No matter how much you spend, it will still be “over” in six months. When it comes to choosing a bag for work, you need to strike the all-important balance between form and function. (Don’t worry—it can still be cool.)
Choose a bag that’s well-made, versatile, and can actually hold all your stuff. Opt for solid, neutral colors, and keep flashy branding to a minimum.
If you just graduated, you need…
A well-made, simple tote. We like pretty much everything by Cuyana; and the large Le Pliage tote from Longchamp is a classic.
A few years into your career, upgrade to…
A polished, elegant carryall. We have a thing for Mansur Gavriel’s large leather tote.
Once you’re making bank, go for…
A head-turning handbag. Céline, Louis Vuitton, and Maiyet are trendy in the best possible way, and they always look spot-on.
Bags are just the beginning. For more advice on how to outfit yourself for the office, check out Wear to Work: A Guide to Building Your Ultimate Professional Uniform, from which this post was excerpted.
Illustrations by Iga Gawronska