Simple, chic, and to the point – a laptop bag says I’m here to do work and not screw around on social media… okay maybe I’ll check on the sassy things Katherine writes on BTBS for a few minutes but then I swear back to work! Mine holds my laptop, the charger, a notepad, and my keys. Since the straps detach it also works as a laptop case and can easily slide into another work tote.
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Nicknamed (by me) my ‘Mary Poppins bag’ this sucker can hold e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. It can hold your computer, work items, gym clothes, tennis shoes, and essentials and still not look like you’re lugging around a giant. Dagne Dover labels it as a commuter bag and if I was commuting into a city on public transport this is probably the bag I’d choose to hold everything. Marry Poppins would love this bag – it’s practically perfect in every way.
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Bought on my semester in Paris because yes I was that basic b who just had to get a longchamp while studying in paris while eating a macaroon from la duree. You just shuddered didn’t you? ANYWAY, I love my longchamp tote. This baby got me through law school and I took it on my first interview. Unfortunately my laptop won’t fit in it otherwise it would be getting way more work that it is now, but this is what I grab when I need a simple tote. If you’re looking for a bag that will never go out of style and will stay looking good (hello you can wipe it off with a wet towel) then look no further than Longchamp’s large le pilage.
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I had a north face messenger bag in college and I thought it was the coolest bag ever because it was rugged and those north face wearing models looked super cool so obviously if I had the same bag I would be cool by extension. Can you believe I got into law school with that logic…? This leather messenger bag is an updated look to my college years but it’s chic enough to bring to the office. This bag really transcends work, I’ve traveled with this bag, I’ve brunched with this bag, and yes I’ve taken this bag to work conferences. If you’re in a creative office or wear your headphones as an accessory instead of just a way to drown out your coworkers personal calls then this is the bag for you.
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Remember how I told you I loved all my work bags equally? Yeah I lied. This bag is my favorite. It holds my bulky work laptop, at least 4 legal files, my plethora of pens/sharpies/highlighters, a water bottle, and usually my sunnies that get shoved to the bottom with a random chapstick and forgotten earring. When I bought this french grey tote I figured I needed to round out my work bag collection with a grey because well I already had black, brown, and navy – stupid katherine. Never buy a bag if your reason begins with ‘well…‘ However, now that I have this color tote it is my go to. It matches colors, matches black, matches navy, matches patterns, you name it this tote looks good with it.
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Every working girl needs a black tote. You can upgrade your tote with metallic hardware or zippers but everyone needs a simple black tote. If you’re looking for a tote to take with you on interviews find one that stands up on it’s own. That reason alone is why le pilage tote had to be retired from interviews, it crumbles in a heap on the floor next to your chair. Not professional. Another reason why everyone needs a black tote is because even if you pair it with navy or brown you’re forgiven because its-a-bag and no one is going to judge you because your standard black tote doesn’t match your fabulous outfit.
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Confession: I bought this tote at Target over three years ago when I was an intern because my chief at that time had it and I basically wanted to be her. You can find great bags everywhere, they don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg, just make sure that the bag doesn’t look cheap. Yes, my target tote hasn’t held up as well as my longchamp tote or as well as I expect my dagne dover bags will but the point is that for a $20 tote from Target I got three solid years out of it and it worked great. Cheap totes don’t have to look cheap.
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