12 Great Work Bags for the Stylish 9-to-5 Set

Blair Pfander
12 Great Work Bags for the Stylish 9-to-5 Set
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Laptop, notebook, spare flats, workout clothes, iPhone, makeup bag—it takes so much gear to get through a typical work day, we practically need a forklift just to get to the office.

In the age of the mini bag, finding an everyday satchel that’s roomy enough to stow essentials, yet cool enough to tote along to post-work cocktails can be a tall order. Gym bags tend to feel too sporty, and everyday necessities have away of getting lost for hours (okay, sometimes days) in the abyss of a massive tote.

But there’s still hope for would-be bag ladies! A new generation of roomy work bags—complete with extra pockets and sturdy handles—are trickling into our favorite stores this season.

Here, we’ve rounded up 12 of the most stylish solutions for chic schleppers.

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Phillip Lim's 31 Hour Bag may be the ultimate solution for professional ladies with a tendency to carry their entire lives in their handbags. The fold-over top—which is finished with a tough Lipo zipper—can be extended to create a roomy tote with plenty of room for gym clothes, a laptop, and even a change of footwear. 

$795 at Shopbop.

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If your gym gear simply won't fit in your everyday satchel, this durable cotton mini-duffel from Rail and Wharf is an easy outfit addition that won't make you look like a crazy bag lady. Sturdy brass rivets and reinforced seams ensure it can stand up to the elements, while a classic white and navy motif offers a hint of nautical flair. 

$118 at J.Crew

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Madewell's rugged leather Kensington satchel has a handsome all-American look, from the equestrian-inspired brass hardware to a thick duffel shoulder strap. Best of all, the bag is big enough to double as an overnight satchel if you're planning a weekend escape from the office on Friday night. 

$198 at Madewell

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Anya Hindmarch's sturdy patent-trimmed satchel is tough enough to withstand daily use and roomy enough to stash daily work essentials. We love the sporty canvas strap, which adds just a touch of playful prep. 

$795 at Net-a-Porter.

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Made from 100% real suede leather, Zara's dusty beige bucket bag offers terrific bang for your buck. The spacious interior is roomy enough for a laptop and a spare magazine, while the roomy front pocket can stash beauty back-ups and an emergency pair of ballet flats

$129 at Zara

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For a practical work bag solution with plenty of high-fashion street cred, opt for Proenza Schouler's giant PS1 tote, which features the instantly-recognizable PS1 "face" (parallel leather straps, chunky brass hardware) on a large square frame. Try funky new hues like violet or hot pink for a colorful office statement

$2,150 at Barneys

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Topshop's sleek rectangular tote offers a similarly chic, two-toned look for a fraction of the cost. Best of all, on days when you don't have quite so heavy a load, the bag can be folded in half to create a smaller square satchel. 

$60 at Topshop

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Fun yet functional, Alexander Wang's ever-popular Rocco duffel is just the right size for a more moderate schlepper. Fashioned from supple grain leather and finished with rolled-top handles and rivets along the base (perfect for protecting against grimy restaurant floors), the satchel offers oodles of fashion-forward details for under $1,000. 

$895 at Barneys

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Rochas' sophisticated two-tone leather tote comes in a chic blush and black combination. If you're worried about losing your keys in the depths, have no fear: a handy zip-fastening pouch keeps essentials close at hand. 

$1,020 at Net-a-Porter

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For a sporty-chic look, Tory Burch's long cylindrical satchel is a pitch perfect gym-to-work solution, rendered in perforated leather (great for airing-out soggy workout wear) and finished with three interior pockets to store toiletries or a slim makeup bag. 

$465 at Shopbop

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