If you’re anything like us, the phrase “office supplies” conjures up visions of legal pads, tangled chargers, and spilled White Out.
Thankfully, stocking up on work necessities doesn’t have to mean a trip to the nearest Staples outpost anymore. From Marc by Marc Jacobs’ USB keychains to Burberry document folios, top fashion brands are adding a serious dose of “chic” to the office.
For example, we guarantee the conversation around the water cooler will be a little more lively on the day you strut in the office with a studded yellow Louboutin iPad case tucked under one arm. Plus, your office-mates will surely take notice of the polka-dot J.Crew battery charger you use to juice up your smartphone.
Here, we’ve rounded up 15 work-ready accessories to take your 9-to-5 life to the next level. Which one is your favorite?
Kate Spade iPhone Cover: Many of us are on our iPhones all day long, so why opt for a boring black case? This Lichtenstein-inspired Kate Spade iPhone cover makes a playful—yet art-conscious—statement.
$40 at Kate Spade
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Burberry Leather Document Portfolio: Nothing says you've arrived like a sophisticated document folio. Even if you're just carrying around old copies of Elle in this streamlined Burberry case, your boss will think you mean business.
Louboutin Studded Yellow iPad Case: Make a splash at your next meeting with this bold studded yellow iPad sleeve by Louboutin. Not only will it turn heads in the office, but the case's dainty wristlet allows you carry it like a clutch down the street.
Custom ColorWare iPad Mini: Of course, why get a statement-making case when you could completely custom iPad? Boutique tech company, ColorWare, lets customers pick out their device's accent colors—even the power button. Best of all, the price includes the cost of the iPad.
Connor Notecards: Give your business correspondence a dose of personality with Connor's colorful notecards, which open to reveal a super-saturated color lining and can be customized with a metallic monogram.
J.Crew Back-Up Battery: If you're like us, your iPhone is constantly losing power just as you're answering an important call. J.Crew's quirky polka dot back-up battery prevents last minute smartphone disasters, and comes in a range of cheeky prints.
$40 at J.Crew
The Bobble: Skip your office tap water and keep one of Karim Rashid's high-design "Bobbles" in your desk drawer. With a built-in filter, the slick-looking bottle filters water as you drink.
$22 at Bloomingdales
Topshop Mug Stickers: Your daily coffee mug may be an overlooked fashion opportunity. This unusual sticker pack from Topshop is designed for ceramic mugs, and features goofy (but accurate) sayings like "cookie bribes welcome."
$6 at Topshop
Potalco Grid Notebooks: Perfect for keeping tabs on work expenses on the go, these colorful Postalco notebooks—which come in a set of three—are printed with subtle grid lines, and fit perfectly in a small handbag pocket.
$25 at Creatures of Comfort
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Vivier Stripe Clutch: Likewise, this striped leather pouch by LA designer Clare Vivier is perfect for keeping work receipts organized. Plus, you can use the extra space to stash your favorite lip gloss.
$184 at Clare Viver
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Smythson Oh La La: In the age of tablets and smartphones, an old-fashioned leather notebook is a refreshing addition to a desktop or a handbag. We love Smythson's girlish "Oh la la" journal, which comes in a perky shade of hot pink.
$60 at Barneys
Diane von Furstenberg Printed Travel Adapter: If your job requires tons of travel, we recommend "adapting" with Diane von Furstenberg's chic travel adapter and carrying case, which is printed in a bold geometric black and white motif.
$95 at Net-a-Porter
Leopard Print Umbrella: There's nothing professional about showing up to a meeting sopping wet. Stay prepared for the elements with Zara's scarlet leopard umbrella, which is printed with prowling leopards.
Wifi and USB Cufflinks: Ladies may not generally go for cufflinks, but this high-tech edition is so cool, we're making a case for a comeback: one side allows the wearer to wirelessly connect to wifi hotspots, while the other features two gigabytes of portable storage.
$125 at Shopbop
Marc by Marc Jacobs USB Key Chains: If cufflinks aren't your cup of tea, Marc by Marc Jacobs' sassy animal keychains allow you to transport files to and from the office while adding a little pizazz to your keychain.