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10 women's work bags to ease you back into office life

Where style meets substance

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Christian Vierig

The best work bags will make your life easier and support your schedule – whether that's a lunchtime gym class, a last-minute business trip or evening events.

If you're heading back to the office after a long WFH stint, why not treat yourself to a trusty new bag to kick of the 'new normal'? Most options for women tend to prioritise style over substance but practicality should always be a key factor. While your on-trend baguette may look chic, the inevitable entourage of totes behind it (carrying your gym kit and packed lunch) most certainly don't.

The good news is, there are plenty of accessories out there with capacity for laptops, tablets and files that won't look frumpy or oversized. Plus, designers are experimenting with silhouettes to create versatile options, so you can switch up your look and get more use out of your investment. From convertible totes and weekend hold-alls, to timeless second-hand investments, these are 10 of the best work bags out there.

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1 Cos

Cos' black leather bag is deceptively roomy with its accordion structure (you'll fit a small laptop, purse and make-up essentials in there) and has an adjustable strap so you can carry it in-hand or on the shoulder.

2 Saint Laurent

If you're looking for a forever piece to take to the office, get the most from your investment with a classic design. Saint Laurent's Niki tote is as timeless as it gets with its croc-embossed patent leather and chain-trimmed handle. It's big enough to hold a small laptop, but will look just as good on the weekend with a Breton top and jeans.

3 Kate Spade

Kate Spade's shopper isn't called the All Day for nothing: it'll fit your laptop, notebooks and make-up essentials effortlessly (if you don't believe us, see it in action here). If the open top poses a security issue, fret not, this one comes with a detachable zip pouch so you can keep your valuables safes.

4 Polène
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The best desk-to-dinner bags don't sacrifice practicality for style: Polène's is structured enough to keep your tablet safe and fitted with three pockets for smaller valuables. Carry yours in-hand during the working day then attach the cross-body strap once you clock off.

5 DeMellier

Sometimes the bung-it-all-in bags are the best: freeing yourself from the extra tote obligation on gym day is truly liberating. DeMellier's Maxi Los Angeles design just happens to be effortlessly chic as well as roomy, thanks to its ruched shape and bohemian braided strap.

6 Celine

If you've got a day of meetings and don't want to be lugging your laptop around all day, Celine's barely-there shoulder bag is ideal. This one is smart enough for the office, but it'll work on the weekend too; the crescent moon shape feels instantly bohemian when the adjustable strap is worn cross-body.

7 Away

Business trips might be slightly limited at the moment, but there will come a time when travelling for work is the norm again. Do it with ease, ditching the handbag and weekender combo for Away's sleek carry-on suitcase. The effortless four wheel glide is a blessing when you're rushing from meeting to meeting, plus there's an inbuilt battery for charging your phone on the go.

8 Mulberry pre-loved

As part of its Made To Last initiative (the brand aims to be completely carbon neutral by 2035), Mulberry has launched The Mulberry Exchange where you can buy pre-loved bags online and in store. Not only is this a great way to shop sustainably, you can save a bit of money and nab yourself a one-of-a-kind pieces in the meantime. We've spotted some iconic accessories on the site; including the OG Alexa (with that coveted worn-in look that only comes from natural wear and tear) and this croc-embossed black Bayswater that's perfect for the office.

9 Stella McCartney

Unlike your standard desk-to-dinner bag, one for both work and play won't look out of place in super casual situations. Stella McCartney has updated her signature chain-trimmed Falabella tote in a lustrous faux nubuck leather and lined it in baby-pink logo-jacquard satin for a luxury feel. Its finished with a nifty zip pocket and chain trims that extend to a top handle and over-the-shoulder straps.

10 Antler

If you don't want to wheel a suitcase around when you're heading from meeting to meeting on business trips, Antler's uber lightweight luggage is ideal. Made from shower-proof nylon, this bag is spacious enough for a weekend's worth of clothes but will fit in the hold on flights. The detachable shoulder strap and numerous interior pockets (with capacity for a 15" laptop) make it a practical choice for business trips.

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