Working women are constantly judged. We need to overprepare just to be respected and simultaneously need to stay chic and fashionable but professional and sleek. The process of selecting a workplace bag is no different. There’s a lot of thought that we put into picking the perfect bag.
So what does the perfect bag entail? It needs to toe the line between utilitarian and stylish, but not just any bag is going to manage to carry everything you need to make it through the day. That is… unless you’re Mary Poppins!
In the same way that every woman is unique, so are their needs in a bag. So to help you narrow down the best picks, we’ve put together seven of our picks for the best women’s business backpacks and totes that we absolutely swear by. These bags fulfill the duality that we all need: being stylish and, more importantly, getting the job done.
Our Favorite Women’s Business Backpacks and Totes
Price: $298 / Dimensions: 10.6″ x 16.5″ x 5.5″ / Shoulder Strap: 10″
This cross-grain leather tote comes in lychee, tutu pink, and black, giving you plenty of options to pick from to match your style. Because it’s 16.5 inches wide, there is plenty of space for a 13-inch laptop. It has multiple pockets including an interior zipper pocket and a snap-tab slip pocket so you can keep all your belongings organized, which will definitely be needed because there is plenty of space for a water bottle, wallet, laptop, notebooks, phone, and any other work essentials.
Price: $128 / Dimensions: 12.75” x 15” x 5.37” / Shoulder Strap: 10 inches
With its floral print and flower charm, this tote is a cute, fun alternative to simpler bags. If you’re looking for a bag with a bit more personality on the smaller side, this is the perfect bag for you. It has an interior wall with zip and slip pockets and a removable zippered pouch, but the inside compartment is completely open, which is good for someone not looking for so much structure in their bag.
This bag won’t fit a laptop, but maybe a small tablet and other workplace essentials, which will all stay secure thanks to the zippered top.
$358 / Dimension: Height: 11.8″ x 15.5″ x 5.8″ / Shoulder Strap: 9.2″
This adorable canvas tote sports a beautiful ivory/blue double-link pattern dotted with individually embroidered and hand-sewn daisies. This bag holds a 15-inch laptop, has one interior hanging pocket, and a magnetic snap closure and zipper for added security. The interior is simple, open, and great for someone who isn’t looking for dividers or unnecessary pockets that would hinder what could be kept inside the tote. And this one is great for miscellaneous work essentials!
$74.99 / Dimensions: 12.25” x 17.75” x 8.00”
Don’t let the price fool you or the retailer fool you; this backpack has all the bells and whistles. With its padded-reinforced shoulder straps, this women’s business backpack has a main compartment, secondary compartment, a padded laptop storage pocket (with a stylus pocket!), a front pocket, an expandable water bottle pocket, and an easy-access side pocket!
Need another reason to check it out? It even has a power bank pocket for remote charging! This water-resistant, vegan, faux-leather bag is the perfect travel backpack for women on the go.
$138 / Dimensions: 15″ × 15.5″ × 5″ / Shoulder Strap: 10″
If you’re looking for a simple, unconventional tote with more than enough space for all your workplace essentials, this is the perfect bag for you. Longer than it is wide, this minimalistic bag gives you space to carry everything you could possibly need for the day without feeling bulky or encumbered.
The shape of this bag would be perfect for someone who needs to carry a lot during the day but doesn’t want to take up too much real estate on the subway or public transit. In soft blue and chocolate, this full grain leather bag and 100% cotton (that was 65% recycled) canvas lining is the perfect bag for a businesswoman looking for something simple and unique.
–$275 / Dimensions: 18″ x 11.5″ x 5″ / Shoulder strap: 8.5″
Gunas built their company around three principles: handmade and sweatshop-free, always animal-free, and environmentally conscious and plant-based.
So if you’re looking for a cruelty-free bag, Gunas presents a variety of beautiful options. The Miley style, named after vegan activist Miley Cyrus, comes in a variety of colors, fits a 15-inch laptop, multiple pockets, slots, pen holder features, and a recycled plastic bottle lining.
$398 / Dimensions: Not listed
This unique backpack has a different look – it’s shaped like a handbag – and has a handle so you can carry it as a handbag as well if you don’t want to use the backpack shoulder straps.
The bag comes in beige, carbon, cognac, and sunflower in burnished Italian leather. The top zippers closed, there is an exterior slip pocket, an interior padded tech compartment, zip pocket, and two wall pockets.
Do you have a bag that you can’t live without? Tell us about it in the comment section below!