Among all accessories at our disposal, the best work bags for women are perhaps in the biggest state of limbo for 2021. Do you still need a bulky tote if you have nowhere to schlep your laptop to? Is a machine-washable style preferable if you are heading back in? Are tiny bags and wristlets all you need for corner store runs? These are all valid concerns—and ones so many brands have kept in mind when designing versatile work bags for shoppers in flux.
Canvas totes and roomy, convertible styles reign supreme for essential workers with a commute, while everyday clutches and crossbody pouches are a go-to for the WFH set. (After all, you don’t really need more than your keys, wallet, and hand sanitizer if you’re stepping outside for a midday sanity walk.)
As for traditional silhouettes, those have renewed appeal in various materials (think shearling, mesh, and neoprene) that position bags as multi-use instead of for-office-only. These unconventional fabrics also feel less stuffy and formal—and play well with our comfort-first aesthetic. However long your commute is these days, shop 26 of the best work bags for women, from teddy coat lookalikes to Meghan Markle’s favorite Longchamp bag.
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