What Are The Best Designer Handbags For Work?

Posted on September 22 2017

Knowing exactly how to dress in the professional realm has always been a challenge—we’re never quite sure if our shoes, jewelry, or designer handbags are appropriate, distracting, or just plain unnecessary. But don’t let that discourage you from bringing your Hermès to Monday morning’s meeting—there is a place for designer items in the workplace (as long as you do it right)!

If you’re curious about the do’s and don’ts of designer names in the workplace, just check out a previous blog of ours that delves into the topic. Then, we’ll see you back here for our top 8 “must have” professional and work bags. We’ll show you some safe bets that are guaranteed to fit nicely with your usual officewear, and then some trendier, out-of-the-box options that you can definitely get away with wearing on a casual Friday.


For our first four bags, we chose a variety of simple, clean-lined bags with classic silhouettes and a fun, yet subtle punch of personality. Our first pick is the President Classeur Black Leather Breifcase crafted by none other than Louis Vuitton—a frequent office-goer and definite safe bet when it comes to professional, yet stylish work fashion. This isn’t your ordinary briefcase; its sleek design and edgy studded accents make it a perfect tote for your everyday work day needs. Plus, its silver hardware reinforcements makes it a sturdy, masculine addition to your office wardrobe. Get it here.


Next up is the Louis Vuitton Lockme MM Black Leather Tote, which perfectly combines austere professionalism with a softer, slightly slouchier profile that you’d see on a weekend errand-running tote. This bag has plenty of room, but isn’t overbearingly rigid or stuffy—making it functional yet stylish. Minimal gold accents give this bag a pop of personality while keeping it simple and conservative. Get it here.


The Fendi 8BN293 Dot-Com Blue Leather Satchel is another great option for an unexpected yet functional office bag. The muted, dusty navy color works as the perfect neutral or accent to just about any professional ensemble. It’s roomy enough to hold most of your belongings, but isn’t clunky or burdensome. Plus, the handle options allow you to choose how you’d like to carry it, which is a really nice touch when your hands are full! Get it here.


Our last, but certainly not least pick of the litter is this go-to, laidback camel colored tote by Prada. The Prada BR5070 City Calf Noisette Brown Leather Tote’s A-lined silhouette with en open top is perfect for those of us who tend to throw a bunch of things in our bag throughout the day. With plenty of storage, easy accessability, and a stylish leather exterior, this bag hits every mark and certainly earns it place among our favorite bags for the workplace. Get it here.


Now onto the more exciting stuff—bags that make a statement in the workplace! If blending in isn’t your thing, and it’s within reason to dress yourself up a little, then we suggest going with any of these more unique bags that have a bit of a kick to get the conversation flowing. The first is this aesthetically pleasing piece by Fendi—the Fendi Petite 2Jours Monster Black & Pink Leather Satchel. The bag’s geometric lines and sleek angles offer a unique take on color blocking, allowing for the perfect opportunity to show off some color. The soft pastel color palette on top pairs wonderfully with the traditional black body that is guaranteed to go well with your existing office attire. Get it here.


You might be surprised to see a Plain Jane brown tote on the list of “out-of-the-box” picks, but take a closer look. The bag’s unique suede exterior gives a more bohemian feel to an otherwise simple or traditional tote. The Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Brown Suede Satchel features soft gold hardware, which can open doors for a whole range of warm-toned clothing you might not normally explore in your professional wardrobe. Get it here.


Ramp things up with this edgier option for the woman who’s in charge and knows it! Strutting your stuff around the office in this gorgeous Celine Stingray Nano Luggage Black & Grey Leather Tote is what everyone needs to do once in a while. While this may not necessarily be an everyday handbag, it does function as a fashionable storage item that both sticks to office dress code, yet adds a fun, flirty vibe to your conservative winter ensemble. Get it here.


We couldn’t compile this list without mentioning the Louis Vuitton W GM Gris Orfevre and Veau Cachemire Calfskin Tote—after all, what’s not to love? Its beautiful chocolate-toned exterior, classic silhouette, and practical functionality are perfectly complemented by its equally-as-notable accent features. The matching monogrammed side panels offer visual interest without being too busy or distracting, and its monochromatic color scheme keeps things interesting, yet in-check. Get it here.


Each of these designer handbags can offer the perfect addition to any office wardrobe. Whether you’re looking for a one-size-fits all tote or briefcase, or a stylish and sleek handbag for just the essentials, any of these options should be the perfect choice. Which one are you most excited about bringing to the office?

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Russia 38 40 42 44 46 48 50 52 54
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