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12 Impressive-Looking Bags for Your Next Big Meeting

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Some days, all you need for work is a roomy tote bag that can carry your gym clothes. Some days, you want a tiny shoulder style, something pretty that can take you from the office to dinner on a Friday night. And some days — big days, nerve-racking days, career-making days — you need a power bag.

A power bag is the confidence-boosting carryall that you take into a big meeting orjob interview. The brand and price tag might vary, but all power bags have the same characteristics: structure (to project authority), space (so you can bring your laptop or iPad with you), and a solid-colored exterior (anything else can look unserious.) Even if the interior is full of crumpled receipts and Luna Bar wrappers, a power bag makes you look like you have your life together. Scroll ahead for 12 of our favorites at every budget.

Ready for that assistant job? Upgrade from your fast-fashion purse to this real-leather purse.

Cambridge Satchel Poppy Bag $210, Shopbop

Focus on the calming blue tones of this bag and take some deep breaths to drive those interview jitters away.
Original Price: $298

MICHAEL Michael Kors Mercer Large Tote Sale Price: $238 (20 pecent off), Michael Kors

Because you’re still a student trying to land her first internship.

Zara Embossed City Bag $70, Zara

The edges of this bag hint at fall’s big Western trend without making you look like you moonlight as a cowpoke.

Coach Mercer Satchel $395, Coach

Yes, she usually carries tiny clutches, but can’t you picture this pale pink style with her conservative-yet-stylish dresses?

Furla Peggy Medium Dome Satchel $478, Shopbop

Because you want people to notice your sense of style.

Elizabeth and James Eloise textured-leather shoulder bag $495, Net-a-Porter

The patent leather looks slick but not flashy.

Tory Burch Juliette Bag $558, Tory Burch

Always bet on black.

Longchamp Honoré Tote Bag $615, Longchamp

Or, if you work in an arty environment: Always bet on Marni.
Original Price: $1,800

Marni Textured Leather Tote Sale Price: $720 (60 percent off), The Outnet

Here’s a good deal on a minimalist leather tote.
Original Price: $1,630

Jil Sander Textured-leather tote Sale Price: $652 (60 percent off), The Outnet

Dark gray is more interesting than classic black, but this still looks very professional.

MCM Ella Boston Bag $695, MCM

This pretty, ladylike bag is the perfect companion to your minimalist Mansur Gavriel tote.

Mansur Gavriel Posternak leather top-handle bag $895, MATCHESFASHION

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