Getting dressed for work shouldnâ€™t be a bore. Welcome toÂ Business Casualâ€” here to make your weekdays easier.
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 â€” big days, nerve-racking days, career-making days â€” 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 youâ€™re still a student trying to land her first internship.
Zara Embossed City Bag $70, Zara
The edges of this bag hint at fallâ€™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 canâ€™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 HonorÃ© 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
Hereâ€™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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