Ask Belle: Work Briefcases and Bags
Jul 20, 2015
I’m writing today as an almost college graduate who is about to enter the world of job interviews. I want to purchase a nice bag or briefcase that will look professional but still be stylish. A briefcase makes me think of my grandfather, but is it a necessary evil of the professional world, or will a sophisticated tote suffice? Can’t wait for your response.
There are a number of options for professional bags. You can choose a structured satchel, a tote, a laptop bag, or a traditional briefcase. It simply depends on what you need to carry for your workday. Here are some options.
Briefcases. This bag from Lodis has a great look, comes in three colors, and a padded laptop compartment (some of the colors are on sale). Lodis also offers a tote-shape alternative. This soft-sided Graham briefcase is another good option.
Laptop Bags. I own this Dagne Dover bag in coated canvas. It’s tough, holds a lot, and is easy to clean. It can get a little heavy when it’s full, so if that’s a concern for you, try the Lo & Sons OMG or Brookline. For court or more important meetings, I carry a Rebecca Minkoff Knocked Up Bag (it’s also on sale).
Satchel. I love the look of this Ralph Lauren satchel. The small details, the sleek shape, the big-enough size. If you prefer a barrel shape, this Ivanka Trump bag has really clean lines and a chic look. If you’re looking for something more modern, try this Riley satchel from Michael Kors.
Tote. If you’re going to carry a tote to work, I think something with a bit of structure is your best option. This Jet Set tote is a lovely bag. I also like this Vince Camuto Leila bag. I also love the berry-hue and thick handles on this Rebecca Minkoff tote.