fact: whether you're starting your first job or just got a third promotion, a stylish yet functional work bag (that won't interfere with your 401k) is one of the most essential wardrobe foundations.
one of my favorites is the convertible tote by Foley & Corinna (also here and on sale here). it has been around long enough to become an indie classic, and i find the design to be unique and effortlessly stylish almost ten years on. it's easy to get into and close. the vertical format is roomy enough for files and a laptop, while the foldover design makes it easy to transition into an oversized clutch or crossbody for after-work, weekend, or travel. there was a time a few years ago when the bags were inconsistent in quality, but it looks like the company has since fixed those production issues. the current city totes have buttery, thick leather and a well made, sturdy finish.
some more excellent work bag picks, in order of price:
the ultra lightweight zip tote // the original and still the best in value and design; foldable and packs away into nothing for travel.
the basic leather carryall // pared-down but still stylish and spacious enough for the workday to weekend.
the minimalist luxe tote // this is my go-to somewhat structured open tote (see my review); elegant, clean lines with an adjustable shoulder strap.
the slouchy chic messenger // another low key chic design in a soft leather and utilitarian design. bonus: you can get yours monogrammed too!
the portfolio clutch // not as roomy as the others, but a very chic portfolio/convertible clutch style with room for laptop and files (featured here).
what's your go-to work bag?
P.S.: more in the series: the best sandals under $100.