Over the last couple of weeks my friend Allie have been obsessed with finding the perfect work bag.
I must admit, finding the right work bag is quite a challenge. It has to be practical (it is a work bag after all) and it’s got to look good, and it needs to match your work outfits since you’re likely to spend most of your days carrying that same bag.
My friend Allie had an additional dilemma. Here’s her story:
” The bag it was replacing was truly a bag after my heart – it was black with interesting details and had a classy chain handle. The lining of my bag was hot pink – many a times in the office lift have I caught envious glances from other women as I opened my bag to reveal its lining and I must admit, the bag-envy expressions on their faces brought a smile to my face.
I was determined – my new bag had to be just right. It had to be office-chic and functional,it should complement my work clothes and also add a small dazzle of personality to complete my look, and above all, it must not, must not, be a loud statement piece because I love wearing fun clothes and jewellery to work and they weren’t about to give way to a fancy new bag.
A mental list of “non-negotiables” started piling in my head:
- Bag must go with most work outfits
- Bag must fit A4 paper ~ a pet peeve of mine is to bring reading materials home only to find them folded and crinkled
- Bag must have phone compartment
- Bag must not be heavy – it’s an accessory not a gym equipment
- Bag must not be so small as to require daily bag clean-ups because let’s face it, that was never going to happen.
Luckily, there is an abundance of choices out there. Whether you’re after a structured bag or something more fluid, classic black or trendy neutrals, matt and demure or fashionably patent, there is sure to be a bag out there to capture your heart.
Classic black – it’s all in the details
DKNY French grain shopper bag
Hobbs Polly Croc bag £199
Mimco Molten Hobo bag $499
Oroton bag $895
Sick of black but still want a bag that complements every outfit? Try a neutral tone to match your Kate Middleton pumps or warmer shades to wear with your caramel boots.
Oroton bag $595
Milan Designing (available on Etsy) $99 USD
Oroton bag $795
Kate Spade Post street little nadine $458 USD
How about something pastel to add some colour to the whites and neutral tones of your summer wardrobe?
Marcs Kelly soft satchel shoulder bag $229
Kate Spade Katherine street louise bag $438 USD
Collette bag $49.95
Classy and bold
For the girl who is up for making a statement with their outfit, why not let your handbag shine?
Bottega Veneta Bag
Review Kaylee Bag $99.95
Marcs bag $229
What do you think?
Do you go for the classics and keep it safe? Or do you like something bold with a statement?
Is it more important to have the right size so it’s practical or getting the aesthetics right?
Do you use the one bag for work or do you tend to interchange bags depending on your outfit?
Let us know!