Among all the accessories at our disposal, the best work bags for women are perhaps in the biggest state of limbo this year. Do you still need a bulky carryall if you have nowhere to schlep your laptop? Is a machine-washable tote bag preferable if you are heading back in? Are tiny bags and minimalist wristlets all you need for runs to the corner store? These are all valid concerns—and many brands have (thankfully!) kept them in mind when designing versatile work bags for shoppers in flux.
Canvas totes and roomy shoulder bags reign supreme for essential workers with a commute, while everyday clutches and crossbody pouches are a go-to for the WFH set. (After all, you don’t really need more than your keys, wallet, and hand sanitizer if you’re stepping outside for a midday walk.)
As for traditional silhouettes, those have renewed appeal in various materials (think GOTS-certified organic cotton, vegan leather, and neoprene) that position bags as multiuse instead of for-office-only. These fabrics also feel less stuffy and formal—and play well with our comfort-first aesthetic. However long your commute is these days, shop 18 of the best work bags for women, from convertible options to Meghan Markle’s favorite Longchamp bag.
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