Your work bag is the one handbag that is worth investing in. It has to be functional as well as fabulous! From space to fit your laptop to extra compartments for your phone, wallet and lipstick, this is the accessory that has to work as hard as you do.
The new, Autumn Winter 2015 season bags are now on shop floors and online stores, so it is the perfect opportunity to update your wardrobe with a new piece! Before you hit refresh and invest, see our lowdown on the best bags for the office, from the bargains (which will still go the distance) to the real break the bank designer goods. Go forth, working woman, and get a bag that means business!
1. Kidman leather bag
Say hello to the Kidman! This bag is as sleek as its actress namesake. With three interior pockets and a front pouch, it’s super practical as well as gorgeous. The classic shape is made to last with durable construction and the neutral colour with mock-croc effect is timeless.
Kidman leather bag, $592, from Cool Find K-Style
2. Charles and Keith
Singapore brand Charles & Keith never fails to produce fresh beauties each season. I am currently coveting this this ‘Top Handle Work Bag’ in teal (I have a penchant for turquoise)! Available in a variety of colours including peach and black for the more classically inclined.
PU bag with shoulder strap, $95.90 from Charles & Keith
3. Mansur Gavriel Lady Bag
Insanely popular brand Mansur Gavriel of bucket bag fame are back with new designs! We’ve already fallen for this beyond chic aptly named Lady Bag, a satchel style with a top handle and a shoulder strap. We love the buttery soft look of the leather mixed with the structured shape. New It bag alert, you heard it here first!
Currently available by pre-order from Mansur Gavriel online. Large from $1,467 and medium from $1,250
4. Givenchy Nightingale bag
The iconic Nightingale was Givenchy's first 'it' bag. Reintroduced in a cleaner, purer aesthetic almost ten years after its debut on the runway, Riccardo Tisci has reimagined the luxe classic in exotic skins, velvet and even goat fur! Roomy enough to carry your laptop and still look chic, this bag is made for those who favour a darker workwear palette of charcoal and black.
Mixed exotic leather bag, $12,650 Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, see your nearest Givenchy store here.
5. Saint Laurent Sac de Jour
Subtle and understated, this Saint Laurent tote is like the LBD of the handbag world. With its accordion structured sides and detachable padlock, you can adjust the way you wear it according to your workday load.
Leather tote by YSL, $4,151.32 from SheShops.com
6. Dakota Leather backpack
If your office favours a more cool and casual dress code, then you may want a bag to follow suit. This leather backpack from K-Style is equal parts slouchy and sleek. The white leather and zip closure adds some class to the practical style with its foldover clutch effect. Perfect if you cycle or bike to the office!
7. Fendi Degrade Peekaboo
The Peekaboo has become a staple handbag since its launch in 2009. This season, I fell in love at first sight with the Degrade version of it! In a textured gradient of patent leather to worn-looking suede, the painterly patchwork effect for this new take on the versatile piece has me crushing hard. Personalise it further with Fendi's iconic furry charms and clip on coloured straps.
Calf leather Regular Peekaboo, $5870 from Fendi
On the fence about investing in a luxe bag? See our debate on if designer bags are really worth the price here.