The season of indulgence is over and now we have to face the music: It’s back to work and a whole new year awaits. But don’t let this fact be a daunting one. Instead of pulling a long face while dragging your feet back to the office, give yourself a fresh start by arming yourself with a new work bag.
New year, new you, we say. From the classic and timeless pieces of Chanel and Celine to the wallet-friendly yet stylish bags of Zara and Charles & Keith and more, we’ve got you covered.
Spotted on celebrities such as K-idol Lisa of BLACKPINK, Lady Gaga, and Angelina Jolie, Hedi Slimane’s new office-appropriate bag is definitely a highly coveted piece. This smooth lambskin brown number is our favourite as it is both versatile and functional.
A roomy bag is great to store your everyday essentials. Go for this Chanel piece that comes in an eye-catching cerulean blue and their iconic tweed, which will stand out against a skirt-suit ensemble.
Named after the ancient French city of Arles, Gucci’s new Arli bag has a touch of old school glamour, which will shine against your contemporary working girl wardrobe.
Wear it with a maxi dress and a pair of block-heel pumps for extra pizzazz.
A black purse doesn’t have to be dowdy and boring. This Loewe piece makes the staple that much more interesting by adding definition and depth with python print details on its straps.
A timeless work bag doesn’t mean it has to be on the mundane colour spectrum of brown or black. Go for something cheery to brighten up your mood, like this bright yellow piece from Acne Studios. In fact, it will enliven your black shirt and pencil skirt combo.
If you frequently hit the gym during lunch breaks, stuff your gym clothes and toiletries into this sturdy, large tote bag instead.
Don’t forget to bring along a nylon garment bag for your wet garments to prevent getting moisture onto this stylish piece.
Get a tote that has more detail, like this tanned Mansur Gavriel piece that sports fringe straps and a light pink matte patent interior. Complement this soft colour with a striking printed number and a pair of ballerina flats.
This Aesther Ekme bag is different from any other duffel bags out there. The harsh rigid shape is destroyed and reinterpreted with a new, feminine silhouette.
Wear this soft chrome green piece with a brown midi dress for a sophisticated look.
This sophisticated and professional Zara purse will look fantastic when worn with a light blue shirt and a midi skirt.
Or, dress it down with a white tee and a pair of denim jeans for casual Friday.
A genuine leather bag can last you for a long period of time, provided you treat them with care. This piece from Zara rocks, because not only is it made of 100 per cent cow leather, it is also cheaper compared to designer labels.
What’s more, its timeless design means it can be worn with any number of outfits. We’re sold.
An oversized tote bag is spacious enough to carry along your lunch box, wallet, keys, phone and more.
What we love about this bag is that the handle is made out of rope — a breath of fresh air from those made of leather.
Don’t play safe when it comes to your purse — it’s the only office appropriate accessory that you can play around with and not get into trouble.
So, opt for one that comes in quirky stripe prints, like this piece from Pedro.
If you are into rock ‘n’ roll, get this Aldo number. The studded details on the rim of the bag exude a tough, rocker edge.
Get a purse that’s both fun and office-appropriate, like this Charles & Keith that sports a trapezium shape and a chain handle.
Wear this piece with a neatly pressed striped shirt tucked into a pencil skirt for a serious approach.
A stylish, yet roomy bucket bag is great if you want to reach in for your belongings with ease.
This brown piece will look ultra trendy against a khaki coloured jumpsuit and a pair of black stilettos.