If you’re searching for something savvy enough to been seen in the C-suite but won’t cost you an entire two-week’s pay, this list is for you. Every bag is under $300 and they’re roomy enough to carry the following essentials: iPhone, iPad, make-up bag, water bottle, keys and hand lotion. Highly rated by working women across the country, sophisticated in design and time-tested in wear, these win our vote as the top seven bags any working woman would be proud to own.
[easyazon_image add_to_cart=”default” align=”left” asin=”B005SIO7Y4″ cloaking=”default” height=”160″ localization=”default” locale=”US” nofollow=”default” new_window=”default” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41%2BvCGxteeL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”aboutabag-20″ width=”160″] Michael Kors Jet Set Women’s Travel ToteHands-down, slam-dunk a working woman favorite. My wife says she has gotten the most compliments from wearing this bag than any she’s ever owned. It complements the business-casual look beautifully and it also travels like a dream and can double as a carry-on for business trips. It comes in eleven colors, made of imported Saffiano leather (note that it’s not of the sturdier kind to make it durable for travel and business) and measures 13.75 inches high and 14.25 inches wide. Plenty of room for a small sized portfolio and of course an iPad, iPhone and Kindle. You can often find it on Amazon for under $250 which is a steal!
“Received multiple compliments. I absolutely adore this bag.” –KAC
“The leather is authentic and very thick, very spacious, the zipper runs smoothly…” Beatriz
“I’m very impressed and my expectations were exceeded!!” Amber
This bag was especially designed for a busy, working woman. The beautiful leather binding and tassel gives it a feminine kick but it holds some serious stuff, too. Not only will it fit an iPad but it fits just about every size laptop by Dell, Toshiba, and Apple MacBook Pro. If you have to bring a laptop to work, this is the best bag for you. It prides itself on being three times the size of the average business woman’s bag. Comes in both red and black and available now for under $150.
“This bag is stunning! I use it for carting around my computer when I head to the coffee shop to work.” -Holly Marie
“God Bless the creator of this laptop bag! I absolutely, 100% love this bag!” -Blessing 2015
“As I removed the briefcase from the box, I was delighted to find that the bag is light weight and can stand on its own.” -Janet B
Nothing communicates casual class like a good Kate Spade bag. Luxurious, well-crafted and classy while embodying a spirit of fun, this brand especially works well for the working woman who likes to dress in J. Crew and add some flair to the business casual standard look. This bag comes in six colors ranging from classy to bold and 15 inches wide and nine inches high.
“Simply beautiful!! Love the color, and the leather is soft and supple.” -Lizzy
“This bag might be labeled “mini”, I would say this is more medium size as compared to it’s large size counterpart.” -April Ellis
“Great quality, classy, Kate Spade and great price from Amazon. Me happy.” -Memo2008
AmeriLeather Casual Leather Tote If you’re on an especially tight budget, this is a great bag for you if you want to keep that professional look but not spend a ton of money. Seven colors and you can’t beat the price. It’s made of leather and has two separate compartments for you to organize your contents. The product dimensions are 3.5 x 13.2 x 10.8 inches so it’s on the smaller side but it’s a great interview bag and one that you could purchase as a starter if you’re a new working professional.
“With a doubt, the best purchase I made this year.. It was a small gift for myself and am enjoying it daily.” -Cynthia Ann Lundy
“Received the bag today, and for the money it is just great.” -Living Artist
“This is almost the perfect bag.” -Cub Mom
This is the only cross body messenger bag that makes the list because I think it’s so sleek, it deserves a nod. It has a real European look to it and in fact this type of bag is sold in upscale luggage story in the U.K. and throughout Europe. The leather is soft and durable and it’s great if you want something comfortable, classy and functional.
“This purse was one of the best purchases I have made in a long, long time. The leather is soft and luxurious, and the interior is understated class.” Laura Heagy
“The leather is so soft and there is a place for everything – without clutter.” -Treva Blanton
“The messenger bag is fantastic. Plenty of pockets and space inside. The leather is beautiful!” Mcpatta
A simple, understated, classic bag. This comes in three neutral colors and the dimensions are 6 x 17.5 x 10.5 inches. The interior multi-function pockets are a huge bonus for women who like to stuff their purses with extra items and keep them organized. It works well as a personal purse as well as a business bag.
“Soft, supple leather, but not too soft, as it stands up on the four little feet it has on the bottom.” -Lynnibo
“I love this bag. It’s plenty big enough to fit folders full of papers and a laptop, but it doesn’t overwhelm my small frame.” -Shoe Maven
“This bag is perfect for travel, just the right amount of inside pockets and the outside pocket fits my cell perfectly.” -BDubbs
If you need a more heavy-duty type briefcase to hold a laptop but you find the briefcase options too bulky, this is an ideal option. The dimensions of the bag are quite larger than that of a typical business bag at 3.2 x 14 x 12.5 inches but it’s extremely sleek, tasteful and practical. Several people who’ve reviewed this bag say they’ve owned it for several years and it’s not only stood the test of time–it travels incredibly well.
“I’ve had this bag for over 8 (that’s right, I said 8!) years and it looks just as good today as it did the day my husband bought it for me as a gift.” -A_Book_Fan
“I used it every day, including my long travel days. Got many compliments through the years, and my bad is still good as new.” -MZhao
“This was the first Lodis bag I bought and I loved it, it lasted nearly 5 years & amassed many frequent flier miles with me.” -EngineerChic
As a working woman, your handbag of choice speaks volumes about your taste. It’s arguably the most important accessory you will ever own. And it’s important you feel good about your investment and select one that matches your personal style and professional needs. The bag market is saturated with choices but we personally believe these seven are among the very best.