hether out on the town carrying your most important possessions, or traveling to work with the need for a bag to tote your laptop and notebook, it is necessary to have something to carry your belongings in. This article will give you many options for bags and purses, with price ranges and uses as well!. For women, bags can double as purses for when you go out on the town. For men, darker colors and boxier shapes make bags both stylish and useful. In this article, we’ll take a look at a variety of bags, including their prices, uses, and who they are best suited for. Then, you’ll be able to better decide which option is right for you. In this article, the following will be covered:

  • Best under $100 work bags
  • Best under $150 work bags
  • Best under $200 work bags
  • Best under $250 work bags
  • Best splurge bags

Best under $100 work bags

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Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet 

$50 at Nordstrom

With its reversible nature, this tote is  perfect for double duty depending on your mood. The bag is big enough to fit a 15 inch laptop with room to spare, so you can fit other items of importance along with your laptop. In addition, the bag comes with a wristlet that can fit smaller items such as money, credits cards, and other little items.

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Oakley Utility PC Case

$30 at Nordstrom Rack

For premium laptop protection in style, the Utility PC Case is for you. A plush, zippered interior safeguards your computer and the secure, zippered exterior pockets offer quick last-second storage for your essentials. The simple detailing on the front adds a masculine charm.

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A New Day Reversible Tote Bag

$37 at Target

Another reversible classic, this bag has a magnetic closure, making it easy to reach inside at your need. With its classic and chic look, this bag is sure to transition from a busy work day into the evening.

Black tote
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L.L. Bean Hunter’s Medium Open-Top Tote Bag

$35 at L.L. Bean
This rugged bag that is deemed fit for hunting, waterfowling, or dog-training can be the perfect alternative for a laptop and work bag. Coming in different sizes as well, you can choose what best fits your needs. Plain or customized, this bag is sure to keep your belongings safe from the elements.

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Samsonite Classic Two Gusset Laptop Bag

$40 on Amazon

This classic briefcase looking bag is perfect for the businessman or woman who carries both a laptop as well as other work items. Large laptops can fit comfortably in the bag, but smaller laptops fit as well. Alongside documents and other personal items, this bag is sturdy and will make you feel professional.

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Ogio Renegade Top-Zip Travel Briefcase

$67 at Nordstrom Rack

Detachable shoulder straps lend this briefcase to be both functional and versatile. The full zip front opening allows for easy access to your belongings, as well as a functional opening for storage. The interior is fabric lined with cushion padded device sleeves.

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Cole Haan Leather Messenger Bag

$100 at Nordstrom Rack

The plain nature of this bag lends itself to matching with any number of styles. If you are working or traveling, this bag can suit your needs. It has an adjustable shoulder strap and a top zip closure. The exterior features a front foldover flap pocket and back slip pocket and the interior features a laptop sleeve, dual slip media pockets, and pen slot.

Best under $150 work bags

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Baggu Basic Tote

$138 at Baggu

A minimal, everyday leather tote with a comfortable shoulder strap, this bag is sized to fit a 15 inch laptop with one interior zip pocket. Longer than a normal tote bag, it can fit more but still look sleek. The leather and finish age well, so if it gets scratches it only adds character.

Black briefcase
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Cole Haan Leather Briefcase

$120 at Nordstrom Rack

This briefcase has silver detailing that offers a simple clasp to keep your belongings safe. It is a push lock closure that seals the foldover flap. The exterior features a metal logo accent, and the interior features an under flap slip pocket and a laptop flap. With a detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, this bag will be useful and comfortable for you.

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Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

$145 at Nordstrom

Smooth, sleek nylon and embossed leather trim make this spacious tote a no-brainer for everyday versatility and elegance. It’s also great if you take lots of business trips, not only as a carry on bag, but to fold up into a smaller bag to tote along with you. Whether to carry smaller items for going out on the town or larger items such as an iPad, this is the bag for you.

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Tumi Slim Deluxe Portfolio

$140 at Nordstrom Rack

Tough ballistic nylon and smart leather trim define a modern portfolio bag with an array of pockets to keep your essentials well organized. A smart Add-A-Bag sleeve lets you attach it to the handle of your rolling luggage for ease of use. The Tumi Tracer®, a one-of-a-kind 20-digit number affixed to the bag, is registered in the Tracer database and once reported to Tumi, helps recover your bag if it is missing or stolen. This classic bag will have you feeling confident about your purchase and the items that live in it.

Best under $200 work bags

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Everlane The Day Market Tote

$180 at Everlane

This simple and sleek bag is perfect for taking to work and then transitioning to part of your evening wear. It’s roomy enough to carry a change of clothes and sneakers, and then you can go to the gym after work and still have a nice bag to carry with you to your after work activities.

Brown tote
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Madewell Transport Tote

$168 at Madewell

This bag has the option for custom personalization, up to 10 letters, so you can have your initials or a short phrase embroidered onto your bag. The simple bag looks stylish and is big enough to hold all your belongings.

Black briefcase
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Uri Minkoff Fulton Leather Briefcase

$160 at Nordstrom Rack

A durable luxe leather crafted briefcase that is sure to be a lasting staple. Dual rolled top handles are comfortable to grasp, or you can use the detachable, adjustable shoulder strap for an easy resting position on your shoulder. The top zip closure makes it easy to reach into the bag and keeps your belongings safe. The exterior features allover leather construction and one slip pocket, while the interior features a wall slip and zip pockets as well as a padded device sleeve. 

Light colored tote
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Cuyana Classic Leather Zipper Tote

$195 at Cuyana

Softly structured and secure, this lightweight classic leather zipper tote is perfect for work or a weekend getaway. It is made in Argentina by a family-owned workshop collective, and features a zipper closure as well as gold hardware. This bag fits plenty of your belongings and looks sleek while doing so.

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Everlane The Form Bag

$176 at Everlane

A comfortable strap adds stylish emphasis to this sleek bag. A magnetic closure keeps your belongings safe while being roomy enough to hold all your important possessions. It is both streamlined yet roomy, and fits a 13 inch laptop horizontally. The adjustable strap allows for it to be worn as a crossbody or on the shoulder.

Best under $250 work bags

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Tumi Compact Nylon Large Screen Computer Brief

$210 at Nordstrom Rack

This boxy briefcase has style and is still sleek with its numerous outside pockets and top opening compartment. Dual rolled top handles provide an easy to carry aspect, along with an over-the-shoulder detachable strap. Additionally, there is a two way zip closure and an exterior that feature four front zip pockets and a back zip pocket. The interior has a padded laptop sleeve.

Best Splurge Bags

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Tumi Charleston Briefcase

$262 at Nordstrom Rack

The Charleston features lots of interior organizer pockets for electronics and accessories, a dedicated tablet pocket, and room for files. It has top carry handles and a removable shoulder strap. Its features also include a 14 inch laptop pocket, two open pockets, one zip pocket, four card pockets, and a pen loop. You can easily access the front pocket since it has a magnetic snap. It is an ideal bag for the daily commute.

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Dagne Dover Signature Legend Coated Canvas Tote

$265 at Dagne Dover or Nordstrom 

A versatile bag with structure, this tote has interior pockets to keep all your personal items organized. The bag fits most 15 inch laptops, as well as a change of clothes and shoes. This allows for the perfect transition from work to evening activities. Enjoy the simplistic yet stylish nature of this great bag.

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Angela Roi Eloise Satchel

$255 at Angela Roi

This fancier vegan option is perfect for a transitional bag from daytime wear to the evening. The pebble texture gives it a timeless look, along with the gold hardware and crossbody strap. The bag folds over and the interior pockets hold your personal belongings.

Finding the right purse or laptop bag is like finding the perfect shoe or your favorite pair of jeans. It may take awhile to find the perfect fit, but it is worth it!

Jun 29, 2020