Finding a reliable work bag that you don’t have to change out every day is a lot easier said than done. It has to be big and functional but still professional — and since most of us go straight from work to drinks and dinner, you want something with a bit of personality. Of course, we’re all saving our pennies for a Céline Trotteur cross-body, but in the meantime, you still need a sophisticated, high-quality way to lug around all your stuff. From H&M’s suede hobo to Everlane’s extra-large tote, click ahead for all the bags you’ll ever need under $300.
The key to buying a bag under $50 is to look for one that’s sturdy, with minimal logo branding (which can look tacky). H&M’s suede bag has separate compartments inside to keep you organized, or try Urban Outfitter’s reversible tote to switch things up.
At just under $100, these bags have a little more design. Some, like Danielle Nicole’s zip satchel or Zara’s holdall shoulder bag with gold metallic clasp, are also adorned with just a touch of shiny hardware. If you need something a little more structured, Cole Haan’s bag has dual top handles, adjustable straps, and lots of pockets.
The big difference in spending almost $200 on a bag is the leather quality. This Baggu tote is free-form but has the gloss of an expensive Mansur Gavriel bag. For a chic minimalist look, Topshop’s soft suede bag is a great alternative to classic black if you’re looking for a versatile style that will match everything.
At under $300, the bags become more about sophistication and size. Brahmin’s croc bag is a more grown-up version of the trendy bucket bag, as is Coach’s classic duffle. This pale-pink bag from MICHAEL Michael Kors is a great option if you’re looking to try a neutral that’s not nude, or go for Everlane’s extra-large tote, which is known for its durability.