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11 Sophisticated Work Bags Under $250

These aren’t under $250 but you can use them as inspiration. Photo: Nabile Quenum

Figuring out what to wear to work shouldn’t be a bore. To make your weekdays easier, welcome to Business Casual. Every Wednesday, we’ll highlight the best office-appropriate clothes, whether it’s for the job you have or the one you want.

Some bags are meant for having a good time — you want them perched on your wrist while shimmying and shaking with a cocktail in hand. And others are more practical. They’re the workhorses of your closet and take the abuse that comes with being used day-in and day-out. On any given weekday you’re rushing out the door with the contents of your life dangling from your shoulders. For some that means just a set of keys and a wallet while for others it’s all of that plus a laptop, makeup, and maybe a granola bar or two. No matter how much junk you need to schlep, you don’t need to spend a lot to get an office-ready, chic work bag. Scroll down to shop our favorites under $250 and save that extra cash for your next, much deserved vacation.

Pascal Bag
Sale Price: $33 (43 percent off) at Need Supply

If you’ve always wanted a light-colored bag but feared ruining it, here’s an inexpensive one that won’t have you running away from glasses of red wine.
Original Price: $58

Topshop Faux Leather Tote
$45 at Nordstrom

The slim gold handle and unique shade of blue will have people fooled into thinking this cost ten times as much as it actually does.

Mango Flap Chain Bag
$70 at Mango

What your grandma would deem to be a respectable-looking “pocketbook”.

Iris & Ink Tasseled Leather Shoulder Bag
$230 at The Outnet

If you’re a Mansur Gavriel fan and wanted their lady bag but couldn’t justify the price, this one is very similar for a lot less.

& Other Stories Bucket Bag
$145 at & Other Stories

Gold-handled bags are one of those rare trends you can actually wear to the office. Here’s a deep-navy version of the style.

Cambridge Satchel Poppy Bag
Sale Price: $165 (30 percent off) at Shopbop

Are you an accident-prone person? Buy a Saffiano leather bag — you can scratch it, spill stuff, and it looks good with minimal effort.
Original Price: $235

Just Female Brother Bag
$175 at Need Supply

Don’t like big totes? This shoulder style fits your wallet, makeup, and keys without turning into a black hole.

Steven Alan Kate Satchel
Sale Price: $237 (40 percent off) at Shopbop

Yes, the color is trendy but the roomy bag is also practical and on sale for 40 percent off.
Original Price: $395

Diane von Furstenberg Moon Large Bag
Sale Price: $241 (40 percent off) at MATCHESFASHION

Our friends over at the Strategist posted a similar style awhile back and it sold out so if you didn’t get it the first time, here’s your chance.
Original Price: $403

Everlane The Twill Zip Tote
$48 at Everlane

When you have to lug around a laptop, a sleek twill tote is lighter and more gentle on your back than any leather option.

Zara Soft Tote Bag with Metallic Handles
$36 at Zara

Here’s another trendy but work-appropriate option to make your weekday outfits feel more interesting.

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11 Sophisticated Work Bags Under $250