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12 Impressive-Looking Bags for Your Next Big Meeting

The ultimate power bag.

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Some days, all you need for work is a roomy tote bag that can carry your gym clothes. Some days, you want a tiny shoulder style, something pretty that can take you from the office to dinner on a Friday night. And some days — big days, nerve-racking days, career-making days — you need a power bag.

A power bag is the confidence-boosting carryall that you take into a big meeting or job interview. The brand and price tag might vary, but all power bags have the same characteristics: structure (to project authority), space (so you can bring your laptop or iPad with you), and a solid-colored exterior (anything else can look unserious.) Even if the interior is full of crumpled receipts and Luna Bar wrappers, a power bag makes you look like you have your life together. Scroll ahead for 12 of our favorites at every budget.

The Entry-Level Satchel

Cambridge Satchel Poppy Bag
$210 at Shopbop

Ready for that assistant job? Upgrade from your fast-fashion purse to this real-leather purse.

The Bag Equivalent of a Xanax

MICHAEL Michael Kors Mercer Large Tote
Sale Price: $238 (20 pecent off) at Michael Kors

Focus on the calming blue tones of this bag and take some deep breaths to drive those interview jitters away.
Original Price: $298

The Bargain Buy (That Doesn’t Look Like One)

Zara Embossed City Bag
$70 at Zara

Because you’re still a student trying to land her first internship.

The One That’s a Tiny Bit Trendy

Coach Mercer Satchel
$395 at Coach

The edges of this bag hint at fall’s big Western trend without making you look like you moonlight as a cowpoke.

The Kate Middleton-y One

Furla Peggy Medium Dome Satchel
$478 at Shopbop

Yes, she usually carries tiny clutches, but can’t you picture this pale pink style with her conservative-yet-stylish dresses?

The Red Statement Bag (For Creative Gigs)

Elizabeth and James Eloise textured-leather shoulder bag
$495 at Net-a-Porter

Because you want people to notice your sense of style.

The Red Statement Bag (for Corporate Types)

Tory Burch Juliette Bag
$558 at Tory Burch

The patent leather looks slick but not flashy.

The Mid-Level Investment Bag (for Corporate Types)

Longchamp Honoré Tote Bag
$615 at Longchamp

Always bet on black.

The Mid-Level Investment Bag (for Creative Types)

Marni Textured Leather Tote
Sale Price: $720 (60 percent off) at The Outnet

Or, if you work in an arty environment: Always bet on Marni.
Original Price: $1,800

The Best Designer Deal

Jil Sander Textured-leather tote
Sale Price: $652 (60 percent off) at The Outnet

Here’s a good deal on a minimalist leather tote.
Original Price: $1,630

A Non-Black Bag You Won’t Regret

MCM Ella Boston Bag
$695 at MCM

Dark gray is more interesting than classic black, but this still looks very professional.

Because You Already Own Their Tote

Mansur Gavriel Posternak leather top-handle bag
$895 at MATCHESFASHION

This pretty, ladylike bag is the perfect companion to your minimalist Mansur Gavriel tote.

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12 Impressive-Looking Bags for Your Next Big Meeting