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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
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
Because you’re still a student trying to land her first internship.
The One That’s a Tiny Bit Trendy
Coach Mercer Satchel
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
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
Because you want people to notice your sense of style.
The Red Statement Bag (for Corporate Types)
Tory Burch Juliette Bag
at Tory Burch
The patent leather looks slick but not flashy.
The Mid-Level Investment Bag (for Corporate Types)
Longchamp Honoré Tote Bag
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
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
This pretty, ladylike bag is the perfect companion to your minimalist Mansur Gavriel tote.
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