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The 18 Best Work Bags for Women Under $250

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Last year we tried to find the best work bags for women under $100. It wasn’t easy. To qualify, a bag had to have pockets. It had to be big enough for a day’s worth of stuff. It needed to come in a color that would either go with all of your clothing, or clash pleasingly with everything you own. And of course, it had to be non-hideous. At $100, this turns out to be borderline impossible. So this year, we raised the budget to $250. And you know what? While we obviously found a lot more nice-looking, practical bags in that range, we also turned up some hidden gems that are under $100, including a few that cost less than $50. Which is great, because while the Cut loves a truly beautiful luxury handbag, we also believe style should be accessible to everyone.

Read on for to check out our discoveries.

The Bag That Made Us Do a Double-Take

Hoxis Minimalist Faux Leather Tote

Your eyes are not deceiving you: This really does cost under $20. It just looks much more expensive because of the simple design and pretty coral hue.

If You Want Something Small, But Not Too Small

Catmicoo Shoulder Bag

Reviewers say this compact bag has a surprisingly large interior — you can easily fit an iPad mini, your wallet, and even a small water bottle.

The Throwback Bag

COACH Womens Dufflette in Natural Calf Leather

Not every ’90s throwback trend is work-appropriate — JNCOs and Skechers, anyone? — but this ’90s-inspired bag is.

If You’re Picky About Leather

Fossil Maya Small Hobo Purse Handbag

Reviewers love how soft and luxurious this handbag feels.

A Classic Black Bag

Simple Life Large Tote Bag

Mansur Gavriel vibes for about the cost of a Sweetgreen salad and an iced tea.

If You Want Something Slightly Trendy

MANTOBRUCE Leather Handbag

With plenty of compartments, you’ll be able to find your keys and wallet quickly. And the line of studs up the side keep it from feeling too dull.

If You Love Everlane

Everlane Form Bag

Your favorite brand made the perfect work bag.

If You’re Into Neutrals

Iris & Ink Nevaeh leather shoulder bag

Sleek and minimal to go with your head-to-toe shades of brown.

The Designer Dupe

Iris & Ink Alvida suede shoulder bag

Is it The Row? Margiela? Only you know the truth.

The Artsy One

& Other Stories Pleated Leather Bucket Bag

Who says you have to carry a big tote? If you prefer a well-designed bag and like to travel light, this is the one for you.

The Fun, Bright One

Delilah Leather Bucket Bag

Bright yellow was a surprisingly trendy color on the fall runways and you can get in on the look with this bucket bag.

A Stylish Backpack

Sole Society Deana Faux Leather Backpack

If you’re lugging a laptop and gym clothes and want to relieve the load on your back, try a grown-up looking backpack.

If You Need a Big Bag

Urban Originals Truly Madly Kind Vegan Leather Tote

Measuring at 15.5 inches wide by 13.5 inches high by 8 inches deep, this has more than enough room for everything you’re carrying around. Worried about losing your stuff? Add some pouches for organization.

The Trendy Buy

MALIBU SKYE Large Faux Leather Tote

The little tote handle make it appropriate for post-work plans.

The Sporty Option

Rains Mini Waterproof Backpack

Made to be waterproof, even in the worst downpours, this backpack comes in a pretty lavender, pale blue, and classic black. Added bonus: There’s a hidden pocket next to the right strap, so you can access your phone and keys quickly.

For Madewell Fans

Madewell Medium Leather Transport Tote

The brand’s aptly named Transport tote is a perennial favorite and for good reason — it’s soft, lightweight, and looks just as good after years of wear and tear.

For Phoebe Philo Fans, Part 1

Stelen Cleo Frame Bag

If you loved the Clasp bag, this lady-like top handle purse is very similar and would also make for a lovely interview bag.

For Phoebe Philo Fans, Part 2

Stelen Estelle Bucket Bag

And if you were into Philo’s bucket bag, here’s a similar version that’s under $100.

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The 18 Best Work Bags for Women Under $250