Work Bag: Briefcase
If you are working in a more traditional or formal office setting, the leather briefcase bag is a timeless option for today’s professionals.
A briefcase bag, with inside areas for a laptop, meeting briefs, and other items, allows you to carry your business essentials in style.You can carry your bag in your hand (conventional briefcase style) or over your shoulder for hands-free ease thanks to a carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap. Consider a leather attaché briefcase for a smaller profile and a more sophisticated appearance.
When Is It Necessary to Carry a Briefcase?
Nobody will tell you not to wear a backpack to work if that’s what you desire. If your workplace is more professional, such as a suit and tie, you might want to reconsider that bag and replace it with something more official, such as a briefcase. And it’s not just because briefcases look more professional — though that does play a role.
There are also practical, tangible reasons why a briefcase is the better option. Carrying a briefcase won’t wrinkle your clothes. This is especially true when it comes to suits. Wearing a backpack will leave creases in the back of your jacket for the rest of the day unless you have a steamer at work. Briefcases, by their very nature of being handled (or, at most, having a single shoulder strap), eliminate wrinkles. Consider the optics: Can you imagine a man wearing a suit and carrying a backpack? Something about that image isn’t quite right.
Briefcases are also preferable for transferring critical documents like a résumé or contract because they keep them cleaner. As opposed to the backpack’s single primary storage area, multiple sections make it easier to organize your laptop and daily requirements, as well as certain items in place. Briefcases are designed specifically for the office, although backpacks can be used for various purposes.
Work Bag: Messenger Bags
Messenger bags can appear neat and professional or loose and casual, depending on the quality, material, and finishes. Take into account your work atmosphere, normal meeting location, and personal style (yes, that still matters). Look beyond the traditional crossbody strap and flap cover for the best messenger bag for business. Consider a belted flap cover, such as this leather messenger bag (with a single-belted cover) or this waxed canvas messenger bag, if you want a tougher aesthetic (with a double-belted cover). Check out a bag with a full flap and hidden magnetic closing if you like a more streamlined, clean style. Even on a more minimalist messenger bag, compartments for organizing things should be there. Messenger bags have adequate space for your laptop, business supplies, phone, and chargers.
Work Bag: Backpacks
Backpacks are included in our list of the best work bags. This isn’t your typical middle-school bag. While utilizing a backpack as a work bag is clearly on the more casual end of the spectrum, the appropriate leather backpack will combine the carrying convenience of a basic backpack with the professional appearance of a leather messenger or briefcase bag. A premium leather backpack retains a sleek profile and professional air while safely carrying your laptop and all of your meeting materials.
If your job allows for a more relaxed approach to work bags, the waxed canvas backpack should be at the top of your list. With a well-made and highly functional commuter backpack, you can bring your love of the great outdoors to work. The internal compartments provide ample storage, and the padded shoulder straps allow you to easily transport this work bag from the workplace to the trail.
When is it permissible to carry a backpack?
Consider the type of office you’ll be commuting to while deciding between a bag and a briefcase. If you’re working in a more laid-back atmosphere, such as a creative or startup environment, where individuals wear jeans every day of the week (not just Friday), don’t hesitate. Your backpack will blend in well.
That said, we wouldn’t just put on any ordinary backpack. Choose a sleek, professional look in a neutral-colored material such as leather or canvas. Because backpacks, while possibly the more practical option in terms of utility, have a youthful appearance. (How can we put it? It can be difficult to break the link with high school.) Furthermore, if you wear something too loud or outdoorsy, it may imply that you do not take your job seriously.
The greatest work bags, regardless of your industry, are those that hold everything you need and are built to last. Choose a work bag that you’ll be proud to carry, whether it’s official or informal.