Your Guide to Selecting the Perfect Everyday Work Bag

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We all yearn for it. Search high and low for it. We admire others’ and ask where we can find it. You know what we are talking about. A bag that is mostly used for work but can transitions from desk to dinner with ease. While the everyday work bag can vary by person, there are certain components it must have to be considered perfect.

1) Lightweight

Because you will fill your work bag with many items, laptop and gym clothes included, choose a bag that is lightweight. One way to determine the weight of a bag is by picking it up when empty. Our recommendation: stay under 2 pounds. You do not want your bag to be the cause of any back or shoulder problems.

2) Durable

Choose a bag that is well-made. One that will hold up over time, scratch resistant, and is constructed from good fabric, which we will discuss next. There is an abundance of fashionable yet functional options on the market.

3) Waterproof(-ish)

Look for a material that is waterproof, like nylon, or waterproof-ish, like leather. Avoid materials that when wet will seep through the inside. Another consideration, choose a bag that has an inner lining of nylon or similar. So, when something spills inside, it is easy to clean.
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4) Spacious

A work bag should be big enough to carry your essentials and then some without being overly large. A large bag will most likely be heavy when filled and bulky. On the flipside, a mini bag will not be sufficient. Finding the right balance is key. The right dimensions will depend on the shape of the bag; however, this is a good range: height 12-15 in, width 12-16 in and depth 4-5.5 in.

5) Minimal Color

Select a bag that is minimal in design and color so it can match many outfits. While a flashy color like neon purple would be super cute, it would clash and would not be versatile enough for an everyday workbag. Instead opt for a neutral or simple color.

6) Easy to Open

A really, really good work bag is easy to open BUT secure when closed, like a zipper. Contents will not fall out if the bag is turned upside down when zipped. Also, latched bags work really well, like a briefcase. Stay away from “open-mouth” bags because contents can easily fall out or get stolen.
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