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Leaving work at work is nice in theory. But is it ever the reality? Our laptop usually tags along on our commute to and from the office — making laptop-friendly messenger bags and briefcases a Monday-through-Friday must (and, sometimes a weekend one, too).
Striking the right balance of style and professionalism is the goal, but not all bags are equipped to do both. Certain colors, patterns, and shapes are too casual to get away with when you’re in a suit and tie. Similarly, some structured leather options might feel too formal at companies with business casual dress codes.
Below, we’re sharing 14 laptop bags — in a range of silhouettes, colors, and prices — to stow away your precious cargo without losing face at the office.
1. The olive color gives Filson's canvas briefcase a sophisticated touch.
Filson Original Briefcase, 5, available at Amazon.
2. For more conservative offices, basic black is the way to go. Herschel Supply Co. offers affordable alternatives to premium leather options.
Herschel Supply Co. Clark Messenger,.99, available at Amazon.
3. This two-tone leather bag can hold laptops up to 15''.
Jack Spade Slim Brief, 8, available at Amazon.
4. If you suit up for work each morning, you'll need a bag that's equally sleek. Reiss' messenger features a detachable strap that'll come in handy on your morning commute.
Reiss Leather Messenger Bag, 0, available at Reiss.
5. This water-repellent laptop bag will keep you looking your best, even in inclement weather.
Monofold City Laptop in Grey,, available at Need Supply.
6. The naturally water-shedding fabric will develop a rich patina with age; its ample interior storage will keep you organized.
Ernest Alexander Walker British Tan Wax Messenger Bag, 5, available at Ernest Alexander.
7. If you cycle to work, this affordable, crossbody-style bag won't let you down.
J.Crew Abingdon Waxed Cotton-Canvas and Leather Laptop Bag, 0, available at Mr. Porter.
8. The interior of this briefcase features two roomy compartments and a separate zip compartment for your laptop.
Kenneth briefcases Cole Reaction Porty Favor Leather Briefcase,.12, available at Amazon.
9. In case you're wondering, each bag is individually handmade in Tennessee.
Billy Reid Briefcase in Olive, 5, available at Billy Reid.
10. This slim bag is a no-fuss choice for minimalists.
Barneys New York
WANT Les Essentiels de la Vie Haneda Slim Computer Bag, 0, available at Barneys New York.
11. Maybe you're saving up for an Apple Watch. Banana Republic lets you keep your bag choice wallet-friendly.
Banana Republic Karter Nylon Messenger Bag,.50, available at Banana Republic.
12. The zipper on this brief is really cool — take a close-up peek at it from the side to see what we mean.
Ben Minkoff Leather Fulton Brief, 5, available at Amazon.
13. While not necessarily traditional, Porter's brief bag is still subdued enough to work for work.
Porter Brief Bag, 9, available at Club Monaco.
14. The water-repellent nylon is practical; the navy color is a lighter feel than black for summer.
Fossil Mercer Workbrief,.12, available at Amazon.
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