Finding the right bag for going out is easy – when you just need something that's cute and fits your lipstick and a credit card, the options are pretty much endless. But finding a work bag can be a lot trickier, especially if you work in fashion or a fashion-adjacent industry. On the one hand, you want something big enough that it will fit whatever you consider essential, whether that's a packed lunch or workout clothes or a hardback novel for your commute. On the other hand, you want something sleek enough that it doesn't ruin your outfit, especially if you're headed to an event or a date after leaving the office. Add to that price concerns — i.e. not wanting to blow your whole budget on one Céline "it" purse — and searching for the right work bag can be a lot of, well, work.
We feel your pain, which is why we took the time to round up some of our favorites for you. Featuring well-loved brands like Everlane and Cuyana in addition to more under-the-radar labels like Raven & Lily, all of the below are stylish enough to look great at the bar you're hitting up for post-work drinks and roomy enough to fit everything you need for the day. Even better, they range from $65 to $375 in price, so you won't have to break the bank to buy one. Check out some of our favorite totes, oversize bucket bags and slick backpacks below.