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Finding the perfect work bag is like searching for the perfect bra: It can take years, and oftentimes it feels as if nothing on the market can support you in the way you want it to. Then, there's the added headache of finding an office-appropriate carryall that doesn't look like the leather iteration of a stuffy gray pencil skirt or the all-too-familiar commuter tote that takes up half a subway car. Sure, the bag should be functional and roomy enough to fit a 13-inch laptop, gym shoes, snacks and about a dozen others things, but that doesn't mean it needs to resemble a weekender and blend in with the walls of your boardroom.
The good thing is, a practical purse is no longer synonymous with ugly or boring. Nowadays, brands recognize the importance of professional-looking, laptop-friendly bags that go with both your outfit and agenda. Below, we rounded up a selection of affordable (all are under $400) and chic work bags, including modern top handles, quirky bucket bags and sleek totes. Click through the gallery below to see our favorites, which are all available to shop now — and wear to work and beyond.
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