Working women with years of experience behind them are all too familiar with the importance of a quality work bag. Its primary function may be to haul your things around from one place to another, but it also completes your look and makes you appear professional. The beloved backpack you used in college has no place in the real world! Instead, here are five styles to consider:

1. The carry-all tote
A roomy tote is perfect for Mondays, hectic days, and days when you literally can’t even. Dump your things in and go!


2. The smart top handle
A boxy handbag is one classic you’ll rely on for years to come. Choose one that has minimal hardware and comes in a neutral shade.


3. The structured satchel
More casual than the top handle bag, a satchel is a good alternative to your preferred work bag. Bonus points if it can fit your laptop.


4. The oversized clutch
We like using a spacious clutch to keep our things organized—it also makes changing bags a painless task! Feeling French? Carry it baguette style for that brand of effortless insouciance.

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5. The after-hours option
Leave a small clutch or a mini sling bag in your office desk for unexpected cocktail runs. No one likes being the girl who hits everyone with her bulging bag!



This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Femalenetwork.com editors.

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