Back-to-School Buy: 6 Picks for Work Bags

We’ve hit the tail end of summer where marketing is wholly focused on the school year ahead. Which is great, if you’re a kid, or maybe you have kids, and get to partake in the fun (and it is fun) of back-to-school shopping. But for the rest of us? Honestly, it’s kind of a bummer. You reminisce the days when you were showing off a few new outfits and scrawling on the empty pages of a fresh notebook.

woman wearing sunglasses and carrying work bag

In an effort to squash the FOMO that hits those of us who aren’t heading back to campus, I like to join in on the fun and take the traditional back-to-school time to replace a few items of my own.

Since I’m usually buying clothing all year round, I tend to focus on the essentials for back-to-school. For starters, that means a new bag, usually for work (so I can justify it). Nothing like a little rationalization, right? Like many women, I lean towards multi-tasking work bags that can help ease a long commute. The fall work bags to buy now take you from morning coffee runs to meetings and the after-hours workout, and give you that brand-new back-to-school feeling to boot.

6 Picks for Work Bags

The Classic Tote

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet, $48, Nordstrom

Two neutral styles for one, with a coordinated wristlet for the small stuff. This classic is a beauty for work to weekend.


gray, tech-friendly work bag

LoDo Medium Backpack, $89.99, Case Logic

For sportier styling, a contemporary, tech-friendly backpack makes things easier for those biking to work and beyond.

Convertible Bohemian Bag

white bohemian work bag with leather detail

Merona Women’s Crochet Overlay Canvas Tote Bag with Removable Crossbody Strap Handbag Cream, $29.99, Target

Crochet work and faux leather trim details bring a vintage feel to the office in this convertible carryall.

Fringe Backpack

black leather backpack style work bag on white background

Mossimo Supply Co. Women’s Backpack Faux Leather Handbag Black, $29.99, Target

A glamorous take on the backpack fad, this tasseled brass hardware bag makes your mark as the office trendsetter.

Striped Messenger Bag

Nila Anthony You Better Work Messenger Bag, $34.80, Nasty Gal

High-fashion meets the messenger silhouette in this roomy block striped shoulder bag.

Animal Print Satchel

Liz Claiborne Lillian Dome Satchel, $52.50, JCPenney

Risk takers will love the subtle multicolor snake print of this uniquely shaped convertible number.

Which of these back-to-school bags would you want to carry this fall?


Melissa is creative communication professional with 9+ years of experience writing for the beauty and fashion industries.