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A Briefcase for the Modern Woman (4 Awesome Ideas Under $50)

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We recently covered work bags — you know, the big bag/purse that holds your essentials + a laptop, notepad and maybe a few project files. If you’re craving more structure than a tote or backpack, then a briefcase may be just the thing. A briefcase for women, you ask? I know “briefcase” is something of a dated word with masculine undertones, but hey, so what.

The briefcase does work for the modern fashionista, and I’ve got four affordable options below to prove it.

1. Slouchy Boho

This bag is stylish and has a bit of an old-world vibe. The brown and green are an earthy combination, and the two textures, canvas, and faux leather look awesome with the gold buckles, handle, and detachable strap links. Inside you’ll find four pockets and enough room for a laptop and more. The outside zipper pocket is perfect for a small wallet or even a notebook. This bag also comes with a removable strap for extra functionality.

Green briefcase for women
Hynes Eagle Retro Business Briefcase, $49.99,

2. Workplace Royalty

This beauty case comes with a wallet, it’s extremely feminine and it can double as one of your regular handbags. Things I love about this bag:

  • The high-quality faux leather is luxurious and will bring life to your whole overall look.
  • The gold contrast is regal and very classy.
  • The gray wallet is perfect for a quick lunch trip.
  • The top zipper closure on the main briefcase adds some added security to your most personal belongings.

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The bag is available in five amazingly vibrant colors.  Because it’s so versatile and dynamic, you’ll use it for weekends, day trips or date nights.

3. The Little Black Number

If you believe the workplace isn’t a runway, I’m with you. A classic black briefcase can make a strong statement, too. The quilted pattern on the outside makes this bag a sturdy choice for your belongings.

You’ll have everything you need, including laptop space and a tiny pocket for small necessities such as keys or lip balm. The inside features accordian-style organization — after the laptop pocket you get an iPod compartment, plus another compartment perfect for a folder or an extra shirt.

4. Boxy and Colorful

Nicole Lee has brought back the hard, square briefcase with a fresh, feminine brown. If you want to make a statement, try this boxy option that calls back to its 18th-century ancestors.

Inside, you’ll find a vast open space, perfect for work or travel belongings. If you have something you can put inside to secure your electronics, do it. Or, enjoy that unsecured space as a home for folders, extra clothes, snacks and a wallet. If there is a statement briefcase, this is it.

 Do you believe in briefcases, or does your “big purse” do the trick? Do you have a bag you use just for work? Comment below!