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Review: Best Work Bags for Female Lawyers in 2020

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By Kellie Pantekoek, Esq. | Last updated on

Luckily, the digital age has lawyers carrying around a lot less stuff than they used to, but today's fast-paced life means you're constantly running from one thing to the next. If you're like most female attorneys, you need a work bag that can take you from client meeting to court to drinks with friends, or your kid's soccer game.

Whether you're looking for something that's practical, powerful, affordable, or costs as much as your first apartment's rent — we've got you covered. All of the bags on this list are tried and true, boasting high reviews from women who do it all, just like you. And don't worry, these bags are anything but basic.

The Trusty Minimalist

Everlane The Market Tote in Cognac

Investment: $$

Everlane's The Day Market Tote is made of premium Italian leather and is simple, classy, and reasonably priced. It's a bag that is large enough to fit your laptop, legal pads, an extra pair of shoes, and anything else you need as you move through your day. The only downside is that the bag has just one interior pocked, so you'll have to do the organizing yourself. Reviewers don't seem to mind, though: This bag has over 2,000 reviews and an average rating of 4.69 out of 5 stars.

As one reviewer says: "Able to use the tote for a quick diaper bag and/or work bag... able to fit many things inside, easy to clean, amazing quality, fast shipping..."

The Shape Shifter

Cuyana Trapeze Satchel in Black

Investment: $$$

Cuyana, which markets itself as a design house comparable to luxury brands, but at a lower price-point, crafted a classic-yet-interesting Trapeze Satchel made of Italian pebbled and smooth leathers. The bag has two has an interior pocket that fits a 13'' laptop and an exterior compartment that fits a 15'' laptop. Snaps along the sides of the bag allow you to change the silhouette, and it's got both handles and a crossbody strap to give you all the options.

Cuyana doesn't post reviews on their site, but a reviewer on YouTube describes the Trapeze Satchel as "the best work bag when it comes to bang for your buck!"

The Reasonably Prudent

Target Ring Work Tote Handbag in Pink

Investment: $

On a budget? That doesn't mean your style has to suffer. Target's A New Day line has a pretty pink bag called the Ring Work Tote Handbag that would make Elle Woods do a double-take. At under $50, this piece fits up to a 15" laptop and has inner compartments to keep things organized. Don't just take our word for it, 88% of reviewers said they would recommend.

The Backpacker

Investment: $$$

If you ride your bike to the office or just like having your hands free, a backpack might be your best bet. Lo & Sons has a beautifully-designed nylon backpack called The Rowledge that is a true workhorse, especially for frequent travelers. It easily converts from backpack to tote, attaches to your luggage handle, and it fits under airplane seats so it qualifies as a personal item. It also has numerous pockets to keep all of your belongings safely stowed while you speed from one thing to the next.

The backpack has over 180 five-star reviews, and as one reviewer puts it, "It is comfortable, practical AND beautiful."

The Dream Come True

Senreve The Martra in Burgundy

Investment: $$$$

What if we told you that there was a gorgeous, functional, convertible work bag that comes in all of your favorite colors? Too good to be true, right? The brand Senreve wants to make your dream work bag a reality. The brand was created by female professionals who "found [them]selves in search of the perfect luxury handbag."

The Maestra Bag boasts eight interior pockets, a padded sleeve for your laptop, and can be worn as a satchel, tote, crossbody, or backpack. While it's not cheap, this luxury bag comes with a lifetime guarantee. TIME calls The Maestra "[a] bag that can truly hold everything and still look good in the process."

The Investment/Statement

Investment: $$$$$

There are many boring things about the law, but your work bag doesn't need to be one of them. If you want to make a statement, one option is the Gucci Ophidia Floral GG Supreme Canvas & Leather Tote, which features Vittorio Accornero's Flora design from the 1960s. At just under $2,000, this is a true investment piece, but one that is sure to impress clients and opposing counsel alike. The luxury tote also comes with a removable top-zip pouch, which is chic enough to carry on its own.

There you have it — a roundup of work bags that are as stylish as they are functional. 

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