It always sounds like a cliche, but there's a reason spring is seen as a time of renewal. The thaw from winter is so restorative and inspiring, we can't help but want to start things fresh, both in our lives and our closets. And while yes, we're currently pining for all the hottest trends from the SS14 runways, we're also feeling ready to invest in the kind of purchases that last well beyond a season or two. Namely, a signature handbag. There's really no better time to seek out a fresh-meets-timeless work bag that you'll carry for years.
There are a few things we know a work bag should be:
Durable: A bag you carry everyday needs to be able to last longer than your special occasion pieces. Look for sturdy, strong leather, double seaming, and reinforced corners.
Structured: A sloppy bag signals a sloppy person. That's just the way it is. A structured bag that has clean lines and a distinct shape will help you appear confident and professional.
Organized: If you really do carry your life around with you, it should be easy to find all the pieces, yes? A great work bag should have compartments, zippers and pockets that help you keep important things where they belong.
Versatile: Sometimes your day is unpredictable. Your bag may sit at your feet for nine hours, or it may be in your hand and on your shoulder for twelve. We think the ideal work bag has both handles and a shoulder strap, or handles long enough to fit over your shoulder, so it can do exactly what you need it to.
Worth Investing In: Like we said, this is the bag you'll carry almost every day. You should not only like it, you should love it. It should make you feel empowered, sophisticated and fabulous every time you pick it up. For this reason, we'd splurge on a work bag before any other handbag in our arsenal.
Whether your investment budget is $400 or $4000, we found satchels and tote bags worthy of your investment, and sure to give your professional wardrobe a serious boost. Oh, and just because it's "for work" doesn't mean it can't be colorful. From cherry red to electric blue and pristine white, there is life beyond black. Trust us.