We all know that accessories can make or break an outfit, and for the office, no accessory is more important than your bag. It needs to be functional, durable, and above all, chic because chances are you’re using it every day. We recently received a reader inquiry asking for under $300 work-appropriate bag recommendations, so for our first installment of #AskTeamZoe, we’ve pulled together a selection of hero bags that will help you shine at the office this summer and beyond.
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A sleek black tote is all business and big enough to store your documents and long-day essentials.
- Handheld Bag With Metal bar, ASOS $67
A great bag for the polished, creative type thanks to its structured silhouette and playful color-blocking.
- Color Block Crossbody Bag, New Look $31
A nude nubuck bag adds understated polish to almost any ensemble, no matter what your day has in store.
- Nubuck bag, H&M $129
A rich chocolate hue ages well and won't show any minor stains and scrapes from life in the classroom. Plus its longer shoulder straps leave your hands free for those days when your arms are always full.
- Bleecker Cooper Satchel in Pebbled Leather, Coach $298
Make a bold statement with a cherry-red satchel.
- Vanity Bag, Zara $80
Just because you're running around with all manner of snacks, toys and diapers doesn't mean you can't do it in style.
- Turner Tote, Etienne Aigner $245
Since you'll rarely get the chance to switch your bags, invest in a black version that will go with everything. The front pocket ensures easy access to your constantly-ringing phone.
- Temino Tote, ShoeDazzle $55
A stone-colored satchel with clean lines, need we say more?
- Edie Satchel, Vince Camuto $298
This shoulder bag manages to look corporate without being in the least bit boring.
- Metal Bar Flap Top Tote, Warehouse $75
A smaller crossbody won't get in the way when you're chasing a story.
- Jemima Satchel, Oasis $45