The Right Bag for Your Professionby Katia Jean Paul
published August 20, 2013
5 stylish purses for career gals
A purse is to a woman what a watch is to a man: a fashion accessory she simply can’t do without. This is especially true for us careers gals, who require a reliable handbag to carry us through our hectic day-to-day. But much like your work attire, your bag says a lot about you, and speaks to your level of professionalism, your decorum, and your dependability. And to project the right image to current and prospective employers, as well as clients, not just any ol’ bag will do. Below, we scoured our favourite shops for work-appropriate bags, whether you’re tending to patients, or showing mockups to a client. Check out our picks below.
For the creative type…
The sky’s the limit since creative fields like fashion, graphic design, or visual arts are all about showcasing your individuality, so long as your look remains polished. Afforded with a lot more leeway, you can go for bags that stray from more conventional fare, and that demonstrate your appreciation for good design. Whatever you choose, make sure it is cool, sleek and sophisticated, all the while perfectly housing all your work essentials.
3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Hour Fold-Over Tote Bag, $815 at Holt Renfrew.
For the lawyer…
Classic and conservative is always the way to go, but by no means does that signify that your handbag should be boring. Opt for the standard briefcase-style bag to carry all necessary files and documents, but go for a number with subtle and tasteful accents for added chic.
Alexander Wang Chastity Sling Leather Shoulder Bag, $1,302 USD online at Net-a-Porter.
For the banking/finance professional…
You’ll want a structured bag that enables you to carry everything that you need with you, especially on those long days when your work follows you home.
Structured Leather Shopper With Zips, $179 at Zara stores and online.
Much like creative types, you can eschew the more subdued black signature tote, and opt for a more colourful and trendy number. However, be sure to choose a handbag fit to carry your life… and then some, because you’re one career gal who is constantly on the go.
Furla Tribe Shopper Bag, $435 at Hudson’s Bay and online.
For the healthcare professional…
Go for a doctor bag—the signature look for professionals in your field—that is sturdy enough to withstand your use (and abuse), and practical enough for those house calls. But make sure your choice still shows off a tinge of your personality!
Leather City Bag with Zip, $219 at Zara stores and online.