For trips to and from the office (or coffee shop, if that's where you do most of your work), your bag should ideally be free of bulkiness – so, no backpacks – well organized and, of course, look slick.
Bells and whistles aren't necessary; look to the eye-catching but minimalist white bag sported at the Michael Kors Collection show for inspiration. It's an outsized version of some of the more stylish, but not overly done, business-appropriate bags available now.
One option with the closest effect of a briefcase is another top-handle style, but one that's less rigid than its officious-looking counterpart. Reiss's supple leather top-handle tote has a modern feel thanks to the elongated handles and hardware details.
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Fossil's twist on the classic briefcase – with its softened edges, it looks like the boxy bag's more relaxed cousin – features a cross-body strap, padded laptop pocket and several other pockets, too, but you wouldn't tell from its trim design.
Another alternative to the ubiquitous canvas messenger is one that's done in a less "earthy" fabrication, such as Ted Baker's natty faux-nubuck style. The contrasting hues lend just a bit of fashion-forwardness, but the silhouette is classic.
While this Ted Baker bag does come in a darker version, here's where I'd implore you to add a dash of colour to your day-to-day. It's going to be spring soon! What better time to brighten your outlook? Grey skies are going to clear up, but giving them a push out of the way isn't a bad idea, either.
Matcher faux-nubuck document bag, $299 at Ted Baker (tedbaker.com).
Newman zip leather tote bag, $490 at Reiss (reiss.com).
Fossil Buckner leather briefcase, $358 at the Bay (thebay.com).
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