There are so many bags to choose from, and finding the right one can be time-consuming. Read on for some great picks if you’re looking for work appropriate designer bags for fall.
Some work appropriate designer bags for fall are from Chloé, Gucci, Givenchy, Saint Laurent and Mulberry.
Clean and sleek
The flat mid-sized shoulder bags have taken the world of designers bags by storm. Several high-end brands have made their own versions of them lately, and I have to admit that I’ve fallen for them.
The Large Monogram Leather Shoulder bag from Saint Laurent is one of them. It’s the least spacious of the bags, but it looks so good carried on a shoulder. I tend to think that the whole YSL logo can be a bit too much sometimes, but it doesn’t stand out too much here.
WIth a hint of trapeze
Angeled slightly inwards towards the top, these structured bags brings a classy touch to most outfits. The shape and structure are something I haven’t seen for a while. Together, they bring something new to the fashionable world of bags.
They’re good for shoulder carrying. However, the size can be just on the small side for some of them. A 12″ Macbook may fit inside, but if you’re bringing a larger laptop to the office each day, these bags need to stay at home.
One bag like this I was surprised to like, is the Gucci Dionysus Medium Suede. It’s more minimalistic than Gucci’s normal designs, so it doesn’t scream tacky.
The Faye Suede & Leather shoulder bag is going to be one of the classics for the next few years, and its size is perfect for the office. With its long shoulder strap, it’s still easy to carry with heavy books or a computer inside.
When Chloé discontinued the Elsie bag with its easily recognizable lock, I was worried they wouldn’t find anything to replace it. Oh, how unnecessary that was.
The Chloé Faye first showed up in 2015. Its simple and sleek surface, along with the easily recognizable chain and circle, have made the model a big hit.
It comes as a backpack and shoulder bags in several different sizes. It used to come in a small clutch as well, but I only saw that for one season. And bought it, but that’s another story. I’m a huge Chloé fan.
Looking like a rockstar
You can still add a bit of spark and personality to a bag even though it’s supposed to be work appropriate. That’s some of the fun when you’re finding a brand new bag.
If you feel the Faye bag above is too boring for you, but you like the concept. You can also pre-order a similar version for fall called the Faye Day bag. It comes with zippers on the sides, and it reminds me of the Philip Lim Pashli satchel.
The Pashli has been around for a while. It can be carried both on your elbow or as a cross-body bag. The medium is a bit on the small side, but it can fit a 12 or 13″ MacBook inside.
The shoulder strap is very long, so expect to carry it mostly by hand, as it can become uncomfortable.
To find something completely safe, but still stylish. Try out the Zipped Bayswater from Mulberry. The new take on the classic bag makes it look fresh and new. With the slightly tilted outer corners, the shape looks more like a trapeze than its name sister.
Another one of my absolute favorites has also been around for a while. Saint Laurent’s Sac de Jour looks so elegant; I can’t even begin to describe it. The two normal handles are too small to carry the bag on your shoulder. The bag does, however, come with a shoulder strap.
It comes in several sizes, and you shouldn’t have a problem fitting a laptop into the largest one. The only negative is that the bag can lose some of its shape in the largest size.
The Givenchy Antigona bag has been around for a long time, and it seems like every celebrity has one. It still looks good, and the shoulder strap makes it an excellent bag for work.
If you’re not into handbags, you wouldn’t necessarily recognize it as a designer bag either. Which I think is only positive.
A sales rep for Givenchy told me that they will discontinue it soon, but I don’t know if that’s true or not. At least it’s a reason to get one now if it’s the kind of style you like, and you don’t mind seeing the bag on others.
It comes in the sizes mini, small and medium. Both small and medium can be used as a job bag. Just bear in mind that the largest only comes in the most basic colors.
The statement designer bags
If you think your office can handle more of a statement bag, there are several good options as well.
The trapeze shape found new life with the Céline Mini, Micro, and Nano Luggage. The bag is still a classic, but so many people have it. The micro comes in more interesting colors than the mini, and the nano is way too small to be an office bag.
Another great option from Céline is the Mini Belt bag. This suede green looks lovely for fall, and the color makes it stand out. It’s less known than the other bags from Céline, but it’s easily recognizable for those who know the brand.
The 3jours from Saint Laurent is also a great option. I prefer it to the Mini Luggage because it’s more comfortable to carry, and you won’t see it on as many other women.
All of the bags mentioned above are relatively expensive, so I suggest doing some research before you decide on one. If you don’t normally go for designer bags, but would like to add just one to try it out.
If you don’t normally go for designer bags, but would like to add just one to try it out, I suggest going for a relatively neutral color so you can get more use out of it. Otherwise, playing around with colors is completely possible.
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