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Once upon a time, if you were traveling to work and had things to carry in order to get your job done (or if you were planning to go somewhere at the close of business), a briefcase or spacious purse was the obvious choice. Nowadays, however, with more and more folks commuting — as opposed to driving themselves — it's normal to need a little extra space, not to mention a more convenient way of carrying office essentials. Thankfully, work backpacks for women exist. (Though that's just a term; anyone can use these backpacks. Today, we're here to focus on particularly posh silhouettes.)
When shopping for a women's work backpack, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind: look for a spacious design, plenty of organization, and multi-use features — such as a trolley sleeve or hidden shoe compartment, should you want to use your backpack for pre- and post-work activities. Thankfully, there are many backpacks on the market, a few of which check all these boxes and more. While few brands offer as colorful and convenient of styles as Calpak, there are plenty of budget-friendly bags to choose from. To prove it, we've rounded up 16 of the best laptop backpacks for women.
The best work backpacks for women in 2023:
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What to look for when shopping for work backpacks for women
✔️ Size: Do you prefer a slim backpack or one with more depth? Do you want an expandable design or one with set parameters? Generally speaking, a backpack that's at least 15-inches tall is ideal, as it will be able to accommodate most laptops. If you have a larger laptop, such as a Macbook Pro, opting for a backpack in the 17-inch range is advised.
✔️ Material: If you'll be wearing your backpack out and about while commuting, it'll be helpful to have a water-resistant bag. Otherwise, it could soak through and affect the contents, many of which are tech-related. Additionally, some materials, such as faux leather, are easier to clean than, say, nylon or neoprene.
✔️ Key features: A few features that are especially convenient in a work backpack include key leashes (so you don't have to hunt for your keys), designated phone pockets, hidden compartments (great for wallets and IDs), and a variety of interior zipper pockets (that make staying organized less of a hassle).
- Are work backpacks professional?
Absolutely! While some materials, such as faux leather, will look more polished, nylon, neoprene, and polyester laptop backpacks are considered commonplace in formal and business casual offices as well.
- What size backpack is best for commuting?
It ultimately depends on your size, as you don't want to be weighed down by your backpack. That said, a 15- to 17-inch-tall backpack is typically best.
- How do I find a comfortable backpack for commuting?
Look for ones with padded backs and adjustable straps, that way you can tailor their wear.
Rebecca Ravee Norris is a full-time freelance writer with a decade's worth of lifestyle media experience. Based out of the Washington metropolitan area, she writes for a variety of publications, covering everything from beauty and wellness to style and celebrity news. She is a graduate of George Mason University. There, she earned her B.A. in Media: Production, Consumption, and Critique, along with a minor in Electronic Journalism. When she's not working, she can be found with her beloved Jack-Chi, Cash, adventuring with family and friends, working through reps at the gym, dreaming up her next home decor project, testing a new recipe, getting lost in the pages of a book, or catching up on her favorite shows.
Ysolt Usigan is a lifestyle writer and editor with 15+ years of experience working in digital media. She has created share-worthy content for publishers Shape, What To Expect, Cafe Mom, TODAY, CBS News, HuffPo, The Bump, Health, Ask Men, and Best Gifts. A working mom of two, her editorial expertise in parenting, shopping, and home are rooted in her everyday life.
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