Gone are the days of carrying around a feminine-looking men’s briefcase filled with files, notebooks and other work essentials. Let’s say a silent hallelujah for that, and mindfully pay our respects to the working women who paved the way for a change.
Today, there are lots of options for working women to source chic, elegant, and functional bags for their busy work lives. Between commuting, working a full day, throwing a laptop in your bag, heading to a late client meeting or happy hour, and then trekking back home … our bags often become the catch-all for our lives. So help yourself (and your sanity) by staying organized. Here are my tips:
Buy a Business Bag - Okay, that fringe, cross-body bag is really cute, but it is not going to help you stay organized or hold half of the stuff you’re going to need during the work week. Instead, opt for a professional + elegant + multi-functioning handbag. I recommend purchasing a bag that makes you look and feel like you’re on the corporate catwalk, and one with a removable shoulder strap (lifesaver when you need both hands free).
I have been eyeing the vintage-looking Emma Bag from JEMMA lately for its timeless + polished look, and loads of features for staying organized (2 interior pockets, laptop sleeve, phone pocket, pen and lipstick holder, key strap, credit card holder, exterior ID/card holder).
Store Miscellaneous Stuff - Purchase small bags for the miscellaneous items in your bag. Think about sourcing a cute coin purse to hold change, a mini makeup bag for the essentials you carry with you, a small bag for feminine hygiene products, and a cute case to hold gift cards, tickets or important business cards. This keeps miscellaneous items organized in your bag, rather than rummaging around at the bottom.
Get a Chic Business Card Holder - Early on in my career, I kept my business cards in my wallet. Eventually, I received a beautiful business card holder as a gift from a friend, and realized how unprofessional it was to be digging for my business cards amongst a mix of credit cards, gift cards, receipts and more. Today, I carry The Card Case from Dagne Dover. This elegant card case is incredibly functional with two interior pockets and one exterior pocket ... and it is strikingly beautiful.
Dump the Junk - Once I am finally home at the end of each business day, I empty the contents of my bag onto the kitchen counter and begin putting everything back into my bag piece by piece. Throw away the trash/receipts/tissues, replace items that have gone missing, and put the necessary items for tomorrow’s busy day into your bag.
These tips have helped me stay organized throughout the busy work week. What has helped you?
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