From a bag that fits everything, to something that is comfortable or even something durable, there are so many variables to think about when choosing an office bag. Plus, the industry of fast fashion has disrupted a lot of things and a lot of materials and bags nowadays don't last as long as they used to because of the fact that people are expected to always change it up.
If you are looking for something durable and stays in trend for years to come, you might want to start looking at bags made out of leather. But, material aside, let's look at what you should be looking out for when you want to purchase your next office bag.
Let's dive in!
This is the first thing you should think of before even looking at different types of bags. Decide on the size of your bag. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to determine what you might need.
- Am I going to be carrying my laptop to work?
- What are the 5 main things that I will need to carry and how much size will that require?
- How many compartments will I need?
Don't Compromise on Style
While we just did tell you to be practical with the things that you will be carrying in the bag, we also don't want you to then go for something that does not suit you at all. The bag should also aesthetically suit your needs and the way you dress and the way you would like to carry and present yourself.
The bag should also be something that can stand the test of time so that you will not need to keep changing it out or buying a new one to follow the trends. It should also look professional and that complement your personality. Try not to go for something to bright or crazy because that might be a phase in your fashion sense but once that's over you might be stuck with way too loud accessories and you will need to mute it down.
So go for something more brown, black, or navy. Leather colors are usually quite muted down and match a lot of clothing that is commonly used for work.
Make Sure It's Accessible
This is also something that a lot of people do not think about when purchasing office bags. It needs to be accessible and easy to use. Most people will have to travel to work. If your bag is bulky and doesn't allow you to move it or the zippers are hard to get to, it's just going to make things a lot harder for you.
When you are in a rush and trying to juggle a few things, not being able to sling your bag as a backpack or as a crossbody bag might be very irritating in the moment.
Pockets are also a great way to keep your most needed items, accessible at all times. Take into account these features too :
- Magnetic flaps
- Extra pouches
- More compartments on the inside
- Options to transform from backpack to crossbody to a normal handled bag
- Multiple access points
At the end of the day, the bag can look great but if it feels like you're carrying a boulder on your back what is the point. Your office bag should be comfortable and is breathable so that you don't sweat through it.
Learn what is the best way your body handles weight when you are using an office bag and decide what is best for you. It needs to fit your lifestyle. Try to find bags that allow for breathability and something that also has proper weight distribution so that you don't blow out your back.
Let's now dive into the different types of bags that can be used as office bags and see how they stack up against each other.
The classic office bag. It makes you look official, like you know what you're doing and it is a respected piece to add to your wardrobe.
Briefcases are a great addition for you if you are a lawyer or a businessman and you mostly carry only your laptop and paperwork around. It is good for shorter commutes as it can get heavy for you to carry in the long run.
The Shoulder Bag
This is a smaller backpack and is usually just used for those who don't carry much stuff to work and just need a space for the essentials.
The shoulder bag is great to just carry your main gadgets, a couple of books and your wallet. Good if you are on the go a lot and if you need to get to places fast.
This is the most popular style for office bags today since a lot of offices have gone a lot more lenient in the way you dress and come to work. The backpack is by far the most comfortable bag and will allow you to carry a lot more and be able to organize your work bag a lot better.
So how do you choose?
Well, we suggest taking into account everything we have mentioned above and finding the right balance of the things you need and what is practical for you in the long run.
As we also mentioned earlier, we believe that investing money in a leather bag is something that you should consider because leather is a material that truly stands the test of time.
It might be an expensive purchase but it will last for a very long time and if you think about it, purchasing one leather bag that will last you 10-15 years versus a normal synthetic bag that might give way in 1-2 years. It makes more sense to go for a leather bag.
Leather bags also never go out of style and if taken care properly it will be a staple in your wardrobe for years to come.
Here at Shuflia, each office bag is handmade from scratch by our team. You can choose from our 4 different types of leather.
They all boast different surfaces and textures that will infuse personality into your your chosen bag!
We also have a selection of different colours that you can choose from and truly make a bag that is for you.
If you are interested in getting your own piece, head on over to Shuflia to get started! We cannot wait to start work on your one of a kind piece today.