Be honest — how many of you put less effort into dressing up or style when it’s time to go to work?
While it’s understandable that many of us tend to favour professionalism and practicality over vanity in a professional setting, it doesn’t always have to be the case!
Here’s another perspective: when you look better, you’ll feel better and much more motivated for the day too. What bag you carry can completely change the vibe of your look, so, to help you level up your OOTD for work in the simplest but most effective way possible — here are 9 affordable work bags you can get in Singapore for under S$100 that don’t clash with your outfits!
1. The Paper Bunny Puffer Shopper
Squishy and puffy bags started gaining popularity when Blackpink’s international it girl Jennie was spotted sporting a Quilted Oversized Shoulder Bag from COS. Not only did the said bag sell out globally (the Jennie effect is really no joke), similar bags from other brands also started going viral.
The Paper Bunny’s Puffer Shopper is one of those bags — and not just for the aesthetics. The straps on the bag are also really soft and comfortable for your shoulders when you carry it. Plus, the spacious bag interior and capacity also allows you to bring your work essentials like your laptop and water bottle around effortlessly.
2. Charles and Keith Shalia Large Double Tote Bag
If something more structured and boxy fits your personal aesthetic better, check out Charles and Keith’s Shalia Large Double Tote Bag.
A classy oatmeal coloured bag base with accented colours of your choice, this bag is not only functional (with spacious compartments, two types of handles and zippers), but also very stylish while still looking professional.
3. Charles and Keith Nova Two-Tone Large Canvas Tote Bag
For the ladies who want to go for a more feminine style, Charles and Keith’s Nova Two-Tone Large Canvas Tote Bag would be the perfect work bag for you.
Dressed in a neutral cream and brown colour silhouette, this bag looks right out of a Pinterest mood board. It’s also very minimalistic and would go well together with any outfit — dressed up or down.
4. My Accessories London Faux Fur Teddy Tote
Playing with different textures can also help to level up your style. With a similar silhouette to Prada’s famous Terry collection (popularised by Single Inferno’s Song Jia), My Accessories London’s Faux Fur Teddy Tote is sure to score you extra style points while keeping your daily work necessities safe.
5. ASOS DESIGN Suede Weave Tote
This one really reminds me of Bottega Veneta’s Intrecciato tote bags because of the woven design. With a caramel brown suede exterior, ASOS DESIGN’s Suede Weave Tote exudes a rustic charm that’s both luxurious and professional at the same time.
The bag also has a pretty large capacity so you’ll be able to carry around your essentials with ease too.
6. ASOS DESIGN Slouchy Tote in Black Crinkle Vinyl
ASOS DESIGN’s Slouchy Tote in Black Crinkle Vinyl gives off major rockstar girlfriend vibes. While there’s no crazy design or print on the bag, it’s still a head-turner because of the shiny finish and voguish silhouette.
If you’re worried about your shoulders hurting while carrying the tote — fret not! The straps are pretty thick so the weight will be distributed evenly. See, beauty isn’t always pain!
7. ASOS DESIGN Large Minimal Backpack
I used to avoid carrying backpacks for work despite how convenient it is because they usually didn’t match my outfits (imagine someone wearing a dress and carrying a bulky, grey nylon backpack!) — that is, until I came across ASOS DESIGN’s Large Minimal Backpack.
With a smooth faux leather finish and simple yet chic design, this backpack is a lifesaver for those who want to embrace practicality without compromising on style.
8. UNDERCONTROL Fold Bag
South Korean brand UNDERCONTROL aims to cater to everyone’s fashion needs without being too flashy or over the top — and they’ve achieved it perfectly with their Fold Bag.
Sturdy, simple and sophisticated, this mustard-coloured bag is a top pick for those with a more chill and casual aesthetic. I can totally picture a character in a Korean drama carrying this while walking to the bus stop.
9. Waralee’s Day Slim Leather Hand Bag
Slick and slim, Waralee’s Day’s Slim Leather Hand Bag is a great choice for those who are searching for a versatile bag and prefers packing light for work.
The small compartment in the front also allows you easy access to your essentials like phone, keys, and earphones!
Going to the office and dressing up shouldn’t be mutually exclusive — time to start commuting in style!
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