Deciding between a briefcase or backpack for the office doesn’t have to be complicated. As long as you invest in a well-made briefcase or backpack, either option can look professional and put together. The best guide for choosing a briefcase or backpack will be the demands of your unique workday, how casual (or not) your workplace is, and your personal sense of style. Keep these in mind as you consider our 4 favorite work options:
The leather attache briefcase is one of the most classic, traditional options for today’s professional. With interior sections for carrying meeting briefs and a laptop, an attaché briefcase offers room for your meeting’s materials in a slim profile with a sharp look. A carry handle and an adjustable shoulder strap give you the option of carrying your attaché bag in your hand (briefcase-style), or over your shoulder or crossbody like a messenger bag.
A leather briefcase bag will provide a slightly more casual look, and more interior room as well. Leather briefcase bags give you the professional style and function of a briefcase with the casual carrying option of a messenger bag. Find one with a carry handle for a quick grab and an adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free convenience. On the inside, you’ll find space for your laptop, cord, and your day’s materials.
A leather backpack is where the professional look of a leather briefcase meets the carrying convenience of a trusty backpack. (Cue the singing angels.) With plenty of room to securely carry your laptop and all you need for that staff meeting or brainstorming session, this backpack maintains a slim profile and a professional air.
The waxed canvas backpack brings us to our most casual, yet still incredibly practical, recommendation. You can bring your love for the great outdoors into the workplace with a well-made and highly functional commuter backpack. The waxed canvas is a fantastic alternative to leather if you’re looking for that. The interior compartments offer space for your laptop and work materials, and the padded shoulder straps mean you can carry this one out of the office on Friday and straight onto the trail.
Remember: briefcases don’t have to be uppity, and backpacks don’t have to be dumpy. And thank goodness for that. Whether you decide a briefcase or backpack is best for your work, carry yourself (and your briefcase) (or backpack) with confidence and character. Both will take you far.