Listen, it’s not just you…There’s actually quite a bit of confusion regarding exactly what constitutes “business casual.” As the Atlantic and Business Insider note, this increasingly popular term, which shifts as our work culture shifts, leaves a lot of people unsure of how to dress every weekday. The anxiety this uncertainty causes is more than just vanity. Business Insider quotes executive coach, Darlene Price, who says that missing the mark of appropriate office attire is one of the most common barriers she sees to professional growth.
This business casual target changes, though, according to industry, geography, company size, and a host of other factors, so what’s a person to do?
There may be no silver bullet single answer to this quandary, but adding the right designer handbag into your work-life wardrobe is pretty close! Consider the following inspo options that can level up a business casual look that might otherwise fall short.
For the Interview
You want to arrive in the room looking like you mean business, you’re ready to go, and you’re not bringing a lot of…ahem…baggage with you.
Givenchy Antigona Satchel Medium
Negotiating for the Promotion
What’s the woman’s equivalent of the red “power tie”? The red statement bag.
Yves Saint Laurent Sac De Jour Baby
For the Capable Innovator
Perfect for tech settings and those working on the ground, in the field, as well as in the office.
Prada Nylon Messenger
Big Enough for Your Tablet
…or your notebook.
Louis Vuitton Venus Monogram
Big Enough for your Laptop
…but pretty enough not to be dismissed as a laptop bag.
Louis Vuitton Luco Monogram
Big Enough for a Laptop and a Change of Shoes
Lose the multi-bag look and consolidate it all into one.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull Monogram Kusama
Friday Afternoon to Friday Night
We love the black and brown combo of this one, which can literally go everywhere with anything.
Louis Vuitton Flower Tote Monogram
No Need to Worry
These are the equivalent of the mix-and-matchable work wardrobe staples every busy morning needs and deserves.
Burberry Banner Medium Tote
Prada Nylon Tote
You Don’t Own Me
You know what you’re doing, you bring it, and you bring it with confidence. Self possessed and not at all stressed, you bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan.