Many of us are now heading back to the office, even if it’s just for a couple of days a week.A nice bag – an item naturally neglected while working from home – is a good way to mark this new dawn. Natural tones, be they autumnal brights or classic neutrals, bring an easygoing versatility. They go with most colours, and have a durability that can stand up to the vexations of the commute.
A rented bag is a good way to add oomph to an outfit without a hefty investment, even if the outfit itself is pretty low-key by comparison. Think about how to experiment with buzzy brands and playful designs that allow you to make just enough of a statement. It will bring joy to a weekday morning.
If a retro look head-to-toe can feel a bit OTT in the office, a secondhand or vintage bag will allow you to play with the styles of bygone eras without straying into costume party territory.
Vegan leather backpack, £229, been.london
Invest in a grownup backpack – functional, yet stylish enough for meetings.
Waxed tote, £125, TOA.ST
This colour-pop, waterproof tote will hold your gym kit and lunch with room to spare.
Suede satchel, £29.99, zara.com
Wear this satchel over a trenchcoat, wide leg trousers and trainers for a Parisian-inspired look.
Faux-shearling tote, from £32.79 for four days, by Stand, from selfridgesrental.com
Carry this statement overspill bag for all your workday extras.
Crossbody statement bag, £55 a week, by Strathberry, from bagbutler.co.uk
Rent this beauty with modern gold hardware for important appointments.
Horsebit bag, from £99 a month, by Gucci, from cocoon.club
This works as the focal part of your look with jeans and a navy blazer.
Vintage frame bag, £29.99, revivalvintage.co.uk
Style this retro bag with a fitted midi dress and boots for a modern office look.
Leather briefcase, £145, rokit.co.uk
Roomy and sturdy, this is more than a mere document holder.
Top handle bag, £175, relliklondon.co.uk
Gone for a classic black suit for the office? This bag will elevate your look for after-work drinks.