March 9, 2017

Reader Question: Commuter Bags

Tumi Voyageur Halle Nylon Backpack – Now 20% off at Nordstrom!

If you’re lucky enough to live your life sans work commute, we envy you. But for the majority, getting to work usually entails some level of travel and that’s why the perfect commuter bag is essential. Lucky for us, there are plenty of stylish options (even backpacks!) that can hold it all…and then some. Thanks to reader Jill for writing in and sparking our search on this one: hopefully there’s something below that works for you!

Shop Chic Commuter Bags

Do you have a favorite, can’t-live-without-it, work bag? Leave us a comment below!



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  • D.
    March 9, 2017

    Thanks for this post! I love Knomo laptop bags and backpacks.
    Stylish and functional.

  • Marcy D
    March 9, 2017

    I no longer commute but I use that Everlane backpack (in grey) as a diaper bag. It’s not for the “have to carry everything but the kitchen sink girl scout prepared” mom but it’s great for basics and my husband willingly carries it as is. And! they’ll tell you not to wash it but I got desperate last summer after a camping/road trip and it actually washed up in my washing machine GREAT!

  • Christy Hartman
    March 9, 2017

    I’ve used my Matt and Natt for over a year and I mostly love it, especially the padded straps. My only complaints are that the zipper sticks and the pleather on the straps is starting to crack. My next backpack will be nylon or genuine leather so it will last longer.

  • CG
    March 9, 2017

    My Kelly Moore bag was life changing.

    • Beth
      March 10, 2017

      CG- how heavy and/or bulky is that bag? It looks gorgeous- but wondering about the weight of it. As a public speaker, I lug everything around and usually have two bags. For me, the weight of the bag factors in…thanks for sharing this collection!

      • Stephanie
        March 14, 2017

        I have an discontinued style, Hobo, from kelly Moore. I like it but was heavy and the material wore quite quickly. I contacted the company and they sent a replacement bag, however the replacement had the same issue. She (Kelly) has since changed the look of her bags and has new styles, may end the quality has improved too? Not sure if I would buy another one.

  • Rebecca Anderson
    March 9, 2017

    Lo & Sons is amazing!

    • Meg C.
      March 10, 2017

      I love my Lo & Sons Brookline bag. I agonized for a long long time about what would work for me – professional looking, but still capable of hauling a laptop, lunch, and all my necessities (I carry a lot with me). This bag has been my everyday for three years and still looks brand new! And so many pockets!

  • Kristy
    March 9, 2017

    Love, love, love Urban Junket. Fun colors, wipes clean, and some will charge your devices. Backpacks and messenger bags. I have this one. Looks new and is five years old.

  • SS
    March 9, 2017

    I’m totally ordering that Baggu tote

  • Jamie
    March 9, 2017

    I adore my Coach men’s Bleeker backpack. I use it for work, as a diaper bag, and it’s awesome for travel!

    Shana, I’ve adored your blog (and you) for years! Thanks!

  • SaraK
    March 10, 2017

    I have the Baggu tote and love it. Just a warning, though–its size IS great to toss some grocery store items into, and it’s a great casual “around town” bag. It’s not very comfy, though; if I have any sort of weight in it, the straps really dig into my shoulder. I use it happily when I’m coated up for winter, but it’s not great with a tank top, though it looks most like summer.

  • Sarah
    March 10, 2017

    I take public transportation so I need a bag that will hold everything and not take over. I have a lug bag and it is fantastic, roomy, stylish, small footprint and is holding up really well.

  • Ana
    March 10, 2017

    Everlane always! I’m on my second Everlane backpack (like the navy one you linked, in grey) and the style, capacity, and price can’t be beat!

  • Laura
    March 10, 2017

    Elk Accessories – an Australian brand:
    It converts from a shoulder bag to backpack, with buttery soft leather in cornflower blue. This bag and a good podcast makes me look forward to my commute.

  • Kk
    March 11, 2017

    Fjallraven kanken

  • Suzanne
    March 12, 2017

    Hi there,

    I’ve been on the hunt for a mushroom colored backpack for what seems like forever. I’d prefer a soft leather as well. Anything come to mind? I’ve been using a Marc Jacobs for a few years, and it’s looking a bit worn, and I’d love to replace. Love your blog!



  • Lynn DeHoyos
    March 12, 2017

    Newer brand from India Hicks has the Jet Pack and it has a perfect padded laptop sleeve! My friends who use it love the bag and the army color is super cute.

  • Jennifer K.
    March 12, 2017

    Madewell’s Transport Satchel! Can’t live without it.

  • Chrissie
    March 13, 2017

    Filson bags are well-made and beautiful – and more pockets than you know what to do with! Mine is the 24 hour tin cloth 🙂

  • Karen
    March 13, 2017

    I use the Marc Jacobs Nylon ‘Biker’ and ❤️❤️ It. The bag is well constructed, sturdy and has the right amount of pockets.

  • streetviewmaps
    March 14, 2017

    Beautiful! It’s suitable for wearing everyday

  • Dee
    March 14, 2017

    I Love my Lo & Sons – the OG and the OMG! So functional and sleek.

  • JA
    March 14, 2017

    Have you guys heard of Dagne Dover? My friend’s sister started the company and they are doing great. I love my tote from them, fits all my stuff perfectly and stays organized!

  • Nancy K
    March 14, 2017

    I’m looking for something along these lines (feminine and functional) and really want a backpack that also includes a sleeve so it can slide over the handle of my roller suitcase. If anyone know of something, let me know! This is a great list to check out.

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