In 2001, I attended my first watch fair in Switzerland. I’ve made a living writing about timepieces ever since. Over the years, I’ve seen plenty of “ladies’ watches” come and go, most of them small, decorated in feminine motifs (think floral designs and mother-of-pearl dials), and powered by quartz battery movements.
Recently, however, the conversation about women’s watches has taken on new resonance, as more brands embrace the notion that a woman’s watch is – wait for it – any watch worn by a woman. In the spirit of genderless style, we highlight 15 of the best watches for women on the market today, including ultra-feminine gem-set timepieces, complicated mechanical wonders, and no-frills sport models designed to take a beating.
These are the best watches for women in 2021:
Inspired by the 80’s teen classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High, the Armitron Ridgemont features a dual analog/digital display guaranteed to appeal to vintage lovers on a budget. Bonus: It’s water resistant to 165 feet.
Skagen Aaren Naturals
Perfect for eco-conscious shoppers, the timepieces in Skagen’s Aaren Naturals collection have been designed using stainless steel with recycled content and come on straps made with leather alternatives such as mulberry bark, cork and apple.
Aaren Naturals Three-Hand Blue Leather Alternative (button)
Shinola Pee-Wee Detrola
Lovers of Americana will flip for the new Pee-Wee Detrola watch from Detroit-based Shinola, which offers a big look in a pint-sized package.
Pee-Wee Detrola (button)
Introduced in 1959, the Seiko Prospex is a cult favorite among watch lovers. This modern “re-imagining” of the Japanese watchmaker’s first sport watch has a rotating inner compass bezel and is water resistant to 660 feet.
Nomos Tangente 38 – 50 Years Doctors Without Borders
A classic of unisex styling, the new Tangente 38 from German watchmaker Nomos Glashütte benefits the nonprofit Doctors Without Borders. (The red 12 on the dial is a nod to the organization’s 50th anniversary.) The watch is available in a limited edition of 2,021 pieces, with 100 euros from each sale going directly to emergency aid services.
Tangente 38 (button)
Rado True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier
Rado pioneered the use of high-tech ceramic in watchmaking. That legacy is evident in the sleek new True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier collection, named for the Swiss-French architect, designer and painter known as the “Father of Modernism.”
True Thinline Les Couleurs Le Corbusier (button)
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Professional 300
The newly redesigned Aquaracer Professional 300 from TAG Heuer is a no-nonsense dive watch that works equally well for armchair explorers. The model’s signature 12-sided unidirectional rotating bezel hasn’t changed since the model was introduced in 1983, but virtually everything else has been updated, including a new scratch-resistant ceramic insert, an upgraded sapphire crystal and a slimmer case and bezel.
A tribute to both the Art Deco era (the design is based on a 1920s model from Longines’ archives) and the Italian notion of the “good life,” the rectangular DolceVita with a diamond-set bezel is the perfect, and perfectly elegant, timepiece for the Roaring 2020s.
Breitling Chronomat Automatic 36 South Sea Capsule Collection
Breitling’s Chronomat South Sea Capsule Collection — including this 36 mm model with the fetching midnight blue lacquered dial — channels the exotic vacation vibe we’ve all been craving, thanks to its striking hue, golden indexes and hands, diamond-set hour markers and cocktail-hued gem-set bezel.
Considered the classic starter Rolex, the Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 now comes in a sophisticated yet sporty Oystersteel and yellow gold combination bearing a golden dial with a pretty fluted motif. Take the model’s signature Jubilee bracelet as an invitation to celebrate.
With its sleek black onyx dial framed by 60 brilliant-cut diamonds, the 1966 Infinity from Swiss watchmaker Girard-Perregaux is the quintessential cocktail watch. But the mechanical timepiece has plenty of substance, too: Its in-house manufactured movement is faithful to the famed Calibre 3000, the origin of the 1966 collection.
Chopard’s Happy Diamonds watches, with their trademark floating diamonds, have been a house staple since 1976. The latest iteration of the collection (whose new face is happiness incarnate Julia Roberts), includes this Happy Ocean model, ideal for snorkeling, sunbathing or dancing on the beach.
Introduced in 1931, the Reverso by Jaeger-LeCoultre has a unique swiveling mechanism that effectively gives you two watches for the price of one (the same movement powers both sets of hands). In the new 18k pink gold Reverso Duetto Medium, the reverse side features a glossy black lacquer dial that accentuates the model’s day/night possibilities.
Imagine yourself cruising around the Eternal City on a Vespa wearing the new Serpenti Spiga double spiral bracelet watch by the Roman jeweler and watchmaker Bulgari. The coiling 18k rose gold case and bracelet, set with diamonds and complemented by a black dial, is the ultimate in chic accessories.
Whether it’s for a trip to school, the office, or the coffee shop, a good laptop bag is an essential computer accessory.
A laptop bag’s most important job is to protect the device it’s carrying, so it should be able to withstand some impact. But a good bag should also fit everything you need while looking stylish enough to make you want to carry it everywhere.
We’ve spent months testing laptop bags to find the best ones. We’ve chosen options for just about every shape, style and budget – from classic briefcase style to luxurious totes and everything in between.
The Lo and Sons O.G. 2 is fashionable, spacious, and versatile, offering the best blend of protection and style.
If you are looking for a bag that oozes sophistication, the Lo and Sons O.G. 2 fits the bill. The premium materials and thoughtful design make it feel as luxurious as it is practical and protective, which is why it’s our top pick. It starts at $378 and comes in black, caramel, and gray.
The nylon exterior is light, smooth, and water resistant, while the leather on the handles and trim feels sturdy yet sleek. The O.G. 2 has two large compartments – one exclusively for a laptop, and one main compartment with several interior pouches that could easily fit an iPad and other personal belongings.
A pocket on the bag’s back also opens up at the bottom to function as a pass-through luggage slip, which is a great perk for frequent travelers.
There’s also a dedicated shoe pouch – a unique feature for laptop bags – located in an exterior zipper pocket on the main compartment’s side. However, this pouch must be unrolled from the main compartment, which can look a bit awkward and isn’t very consistent with the bag’s generally sleek design.
The O.G. 2 comes in medium and large – though the laptop pocket is the same size on both bags.
The thickly-padded dedicated laptop pocket with spill resistant zippers makes this the most protective bag out of the ones we’ve tested. Its high-quality material, spacious interior, and beautiful, classic design help to cement its place as our best overall laptop bag.
The O.G. 2 Overnight Bag (button)
The best laptop bag for versatility
Go Dash Dot’s Puffle is a new take on the classic duffle in the style of what has become one of handbag world’s biggest trends: oversized pillow bags. The $218 Puffle has a fun and distinct look, but its versatility is what makes it a standout choice for those seeking laptop protection in a large everyday carryall.
In fact, you could call the Puffle two bags in one. That’s because one of the bag’s main features is its small removable pouch that snaps to the back of its main compartment. You can even connect the included cross-body strap to the pouch to create a mini purse, or even slip a belt through the rear loops to fashion it into a fanny pack.
The Puffle’s main compartment also includes a padded, Velcro-secured 13-inch laptop sleeve as well as plenty of unstructured space to fit clothes and other belongings. The bag also sports exterior water bottle holders, a phone pouch, and another zipper pocket.
Like the O.G. 2, the Puffle also comes with a dedicated shoe compartment, but this one is zipper-protected and located near the bottom of the bag. It’s spacious enough to fit small boots and can also be accessed by opening the bag’s main compartment. This can be useful if you need more space in the main pouch, and the design is generally more functional and seamless than that of the O.G. 2.
It comes in Black, Denim, Iridescent, and Mint Chip, and is even machine washable, making it a great choice for those looking for an all-in-one laptop bag and purse solution.
The Puffle (button)
The best laptop bag for storage
Messenger bags aren’t for everyone. But those who love them will surely adore the Bellroy Systems Messenger Bag‘s clever construction. At $199, it’s not the priciest bag on this list but certainly skews toward the premium end.
The large main pocket is closed through a unique fold-over design that uses magnets to clasp the top of the bag shut while a G-hook clasp folds it over and keeps it secure. This looks like it could be complicated to use, but it’s actually surprisingly intuitive while also offering protection against the elements.
Inside, the bag boasts a padded laptop sleeve that can fit a 16-inch laptop, a smaller fabric divider capable of fitting an iPad, two collapsible side pockets for a water bottle or individual shoes, as well as small mesh zipper pockets for accessories.
There is also a large zipper pocket on the rear of the bag that can be used for extra storage, or opened to function as a luggage pass-through.
The bag is large and can get heavy when full, which might make it difficult for some to carry, especially those who already struggle with cross-body styles. However, the padded removable shoulder strap does ease some of the pressure, and we like that the weather-resistant nylon has a rugged feel to it.
Ultimately, the Bellroy System Messenger Bag is a well-made and a great choice for fans of the messenger style. It’s large enough to fit just about anything you might want to carry, and comes in Basalt and Black color options. Another bonus: it comes with a three-year warranty.
System Messenger Bag (button)
The best laptop bag for style
If style is your top priority in a laptop bag, look no further than the Dagne Dover Signature Tote, which starts at $245. This bag is made out of colorful coated canvas and features a leather trim with handles that easily drop out of the way when you don’t need them.
This classic tote only has one large compartment that is secured by a zipper. Unfortunately, the zipper only seals the middle portion of the bag, leaving the ends exposed. This allows for easy access, but I prefer to have my belongings completely secured.
The tote features a 13-inch laptop sleeve in the Classic model, and a 15-inch laptop sleeve in the Legend model. Both are secured by a thick strap with a strong magnetic closure. There are also dedicated interior pouches for pens and a phone, along with smaller pouches for other accessories as well as an interior zipper pocket. I found the detachable neoprene water bottle holder particularly useful as it prevented my beverage from sweating through to the other contents of the bag.
The Signature Tote comes in Onyx, Bleecker Blush, Ash Blue, and Graphite, along with seasonal colors that are a bit more fun, such as Pinkish, Lime, and Pomelo. The Classic size costs $245, while the slightly bigger Legend costs $265.
There are certainly plenty of good laptop totes out there, but few can match Dagne Dover’s wide variety of fun colors. If you’re looking for a bag full of style and are willing to pay extra for it, then the Dagne Dover Signature Tote is the right pick.
Signature Tote (Legend) (button)
The best laptop bag on a budget
Sometimes the best bag is the one that gets the job done with the least amount of fuss. That logic applies to the $52.99 Targus 14-inch Cypress Slim Case, which is designed for holding your laptop and not much else.
Despite the bag’s simplicity, it offers a decent amount of storage. I’m able to squeeze a computer, an iPad with a slim keyboard, and a book in the main compartment, while all of the power cords fit in the front pocket. It’s tight, but it works.
It has one main compartment with a laptop sleeve, as well as a smaller front pocket with an organization panel for pens and other accessories. The back has a Velcro-secured luggage strap, and the bag also comes with a removable padded shoulder strap. That’s about it.
The bag comes in gray with black accents and is attractive but not particularly stylish. The environmentally-friendly design is made of a woven plastic that’s constructed from 12 recycled water bottles. The fabric doesn’t feel plasticky at all; instead, it seems soft yet durable to the touch. The bag is thoroughly padded, adding a good level of protection from drops and spills.
All told, the 14-inch Cyprus Slim Case with EcoSmart offers a tremendous amount of value for those seeking an affordable yet protective laptop bag. The style might be too utilitarian for some, but there is little doubt that this bag fulfills its intended purpose exceptionally well.
14-inch Cypress Slim Case with EcoSmart (button)
The best laptop bag for value
At $102.99, Targus’ tote looks and feels as elegant as bags more than twice this price.
Sure, the Newport East-West Tote lacks the genuine leather finishes of more premium bags, and the gold zippers don’t look as expensive as those on other models. But the build quality and overall appearance hold up nicely to the competition, making it an excellent value.
The tote is made of a black weather-resistant nylon material and features leatherette accents. The interior laptop sleeve can fit a 15-inch computer and is fastened by a Velcro strap.
The main compartment also has an organizational panel of pouches for pens and other accessories, and an interior zipper pocket. On the back, you’ll find a luggage strap along with a side-opening zipper pouch, while the front has another zipper pocket for easy access to your phone.
The bag is spacious, well organized, and protective. The well-padded laptop sleeve is so deep that it runs the full length of the bag to keep your computer thoroughly out of sight. Overall, this bag has more storage and a more fashion-friendly design than our budget pick, which might make it worth the extra money depending on your priorities.
Unfortunately, this tote has one major flaw: the interior fabric is a loud Hunter Orange and is only available in that color. This black and orange combination results in an unintended Halloween vibe that can certainly make the overall product unappealing to some.
But for those who like to rock Halloween year-round — or don’t mind the interior color — this bag offers all the storage and protection you need at a reasonable price.
15-inch Newport East-West Tote (button)
Other women’s laptop bags we considered
Dagne Dover Ryan Laptop Bag: We love Dagne Dover bags, and the Ryan Laptop Bag is no different. This neoprene bag comes in lots of fun colors, has lots of pockets, and is thoroughly protective. Ultimately, we found the $135 price for a 13-inch bag and $155 for a 15-inch bag to be a little too expensive for a bag that could barely fit a laptop, iPad, book and accessories.
Dagne Dover Weston Laptop Bag: The Weston is similar to the Ryan, but only comes in one size and offers fewer color options. Like the Ryan, it is made of neoprene and has lots of organized space for your belongings. The slightly rounder shape of the Weston gave it a little more room to store stuff, but the bag didn’t hold its shape well when carried — it sagged unattractively in the middle. Like the Ryan, the Weston is also priced at $135.
Targus 15.6-inch Cypress Briefcase with EcoSmart: This bag is a larger version of the slim case listed earlier. It features two large main compartments as well as a front pocket, and is big enough to fit just about anything work-related you can throw at it. This bag is made out of 20 recycled plastic bottles and comes with a padded shoulder strap for crossbody carrying. Even so, the bag can get too heavy to carry comfortably when it is full, while its $72.99 price tag seems a little steep for its utilitarian design.
Targus 15.6-inch Cypress Convertible Backpack with EcoSmart: Targus took its 15.6-inch briefcase and added removable backpack straps to create a versatile bag that can be carried three different ways. The nicely padded backpack straps can easily be unclipped and tucked away in their own zipper compartment for easy storage. The bag comes with another strap, so it can be worn crossbody, as a backpack, or held like a briefcase. The versatility of the design means that the bag doesn’t look particularly stylish when worn in every position. This is particularly true in backpack mode where it looks like you have a briefcase on your back, not a normal backpack. The bag costs $89.99 and is available in black and gray.
Lo and Sons Seville Tote: This luxurious leather tote offers one main compartment with a padded laptop sleeve secured by a leather-button strap, and plenty of interior storage. The exterior shell is interchangeable and comes with a nylon travel shell that is lightweight, water-resistant, and has a luggage sleeve. The Seville Tote is expensive — it starts at $346.80 — and lacks exterior pockets, which means there isn’t a spot for quick access to your phone and other essentials. This is a real drawback at this price, though the bag still has a lot to offer those looking for a premium tote.
Whether you’re someone who believes in a wardrobe of shades, or you’re a loyalist who wears the same pair every day, you can’t underestimate the importance of a solid pair of sunglasses. While eye protection is a priority, the style of your shades should match your own personal style. From classic circles to slightly-trendier squares, there’s a wide array of retailers boasting unique designs.
Here’s what to look for when shopping for sunglasses:
They block 100% UV rays: Though the style can make or break sunglasses, protection should take precedence. AAO says this is the most important factor when selecting a pair.
They are relatively big: Big frames may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but additional coverage can help to prevent sun damage inflicted on the eyes. Pay special attention to wraparound-style glasses, AAO notes, that block some UV rays from entering from the sides.
They are durable: Look closely at the temples on both sides, as well as the formation of the screw and hinges. You may have to get certain frames adjusted, but make sure they are of good quality.
They are comfortable: Comfort is key, so you want to take note of how they feel at the bridge of your nose. Some sunglasses have nose pads for extra support, though some people may find slight pressure to their nose uncomfortable. Find a pair that you can wear for hours.
Keeping shopping notes in mind, we rounded up the best places to buy sunglasses so your elegant eyewear will last you throughout the warmer months for years on end. And while this guide specifically calls out sunglasses marketed for women, we think anyone should feel free to wear any type of sunglasses, regardless of gender or how it’s labeled.
Here are the best places to buy women’s sunglasses in 2021:
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Ray-Ban has been a favorite retailer of sunglasses for years, thanks to its classic frame shapes and great customer service.
Ray-Ban has been a big name in the sunglass business for over 80 years, and they’re still credited with making some of the best glasses today. They come in a variety of styles, honoring timeless classics like the Aviators, as well as frames inspired by modern trends. Ray-Ban also offers most glasses in a variety of sizes, so you can get a perfect fit for your face.
All Ray-Ban lenses have UV protection, so they’re as functional as they are fashionable. You can choose from classic, mirrored, or polarized lenses. All offer different levels of UV protection and come in a variety of colors.
Many members on the Insider Reviews team swear by their Ray-Bans for their flattering styles and high-quality, durable frames that last for years. You can bet that if you choose to spend the money on a pair of Ray-Bans, it’s an investment you’ll have for a long time. — Remi Rosmarin
Under Armour has an athletic appeal to its sunglasses, which are specifically designed for golfing and other activewear outside.
Much like their workout tanks and leggings, performance is a key player in Under Armour‘s shades. Many of the brand’s glasses feature “multiflection” coatings on the lenses, which helps guard against scratches and smudges if they are dropped. Plus, the coating protects against intense sunlight, which is great for long outdoor workouts.
MVMT sells modern, comfortable shades that are as timeless as the brand’s popular watches.
MVMT is popularly known for its line of simple, yet sleek watches — and its wide array of sunglasses are equally stylish.
The Rival pair, in particular, is one to consider. Featuring sleek round frames and a tortoiseshell design, it’s no surprise this 1950s-inspired model is one of the brand’s bestsellers. The pair is crafted with comfortability and durability in mind, too, with a green lens color that provides a subtle flair to typical eyewear.
Another top pick is the Nightowl — a truly trendy pair. The stainless steel brow bar really pops, giving you a modern twist on a classic Aviator style.
The Ace Sunglasses, a black option with gray lenses, channel the sleek style MVMT is known for, They are mid-sized and provide a sure level of comfort and durability, too. And for all of its sunglasses, MVMT offers a two-year limited warranty on any defects, which just sweetens the deal.
For stylish, anti-glare sunglasses that you can try before you buy, Warby Parker is the place to shop.
Warby Parker has been making budget-friendly eyewear since 2010, and the brand’s focus on quality and affordability make them a true standout. Unlike other retailers, Warby Parker allows you to choose up to five frames to try for five days before you buy them. Find a pair you love, and the brand will send you a brand new pair — they’ll even add your prescription.
All of Warby Parker’s sunglasses feature anti-scratch and anti-glare coatings at no extra cost, which certainly will help you keep the sun at bay. An eye-catching piece is the Delaney, a unique blend of rose gold and medium brown in a chic style.
Warby Parker‘s “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” pledge is another reason to shop this brand. With this program, Warby Parker will donate a pair of glasses to someone in need with every purchase of a pair of prescription glasses or sunglasses. That way, you can feel as good as you look.
For a sweet splurge on sunglasses, Shopbop has you covered with brands like Saint Laurent, Gucci, and Prada.
Shopbop is one of my favorite places to shop because the curation of products is on point season after season.
If you’re looking to splurge on a pair of sunglasses, Shopbop has more than enough options to excite your shopping senses. The online store has a dedicated designer sunglass boutique where you can find eyewear from brands like Prada, Gucci, and Saint Laurent.
Whether it’s timeless styles or on-trend frames, Shopbop has them all. They also have a host of more affordable options from brands like Quay and Le Specs if that’s what you’re looking for.
One of my favorite things about Shopbop is that you can sign in with your Amazon account and get all of the Prime benefits with your Shopbop order — that means free, speedy two-day shipping and free returns. On top of that, Shopbop offers outfit ideas with every product, including sunglasses. You can choose to “shop the look” at the bottom of the page and find some great inspiration for clothing pairings. For high-end sunglasses and a style-first experience, you can’t go wrong with Shopbop. — Remi Rosmarin, commerce reporter
GlassesUSA has a slew of options, including designer frames, that allow you to customize your perfect pair of sunglasses.
GlassesUSA provides a bevy of eyewear options, yet its sunglasses really stand apart. Offering designer sunglasses, like Ray-Ban, along with prescription frames and sports options, they have a pair for every need and lifestyle imaginable.
Conveniently, GlassesUSA makes customizing sunglasses accessible. Just upload your prescription, choose your insurance provider, and have fun adding cute finds to your shopping cart. There is also a 100% money-back guarantee when ordering from GlassesUSA, so it’s not only a great hub to try out new trends,
A sharp choice is the Tom Ford TF606, featuring full-rimmed round frames with adjustable nose pads for a customized fit. The Amelia E. Kristy and Ottoto Damiano pairs, on the other hand, offer the oversized look AAO recommends for receiving enough UV ray protection — and are also happen to be super stylish.
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Costa Del Mar
Costa Del Mar has an array of options that are sustainable, don’t distort color, and are perfect for water activities.
If you’re looking for sustainable shades, Costa Del Mar is your one-stop-shop for designs made from recycled and eco-friendly materials. And, the sunglasses are of high quality — there are at least eight people who inspect each pair before it ships. We were blown away in our review of the brand.
For each pair, the hinges are corrosion-resistant and the frames are colored with bio-resin to prevent chipping. Not to mention, the brand is well known for its 580 lens technology that polarizes while eliminating glare and filtering reflective light for clarity.
For lifestyle glasses, the new Mayas feature a lightweight frame in an attention-grabbing cat-eye style. The nose pads and temple grips help keep them comfortably on your face in the warmer months, too.
For other styles, the Fernandina‘s have a minimal rose gold design, while the Anaa‘s reflect are more designer-like. Uniquely, the Cut style has a boxier look that is great for tanning outdoors.
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Laptop bags are one of the trickiest accessories to get right. We all want something that is stylish and easy to carry, but also durable enough to withstand a long commute.
Some people prefer to stuff their laptop in large, fashionable bags, but we recommend finding something that at least has a dedicated laptop compartment. Luckily, there are plenty of attractive and protective options available.
The new generation of laptop carriers runs the gamut from techy styles with tons of extras to fashionable tote bags in luxurious leather. We love all different kinds of bags and have included a mix on this list to suit a variety of worker’s needs.
We are currently in the process of testing a whole new batch of bags to see if they stack up to the ones already on this list. For now, the following four bags reign supreme.
The Ryan Laptop Bag from Dagne Dover is super functional, complete with the brand’s signature interior compartment system, and very cute.
Pros: Tons of compartments, detachable key fob, convertible straps, water resistant Cons: Expensive
Laptop bags that actually look like laptop bags can be cute. The everyday-bag masters over at Dagne Dover have proved it with the design of the Ryan Laptop Bag, which is both stylish and very practical.
It’s very similar to the brand’s best-selling Signature Tote, with a more durable, tech-friendly exterior made of water-resistant neoprene. The interior contains Dagne Dover’s signature compartment system. There’s a laptop sleeve, a key ring, several card slots, and mesh pockets to organize your workday essentials. A zippered exterior pocket allows you to stash items you reach for on the go, like your subway card, passport, and cell phone.
The Ryan is available in both Medium ($135, carries most 13-inch laptops) and Large ($155, carries most 15-inch laptops) sizes and can be worn as a crossbody or shoulder bag.
“I wish the Dagne Dover Ryan Laptop Bag had existed while I was in college, because it would’ve actually held up to all the heavy study materials and the laptop I carried around campus,” Insider Picks reporter Connie Chen wrote in a previous review.
If you are a teacher or member of the military, you are eligible for a 20% discount on any Dagne Dover purchases you make. Simply fill out this form using your official education or military email address and the company will give you an exclusive code to use at checkout.
The best affordable laptop bag
With nearly 1,000 5-star customer reviews on Amazon, the Ytonet 17-Inch Laptop Bag is a relative bargain that will not let you down.
Pros: Affordable, has a lot of compartments, expandable, water resistant
Cons: Not the most stylish
You truly do not need to spend a ton of money in order to find a good quality laptop bag you’ll actually want to carry every day. Sure, the Ytonet 17-Inch Laptop Bag is not the most stylish option on the market. But it’s not hideous, and it is practical and affordable.
This sleek, structured rectangular bag contains a multitude of compartments to hold everything you could possibly need for one workday (or a full week of them). Seriously, there’s an individual pocket for a cell phone, laptop, tablet, passport, pen, umbrella, water bottle, and even clothing!
You can pack for a short business trip using just this one bag. There’s even an expandable zipper to give you more room, effectively turning your laptop bag into a duffle. The bag has a 4.6-star rating based on nearly 1,300 Amazon customer reviews and has been praised by Travel + Leisure.
Pros: Lots of interior pockets, fits 13-inch or 15-inch backpack, high-quality materials
Dagne Dover really knows what its doing as far as work bags go. The Signature Tote is very similar to the more utilitarian in appearance Ryan Laptop Bag we chose as our top pick, only it doesn’t look like a laptop bag at all.
If style is a top priority for you, you can’t go wrong here. The Signature Tote is made of coated canvas with leather trim. It has a classic and simple silhouette that won’t go out of style or clash with anything in your closet.
Dagne Dover’s founder and CEO Melissa Mash sums up our feelings about the tote best: “It’s no longer good enough to just be ‘arm candy’. Nowadays we expect the services and products we use to multitask, to be data-driven, and to work harder,” Mash told Insider Reviews’ director of content strategy Ellen Hoffman in a previous interview. “Dagne Dover is the only brand in the handbag market that does so while continuing to be stylish and organized.”
This bag comes in a bunch of colors and four sizes, but the Classic ($245) and Legend ($265) styles are the only ones large enough to fit a laptop. Inside both models is a padded compartment large enough to conceal a 13-inch or 15-inch laptop, respectively, three pen loops, a phone/MetroCard pocket, a detachable key leash, and a neoprene water bottle holder.
If you are a teacher or member of the military, you are eligible for a 20% discount on any Dagne Dover purchases you make when you fill out this form using your official education or military email address. The company will give you a special discount code to use at checkout.
Pros: Water resistant, stylish, comes in two sizes, easy to carry, optional key leash
Our affordable pick is a great option for travel but if you’re looking for an upgrade, the O.G 2 Overnight Bag from Lo & Sons should be on your radar. Its predecessor comes highly recommended by Insider Reviews editors.
Not only are the overnight bags super cute, with a water-resistant nylon exterior available in a variety of chic, understated colors, they’re extremely functional for overnight trips or use as an airplane personal item. One of the more unique features is the adjustable back panel that slides over a rolling luggage handle for easy transport as you move from security to your gate. You can choose from two sizes: medium ($378.00) and large ($398.00).
Carry the bag top-handle or use the attachable messenger strap and toss it over your shoulder. A series of pockets, including a padded laptop sleeve and a side pocket for shoes, make organization easy. Lo & Sons says the internal laptop sleeve for both sizes of the bag fits up to 13-inch laptops. Some 14-inch and 15-inch laptops can fit inside of the main compartment of the bags, but do not fit inside of the padded laptop compartment.
“With all of the smart features, I’ve found I’m able to fit just about everything I need for a weekend away in this one bag,” writes Insider Reviews reporter Remi Rosmarin of the previous model. Travel experts at Huffington Post and Good Housekeeping are also big fans.
Better yet, the O.G. 2 linked here has a dedicated laptop sleeve, and it has been reinforced for stability when fully packed up.
Other women’s laptop bags we look forward to testing
Everlane oversize Caryall: This large catch-all bag has a dedicated laptop compartment and comes from the maker of our much loved – but now discontinued – Everlane Form bag.
Cuyana Tall Structured Leather Tote: Cuyana is known for its sustainable and ethically-sourced bags. This tote features a dedicated laptop compartment and is made from Italian leather from a woman-owned factory.
Bellroy System Messenger bag: This laptop bag is for travelers on-the go. It has a padded laptop pouch and lots of pockets – including ones that pop out and back in when not in use. The bag’s luggage slip also fits over travel luggage handles.
Go Dash Dot Puffle bag: This fun bag is Go Dash Dot’s take on the classic duffle bag. It can be worn on the shoulder or as a cross body. It has a dedicated laptop compartment, as well as an interior zipper that can release a shoe compartment for more depth.
EaseGave laptop bag for women: This stylish and affordable bag has a dedicated padded laptop pouch with a reinforced bottom and comes in 13 different colors.