Black handbags make outfits look instantly smarter, so add these to your ‘return to the office’ wardrobe
Heading back to school? Sorry, back to work? Upgrade your primary urge for a new pencil case and fresh set of stationery for one of the best black handbags instead. Now offices are opening up and we are heading into actual workplaces to mingle with IRL colleagues (instead of neck-up versions over Zoom) it’s time to return to carrying a proper work bag – whether your preference is for cross-body styles or tote bags.
Pockets are useful and popping out with nothing but your keys and phone for the daily walk was fun… for a while… but there is something super satisfying about packing a work bag on Sunday night… wallet (obvs), phone (check), make-up bag, umbrella, planner… (tick, tick tick)
You might be doing 3:2 office days or a weekly commute but either way you’ll find a bag in our expert edit that works for your budget, style and practical needs, however many essentials you need to cart around.
We are all working harder at wearing our clothes more, to help bring down your garment’s impact on the planet, and a handbag is something you’ll likely carry all season long, day in day out. Being sustainably-minded also works out well if you’re calculating cost per wear and considering investing in a designer bag.
So which are the best black handbags we rate for your return to work? Sorry to sound like your mum, but you do need to think about your back. If you are carrying tonnes of stuff (spare shoes, water bottle…) a nylon bag will be lighter, even when it’s full. Prada’s recycled nylon satchel is a cult find. ASOS have a shopper style with a practical removable tablet case (winner, winner) and Meghan Markle’s beloved Strathberry have a versatile style, which you can change the straps. If you like to add your own touches to a bag, check out The Mulberry Iris as you can choose the colours and finishes for a personalised finish. And if you’re a designer fan, search for a pre-loved version of the iconic Chanel 2.55 style – we found one on Vestiaire Collective but you better be quick! Now, all you need is a blazer and you’re good to go!