The best work backpacks for women: We pick practical and stylish commuting bags

These are the best work backpacks for women to make your days in the office as comfortable as they are stylish

composite of the best work backpacks for women from Knomo, Matches, Longchamp
(Image credit: Knomo, Matches, Longchamp)

If you're commuting on a regular basis then the best work backpacks for women are an essential for your daily needs. While they might be most associated with back-to-school vibes, they offer a smart and easy way of carrying items and we've found a luxe range of backpacks in top fabrications and designs that will take you from work to weekend in style.

While we love the best designer bags for work for unrivalled sartorial style, when it comes to the practicality of a day-to-day commute, sometimes we have to admit defeat and opt for one of the best work backpacks to lug our essentials around. The best work backpacks for women have a space for everything; from laptops to gym kits and even your lunch, you can team one with any of the best crossbody bags to keep your wallet, phone, and keys close by too. Backpacks also offer added health benefits as they spread the weight of what you're carrying across your back, leaving you largely hands-free. The padded straps can help prevent digs and pain too, making them all together a more ergonomic wear.

If you have always associated a backpack with school, have no fear. Some of the best designer bag brands also produce designer backpacks for women to keep you looking chic on the go. When shopping for the best backpack, consider what you'll need to fit in and when you'll use it to ensure you get the right fit and style for you. According to the British brand Aspinal of London, the average woman carries 17 items in her handbag at any one time, weighing roughly the same as three bags of sugar. So getting a good fit is a must. If you're worried about trying to fit too much in, you could also look at some of the best laptop bags to help spread the load. These are our best work backpacks for women, from super stylish to waterproofed fabrics and practical fastenings.

Best work backpacks for women, as chosen by our fashion team 

The best work backpacks for women should combine style and practicality. Versatile designs can also double up as the best weekend bags, with waterproof detailing making them also ideal companions for camping and adventure. The best backpacks should be roomy enough for your essentials, with plenty of practical storage solutions to help you organise your life, but without compromising on design. These are our favourites.

What backpacks are in style right now?

The beauty of a good backpack is that it will never go out of style. However, if you want a bag that you can rely on to always look trendy and chic, we recommend sticking to classic black, cream, camel, or grey. However, you can take inspiration from the spring/summer fashion colour trends 2024 if you want to go for something a little more daring for the season ahead.

In terms of shape, you can't really go wrong no matter what you pick. But this year, backpacks with a roll top are becoming increasingly popular, as are styles with flaps at the top. As long as your backpack of choice can comfortably hold everything you need and fits in with your personal wardrobe, it's a winner.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Deputy Fashion Editor at Future plc across multiple women’s magazines including Woman & Home, Woman and Woman's Own.

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Stylist, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys.

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys.

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