Best weekend bags for women—stylish bags for your next break

The best weekend bags for women deliver on style, shape and fabric

collage of the best weekend bags for women
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Trip booked? Whether you’re planning a staycation or heading further afield, you’ll want one of the best weekend bags for women. 

The phrase "weekend bag" can mean different things depending on how light you like to travel. If you’re content with just your favorite jeans and a couple of different tops, you might be able to get away with a large work backpack. Or, if you’re the kind of person that travels so heavy you attract “are you moving in?” comments for an overnight stay, a small suitcase might be a better fit. A holdall offers a good middle ground. Roomier than a tote, there’s more than enough space to fit two days' worth of outfits, plus toiletries.

The best weekend bags for women boast thoughtful features that will make your life easier. “A weekend bag needs to be practical but also look great when you’re traveling,” explains celebrity stylist and founder of P.S. Online Styling, Ella-Louise Gaskell. “I like to have one with wheels and a shoulder strap, because sometimes it’s handy to throw your bag over your shoulder, but also they can be pretty heavy - especially when traveling with lots of shoes! The wheels and pulling function helps with functionality.”

“They should also have lots of inside pockets, preferably in the lining, so you can sort your items. It’s also important to have front pockets for easy access. I always keep a book in the front pocket for the inevitable waiting around.”

As for fabric, that’s ultimately down to personal style, but to stand the test of time, it needs to be hard-wearing. “Leather or coated leather is durable and doesn’t get marked easily,” says Rachel Ingram, Editor in Chief at Threads Styling. “I like to be able to trust my luggage in an overhead compartment!” 

“Canvas (ideally cotton so it is breathable) or nylon are my go-to every time for durability, weatherproofing, and the ability to wipe clean,” adds style consultant Charlotte Verdeyen. And it’s not just the fabric of the body of your bag you need to consider, the straps are just as important. “A leather or strong webbing handle are also essential to carry the weight of everything you need."  

Weekend bags vary wildly in price depending on how much you're willing to pay. Designer bags and luggage can cost upwards of £1,000, whereas a high-street weekend bag could be just $20/£20 or less. 

Best weekend bags for women—according to our fashion team

Get ready for your next getaway in style with our edit of our go-to brands for the best weekend bags. 

Everlane The Twill Weekender

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1. Everlane

Best stylish weekend bags

RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Affordable +Fashion-forward designs 
Reasons to avoid
-Can sell out quickly 

Hopefully you'll be getting a lot of wear out of your weekend bag, so it's important that you love how it looks. Everlane's designs have been built with style in mind as much as practicality, with the end result being classic styles that are smart enough for work trips and girls weekends alike. 

Everlane weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Away The Everywhere Bag

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2. Away

Best weekend bags for flying

RRP: $$$
Reasons to buy
+Thoughtful details+Minimalist design
Reasons to avoid

Away was dreamt up to make travel easy. No more scrambling for your passport at checkout or sitting on your suitcase to wrestle everything in. With an Away weekend bag, the packing process is simple and streamlined thanks to a multitude of carefully considered pockets, hardwearing fabrics and sleek designs. Even better, Away offer a 100 day trial, so you can put your new buy through it's paces before committing. 

Away weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Longchamp Boxford Wheeled Duffle Bag

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3. Longchamp

Best designer weekend bags

RRP: $$$
Reasons to buy
+Quality fabrics+Timeless designs 
Reasons to avoid
-High-end price tags

Luxury French label Longchamp has been making travel infinitely more glamorous since their launch in 1948. They make some of the best tote bags, and their carry-all totes make room for far more than your toothbrush, with the option to expand some versions for extra space. These are an investment purchase, especially if you're opting for a wheeled version, but one you can gleefully turn to year after year, safe in the knowledge it won't have dated since your last trip. 

Longchamp weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Lululemon City Adventurer Backpack 17L

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4. Lululemon

Best weekend bags for city breaks

RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Good choice of styles+High spec fabrics 
Reasons to avoid
-Not everyone will like the sporty styles

Next time you're shopping for Lululemon leggings, give their accessories a browse too. Their weekend bags, are, just like their clothing offering, sleek, sophisticated and sporty. For those that like to go hands free, there are a variety of different backpacks on offer, in a range of shapes and sizes. Totes and duffles offer maximum storage space. Look out for bags with space to store your sweaty kit post-workout too. 

Lululemon weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Rains Weekend Bag

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5. Rains

Best durable weekend bags

RRP: $
Reasons to buy
+Waterproof+Chic shapes
Reasons to avoid
-Not many internal pockets

We hope our trips come with a side helping of a rain-free forecast, but unfortunately that's not always the case. Enter Rains. A brand designed with a focus on waterproof designs that neither look functional, nor cost the earth. Their signature PU rubber fabric is impressively durable and looks good too, with a chic matte finish. For extra peace of mind, each Rains purchase comes with a 2-year product warranty. 

Rains weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Katie Loxton Kensington Weekend Bag

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6. Katie Loxton

Best cute weekend bags

RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Option for personalisation+Stylish designs 
Reasons to avoid
-Materials might not be hardwearing 

All Katie Loxton designs have been created in-house by Katie and her team, so attention to detail comes as standard. Expect stand-out hardware and a range choice of colourways. There's the option for personalisation too, so you'll always know which bag is yours when rummaging in the overhead compartment.

Katie Loxton weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

The North Face Base Camp Voyager Duffel 42L

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7. The North Face

Best weekend bags for active trips

RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Functional fabrics+Practical pockets 
Reasons to avoid
-All casual designs 

If your idea of a weekend away is more camping than glamping, listen up. What The North Face don't know about technical clothing and accessories isn't worth knowing, and their bags are brimming with impressive features.  Just don't forget to pack your walking boots

The North Face weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Stubble & Co The Everyday Bag in khaki

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8. Stubble & Co

Best weekend bags for outdoor excursions

RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Practical design+Waterproof fabrics+Hidden compartments
Reasons to avoid
-Limited color choices

If you're looking for something stylish but casual that also packs in a load of practical features then Stubble & Co fits the bill. It offers a limited range of bags that are each designed for different needs but that all come with the practical features you might want for that occasion. Waterproof fabrics and clever design details are a plus!

Stubble & Co weekend bags–Fashion editor's picks

Jess Beech

Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is currently Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. 

She caught the magazine bug during a stint as Fashion Editor of her university newspaper alongside her English degree, and hasn’t looked back since. As for the fashion bug, that came as part and parcel of growing up in the 90s, but the less said about that the better!

Jess’ average day in the office is spent researching the latest fashion trends, chatting to industry tastemakers and scouring the internet to bring you this season’s must-buy pieces - as well as advice on how to wear them. Weekends are equally fashion-focused, and Jess has been known to visit no less than five Zara stores in a single day in search of the perfect occasion dress. 

The only thing that comes close to a buzz of finally tracking down that much-coveted dress is the joy of discovering a new beauty wonder product or hero ingredient. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.