Most traditional laptop bags were not built with women in mind. Generally speaking, most bags are generic, black, boring corporate drone-looking cases with little to no pizzazz. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a super-cute, fashion-forward tote that will also offer your precious machine the protection it deserves. You simply need to know where to look: here at Laptopmag.com. We’ve done the digging to bring you the best looking shoulder bags around that offer safety and style in a design you won’t be ashamed to carry with you anywhere.
The Melissa Beth Pocket Full of Puter, which features a felt exterior with leather trim, is available in bright orange or pale blue. Both colors evoke a '50s sense of style, while the TSA-friendly interior proves this is definitely a modern bag. A 13-inch laptop straps into the padded side, while the other is fit for holding papers and other small items. The rest of the interior space is perfect for holding gym clothes.
The budget-friendly price tag on the Solo Vintage Collection Executive Tote belies its high-fashion style. The all-black, polyester exterior is ready to go from boardroom to after-work drinks. A padded section with a Velcro closure holds up to a 15-inch laptop, and an organizer pocket is ready for your USB drives and car keys. The main compartment is cavernous. We also like the ride-along pocket that will slip over the telescoping handle of a roller bag.
While the canvas-clad Kelly Moore Pilot Backpack was designed to haul a DSLR and its accompanying lenses, what good photographer goes anywhere without his or her laptop (up to 15 inches)? The adjustable backpack straps will help ease the load. A large leather flap covers the drawstring top, and the antique brass hardware adds a touch of class.
Made of the company's signature nylon material, the LeSportsac Taylor Laptop Bag is built to last. The chromatic dot pattern feels fresh and fun. Inside, your 13-inch laptop sits snugly inside a snapped enclosure. The handle drop design is laid-back and easy to carry, but best of all, it doesn't scream "laptop bag" to would-be thieves.
For the woman who knows exactly what she wants, the Timbuk2 Prospect Messenger Bag is a great place to start for the perfect laptop bag. The company's customizable store lets you pick the colors and fabrics for the top roll, flap, sides, body and underside. You'll have about 35 choices in each area. The TPU liner makes it a breeze to clean up spills inside. Plus, a 15-inch laptop compartment keeps your other stuff separate from your computer.
As with every Mayfair piece from Knomo, the Mayfair Grosvenor comes with a special compartment for the Knomo Leaf 5000-mAh battery ($132) for charging your smartphone or tablet. The refined and classy design is aided by the Saffiano-leather trim on top of the lightweight nylon exterior. A 15-inch laptop can sit inconspicuously in a quilted laptop pouch with shockproof protection.
The Case Logic Reflexion messenger bag tells the world you're ready for the boardroom but you're determined not to be boring. The asymmetrical front pocket opens to store grab-and-go items, such as keys, while the main inside pocket is big enough to hold a big pair of headphones. Also inside you'll find separate, protective pockets for laptops up to 15 inches and tablets up to 10 inches. Side pockets are intended for water bottles.
Firmly in the super-cute category, the Ogio Hampton's bag with removable belt comes in comes in Black, Red, Terra, Tide or Yellow for a mere $65. A flop-down compartment, cleverly hidden by the buttoned-up front, conceals a dedicated iPad compartment as well as space for pens, business cards, keys and whatnot. On the side sits a quick-access slip for your smartphone, and on the inside you'll find space for up to a 15-inch laptop, a zippered pocket for valuables and a separate space for files or other larger items. Meanwhile, the padded shoulder straps make all-day wear a cinch.
The Targus UltraLife Thin Canvas Case offers a modern, minimalist design in a slim and tapered profile with a pleated front design. This shoulder bag snuggly fits your 14-inch Ultrabook in the middle while the expandable front pocket with magnetic closure gives you the storage you need for on-the-go access to files, newspapers, keys and any number of other items. The exterior is made of soft cotton canvas with durable, leather-like accents while the interior is lined with soft micro-suede to protect against scratches. A discrete and retractable handle offers an alternative to the removeable shoulder. You can choose from black, grey or white for as little as $59.99.
It's reversible. It's made of leatherlike but vegan-friendly materials. And it will hold just about anything you could possible want to take with you, including your 17-inch laptop or 10-inch tablet. The Slouchy Vegan Tote comes with an attached zipper pouch for coins or other small items. Plus, the long strap is removable. Now you just need to choose between the copper/natural, plum/taupe, brown/sky, sea/tan, black/tan, gray/blush, whiskey/blue or mulberry/taupe combinations.