As twenty-somethings with steady jobs, we need an accessory large to hold all of our work essentials. It needs to be an upgrade from the ones we used to carry our books in school–we’re in the “real world” and we’re getting “real” paychecks.

Since we dress to impress, one of the easiest ways to pull your entire look together is with a quality commuter bag. Whether you’re wearing a power suit or jeans and a blouse, a commuter bag shows you’re a serious career woman (even if you also use it for just going to the gym).

Because we know you want to spend your paychecks wisely, we’ve found five faux-leather totes to carry your laptop and everything under the sun under $150:

Street Level Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet, $48,

street level tote

Sole Society “Milan” Reversible Tote, $59.95,

sole society tote

Danielle Nicole Color Block Faux Leather Tote, $98,

danielle nicole tote

J.Crew “Downing” Tote in Metallic Leather, $129.99,

j crew tote

Banana Republic “Ashbury” Tote, $130,

banana republic tote

Kelsi Dagger Two-Tone Commuter Tote Bag, $135,

kelsi dagger tote

Zara Colored Leather Shopper, $139,

zara tote

Madewell Mini Transport Tote, $148,

madewell tote

Now about making that commute any faster….


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

Write A Comment