Looking to land
a new job
? Don't leave home without your three interview
essentials: A resume, confidence, and a professional-looking outfit
. A key component of said outfit: The power bag. Your purse should be roomy enough to hold your CV, laptop, or iPad (if needed); breath mints; and everything else you need to wow your potential employer — and it should speak (stylishly) to your responsible nature. Ahead, shop 10 sophisticated styles that say, "Hire me. ASAP."
Ann Taylor Pochette Satchel ($128):
Above all else, an interview bag should be structured. Classic black is always a no-fail option — and this pick comes with a smaller pouch that nests in the outer pocket for extra spill-proof storage.
J.Crew The Harper Leather Tote ($228):
Burgundy is a polished way to add some color into your look without going overboard. Carry this tote by its top handles for your big meeting (straps tucked in), then rock it crossbody on your way home or on the weekend.
Topshop Sasha Slip Pocket Shopper Bag ($45):
Roomy totes can veer into weekender territory quickly. A tonal mixed-material shopper fits everything you need but still looks office-ready — and not like you stopped by on your way to catch a train.
ZAC Zac Posen Belay Small Tote ($395):
You don't want to go too crazy with hardware or color choices. That said, one gold clip against a rich merlot backdrop hits that just-right balance between style and seriousness.
Leatherology Belmont Structured Tote ($215):
Not only does this tote come with a hand-painted monogramming option, it's crafted from water and scratch-resistant leather. So you can be assured you'll show up to your interview looking sharp, even if you spill your coffee on the way there. (It happens to the best of us!)
Senreve Midi Maestra ($795):
It's a bit of an investment, but this bag. Holds. Everything. You can wear it as a shoulder bag, handbag, crossbody, or backpack, and it features eight interior pockets to fit everything from an iPad Pro to hand sanitizer.
Zara Midi City Bag with Metallic Closure ($40):
If you're strapped for disposable income (you are job hunting after all), this little number gets you in the polished professional zone without stretching your budget. Plus, you can wear it as a crossbody on the weekends. Score.
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