I'm the type of person who sees a color-coordinated #shelfie or alphabetical binder tabs and feels overwhelming peace and happiness. I absolutely love organization. And while I can appreciate an organized display more than anything, there are certain areas of my own life that I still haven't been able to organize in the color-coded, place-for-everything kind of way I have always wanted to. Take, for instance, my work bag.
For as long as I can remember, I've been shoving all my work-related belongings into a giant, single-compartment tote bag (read: I can never find anything in that blackhole of a bag). That is, until recently when I stumbled upon an Instagram photo of the most gorgeous, organized work tote I had ever seen. It had a compartment for everything: from a laptop, to a water bottle, to gym sneakers. It even had a key leash to eliminate the dreaded key dig. Looking at that photo of the bag, I was practically having an organizationgasm — I knew I had to have it, and thus I discovered Dagne Dover.
If you’re an organization-lover like me, Dagne Dover is about to be your favorite bag brand. The brand offers everything from tote bags to satchels to backpacks and gym bags, all with the guarantee that the design of the bag will make your fast paced lifestyle more seamless. Ever since I started relying on Dagne Dover’s Simone Satchel to stash my items for work, I’ve never had to dig for my key outside my front door in the rain: it’s always at hand on a detachable leather key leash. My laptop never slides around thanks to a designated, separate compartment. Even my phone has it’s own place. And if I’m going to yoga after work, I take my extra-roomy Allyn Tote, which has an insulated pouch for a water bottle and plenty of room for a pair of sneakers and a change of clothing.
Dagne Dover bags don’t exactly come cheap, but they are well -made, so one bag is an investment that’ll last you forever. The brand offers options in coated canvas and leather, in everything from your classic neutral hues to a cheery striped coral for spring to the perfect deep oxblood for colder months. Check out some of my favorite designs from Dagne Dover below to find the bag that’s perfect for your everyday needs.
The Simone Satchel
Don't be fooled by Simone's sleek, slim build: She's a laptop-toting workhorse. Inside the leather beauty (available in oxblood, onyx, and bone colorways), you'll also find a center console with three card slots, two phone pockets, two pen holders, a detachable leather key leash, and a large zipper pocket.
The Allyn Tote
Got a heavier haul? Allyn's your gal. With plenty of space for a swap of clothing, an extra pair of shoes, and all your everyday essentials, this multitasking pro has got you covered for anything even the busiest day throws your way. A nice touch: a (detachable) waterbottle pouch. If you like variety, it comes in nine colorways and three sizes.
The Charlie Tote
If your laptop follows you wherever you go, this is the bag you should be carrying. Aside from the separate zippered compartment for your computer, Charlie also has designated areas for your charger, your tablet, and your phone. Best of all, the waterbottle/coffee cup compartment ensures that you will never, ever spill your morning beverage all over your electronics again. Oh, and the bag's elegant silhouette doesn't hurt either.
The Landon Carryall
Landon is the queen of versatility. Available in a range of four sizes (and 12 colorways!), this is the bag you'll want to tote everywhere from the gym to an extra long weekend away. It's made of super lightweight neoprene and includes a dustbag for shoes and a pouch for your other goodies.
The Dakota Backpack
Dakota may just be the most perfect — and, of course, organized — backpack you'll ever use. An airmesh tablet sleeve, two airmesh interior pockets, and two zipper exterior pockets help keep all your stuff in place. The lightweight, washable bag also includes the brand's signature key leash, and is available in three different sizes and 12 colors.
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