2017 Update: We still think a lot of these computer bags and laptop sleeves are awfully cute, but you may also want to check out our recent roundup of the best laptop bags for work.
Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
It’s been a while since we rounded up cute laptop sleeves and computer bags here at Corporette, and I thought now might be a great time to do it… I find the plain black laptop bags and sleeves so boring! Readers, have you found any great laptop bags or sleeves? Do you have a preference?
|Love, Margaux has some fashionable designs for both a “commuter carryall” (pictured above) and a laptop sleeve (pictured at right). I really like the fun fabrics in heavyweight cotton, the padding for the laptop, and the multiple compartments for cables and personal things. The commuter carryall can fit laptops up to 17″; the sleeve up to 15″.|
|Aleysa Bags are big enough for a 15″ laptop, and have a fun retro vibe in lovely colors like eggplant and kelly green. They’re $265 at Aleysabags.com. Exquisite Eggplant|
|Personally, I tend to prefer sleeves to computer bags, and I like these colorful ones from StuffItBag. They’re handmade, machine washable, and only $30 per bag — and they have bags to fit laptops from 9 inches to 17 inches.|
|Don’t forget the department stores either — Bloomingdale’s, for example, has a variety of cute sleeves and bags from designers such as Kate Spade (pictured – on sale for $42),Rebecca Minkoff, Diane von Furstenberg, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Moleskine, Juicy Couture, and Harajuku Lovers.|
|Finally, I always feel like Built is the gold standard — they wear really well, they protect the computer in a lightweight way, and the fun colors makes the bags easy to find in a dark bag. I’m a huge fan of the Built sleeves, particularly. Sold at Amazonand Zappos.com.for $20-$90.|