It's Sunday evening. You're planning out your business casual ensembles for the week and searching frantically for a trusty work bag that will get you to and from work efficiently and elegantly. But where to start? When it comes to finding the perfect work bag, there are a lot of factors to consider. You'll need something spacious and sturdy, but not too bulky, with just the right amount of compartments and comfortable straps for easy carrying. It obviously has to look the part, too: you want your work bag to show you mean business.

Whether you're a staunch briefcase guy, or prefer a more casual backpack or messenger bag, you're guaranteed to find your perfect commute companion in our round-up of the best work bags for men in 2021.

7 top men's work bags

Stubble & Co Commuter Bag

Stubble & Co's signature Commuter is a bestseller for a reason: integrated with clever storage solutions that include a padded laptop compartment, a notebook or iPad sleeve and two side pockets for a water bottle or umbrella, it offers equal parts innovation and style. Handcrafted from premium waterproofed canvas with full grain leather details and Japanese engineered YKK zips, it's made to stand the test of time.

Carl Friedrik Vallance Slim Leather Briefcase

Carl Friedrik's Vallance Briefcase is as classic as they come, with an elegantly understated aesthetic that will never age. Handmade in Portugal by a team of skilled artisans, it boasts durable Vachetta leather construction and a heavy-duty Raccagni zipper that will ensure easy access every time. Choose from three timeless hues: Black, Chocolate or Cognac.

Mismo M/S Satchel

Danish label Mismo's signature minimalist style extends to this versatile satchel, which is the ultimate all-occasion bag, ideal for work or the weekend. Use it as a regular messenger bag with the front flap down, or fold the flap inside the bag to transform it into a two-handle briefcase. Made from waterproof hard woven Italian nylon with a foamed laptop compartment and sturdy YKK zippers, it's guaranteed to see you through years of commutes.

Globe-Trotter Centenary Attaché

British heritage brand Globe-Trotter is renowned for its luxury luggage, but it also happens to make a great line of work bags, in the form of retro-inspired attachés that exude business sophistication. We love the rich oxblood hue of this Centenary Attaché, which is designed to age beautifully over time. Classic black leather trim completes the look.

Thread & Tonic Laptop Sleeve

British label Thread & Tonic creates minimalist leather bags and accessories that are as functional as they are stylish. Case in point: this sleek and simple laptop sleeve that's ultra-protective and easy to carry. Sustainability is at the heart of Thread & Tonic, which is evidenced by its choice of eco-friendly materials. This laptop sleeve is made from chrome-free leather, with an interior lining made entirely from recycled plastic. All custom hardware is made from recycled zinc and the thread is recycled Gutermann thread.

Hardgraft Belted Backpack

Made in Italy from thick yet supple vegetable tanned leather with soft wool lining on the inside, Hardgraft's Belted Backpack exudes timeless luxury. It's easy to pack and easy to carry, thanks to belted closure zips that wide open for easy access. A padded laptop compartment keeps everything safe and in order.

Troubadour Apex Backpack

British bag brand Troubadour has mastered the art of fusing minimalist style with maximum performance. Case in point: the Apex Backpack, which you'll want to carry with you at all times, whether you're commuting to work, heading to the gym or escaping for a weekend jaunt. Made from waterproof Italian vegetable-tanned leather, it has a zipped and padded pocket for your laptop, as well as multiple internal pockets for easy organisation. A breathable back panel & ergonomic padded shoulder straps guarantee ultimate comfort.

Gear up for a stylish return to the office with these back-to-work essentials.