As workplaces start to reopen, we're gearing up for a stylish return to the office, planning out our business casual ensembles and investing in a trusty work bag that will get us 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.

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.

Travelteq Briefcase

Travelteq's signature Briefcase is a bestseller for a reason: integrated with smart solutions that include custom inner pockets, a Wireless Powerbank pocket, luggage strap and optional Tracker Card, it offers equal parts innovation and style. Crafted from luxurious Vachetta vegetable tanned leather with a protective finish and premium nylon inserts, 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.

Royal RepubliQ Explorer Backpack

Royal RepubliQ draws on its Scandinavian roots to create minimalist leather goods that are as functional as they are stylish. The Explorer Backpack epitomises the brand's characteristically timeless aesthetic and rebellious edge. Free of extraneous or fussy design details, it follows the form follows function philosophy. The buffalo leather construction lends it ultimate durability while a padded laptop compartment and multiple interior compartments will help keep you organised.

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.

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.

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.

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