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 2022.

Best men's work bags in 2022

Steele & Borough The Black Little Briefcase

Steele & Borough's briefcases are beloved by city professionals for their clean, minimalist style and streamlined efficiency. Compact yet capable, the Black Little Briefcase can hold up to 7.5 litres and features multiple pockets for all your office essentials, including a dedicated laptop compartment. Handcrafted from lightweight, water resistant nylon with refined details in vegan leather and a sturdy cotton canvas shoulder strap, allowing it to be carried like a messenger bag, 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 crossbody 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.

Aer Fit Pack 3

San Francisco label Aer creates minimalist bags and accessories that are as functional as they are stylish. For proof, just look to its Fit Pack 3, a sleek and simple backpack that's ultra-protective and easy to carry. Inspired by the city, the Fit Pack 3 balances smart features with a clean, minimalist style. Crafted from sturdy, water-resistant eco-dyed polyester with hard-wearing YKK zippers, it features multiple clever pockets, including a padded and suspended laptop pocket with soft lining. This is a bag that will take you from work to the gym seamlessly.

Maverick & Co Manhattan Deluxe Leather Briefcase

Maverick & Co. takes its name and inspiration from Mr. Samuel A. Maverick, a 19th century man who refused to brand his cattle like the norm. Now, his name is synonymous with being independently-minded and pioneering – and so is Maverick & Co. Its thoughtfully-designed Manhattan Deluxe Leather Briefcase is intended to get better with age, crafted from ultra-smooth top-grain calf leather that results in a luxurious finish. Boasting multiple compartments for a laptop, mobile phone, business cards and writing instruments, as well as an adjustable shoulder strap, it's a capable commuting companion.

RODERER Award Briefcase in Navy Blue Italian Leather

With a form-follows function design language, RODERER is committed to creating minimalist collections of bags and accessories with no flash, just great design and craftsmanship, subtly delivered. For effortless elegance at work, RODERER's Award Briefcase is a no-brainer. Handcrafted from soft grained Italian leather, its design is restrained and classic. Ideal for everyday commutes and daily office use, it's spacious enough for all your documents, as well as a laptop in the dedicated padded pocket.  Carry it in your hand or over the shoulder using the detachable strap. When travelling on business, use the practical back strap to put it over your trolley, and access your passport from the handy front pocket.

Troubadour Apex Backpack

British luggage 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.