Womens Laptop Bags
"How to Buy a Laptop Bag You'll Love "
As the Internet is becoming an integrated part of our lives, buying one or two womens laptop bags is quintessential to your everyday life! We blog, surf, shop, check emails, browse through pictures, update on Facebook, work on our laptops - so what practical way is there than to buy a bag that protects and carries it whenever you're on the go?
There are so many stylish womens laptop bags to choose from - and my aim with this page is to help you select the perfect one for your precious can't-live-without baby! The best computer bag does come down to your personal needs, style and budget, so getting a computer bag that fulfills all of these criteria, along with a couple of practical functional requirements (such as the right material, just to mention a few) - guarantees that you'll love and keep it for years to come!
PS: This page is going to be a long one (2000 words according to my text editor!!), so if you're just looking to browse through the latest womens laptop bag styles, go straight to the shopping section.
How to Select a Womens Laptop Bag
What do you need?
So ask yourself: "How and where am I planning on using the laptop"? – for school, work, leisure, traveling?
Canvas laptop messenger bag and backpacks are low-key and great for school and outdoor activities. Leather laptop bags in a tote handbag-style on the other hand are perfect for work because they exude chic professionalism. If you're frequently out traveling you may need a laptop suitcase or rolling bag for your computer (unless you have a notebook or Macbook Air, of course!)
Do you need extra holding space for your contents? If that's the case - a brief or messenger bag will be the best choice. Is comfort of great importance? – how long/tiring is the commute to and from work/school? Will you be going out and about with it all day?
Asking yourself these questions will suggest what details and functions you need to prioritize in a bag. But no worries - as we go along this page we'll take a closer look at various pointers that help you narrow down your search!
Selecting a bag styleSome of the general and popular fashion laptop bag styles are:
Be aware of thieves while traveling - they love targeting at people carrying laptops and other electronics. So if your bag looks less like a laptop case then it is less likely to be stolen. If this is one of your concerns then look for general-purpose laptop bags and backpacks that will reduce the chances of being a target to pick-pocketing (see next laptop bag style).
It's naturally heavier but it's an all-arounder for anyone who likes to carry all of their stuff in one place. It's the most convenient and professional option too.
If you want to carry a backpack to work then make sure the dress code allows it and I also suggest choosing a backpack in leather for a touch of professionalism. Having lived in Seoul, South Korea - I've witnessed professionals in suits carrying sleek, leather backpacks. But this is more common with people who work in a creative field (eg. public relations, advertising, art, entertainment)
I would definitely go for leather if you want to up the sophistication of your attire. It looks chic'er and is super-durable too.
What's your style? (style, color, print)
Getting the right womens laptop bags for your personal taste is an important part of expressing your style and fashion sense. We want to carry something we love and feel comfortable with. After honing down on what laptop style (messenger, backpack, tote bag, suitcase, etc.) you need - it's time to decide on the color and print.
Colors and prints can easily affect the mood and depending on a print/color they often stir up a first-impression. You want something that reflects your personality - something's that's totally you. But if you're planning on using it for work, make sure it's appropriate for the company's image.
Going the sleek and conservative route
If your job position is in a conservative field or you appreciate classic or minimalistic fashion in general - then solid neutral hues such as black, brown and dark navy blues are the perfect colors for you. If you want your bag to stand out a little and reflect on your exquisite taste, look for details such as gold or silver hardware. Or how about a luxurious-looking texture such as croc or quilt?
Courtesy of (left to right): Clark & Mayfield - Siamod Monterosso - Women in Business
Choosing a fun laptop bag
If you don't mind showing off your fabulous personality or you simply want to create a bold fashion statement then opt for prints or a solid, bold color such as red, cobalt blue - or cute pink! These are great for adding a pop of color and interest to your outfit.
Courtesy of (left to right): Obey - Claire Chase - Mobile Edge
Keep in mind (and this is the image consultant in me that is talking) - prints and unusual colors draw attention, so these may not be your best choice if you're self-conscious about your hips or thighs. If that's the case - then you may need something low-key and neutral so that it'll blend in with your outfit.
Note: Light colors such as light grey and white make dirt very visible so have this consideration when selecting a laptop color.
My personal taste leans on Classic so I'm all for leather (yes, even faux) womens laptop bags (I have one gorgeous Etienne Aigner in tan-brown PVC that I got from eBags which I absolutely love and frequently use), especially if I'm out consulting with my clients or just want to look well-dressed.
However, we all face those days where we just want to go the café in our jeans and sweatshirts, and would care much more for a laptop bag that is casual and fuss-free (and perhaps fun?). So if you live in front of your precious laptop, securing one classy and timeless computer bag and another one for your casual outfits is a must.
Get the right size
This is regarding the laptop itself. My advise is to select a womens laptop bag that fits your computer well so that it stays secure within the bag and won't slide around - unless you're planning on clothing it in a laptop sleeve.
To determine your laptop size - measure the visible LCD screen (without the border) diagonally. This will give you your laptop screen size, ie. 13", 15", 15", 17". So if you have a 15" screen you need a 15" laptop bag and so on.
Your body figureOh and another important thing to mention is your body scale If you're planning on using the bag for casual reasons and don't mind how you'll look you can skip this. But for you ladies who want to look your best, professional and want your outfit to look well-put - you need to look for womens laptop bags that get your body proportions right.
If you have a Petite, slim body scale you'll look smaller with an oversized laptop bag. Or if you're a Plus size you'll appear bigger if you're carrying a small laptop bag. So remember to get the bag scale right. Opt for a medium-scale if you're a petite plus size or have an average body scale.
Now that we've reviewed the step-by-steps on selecting a womens laptop bag - it's time to look at some details and functional benefits that will spare your laptop from harm and keep your shoulder comfortable and happy :-)
What to look for: Basic (but important) functional requirements
Most womens laptop bags are water-resistant, but you want to be on the safe side and get all of the details of the bag. Remember that low-maintenance materials such as polyester and canvas need to be coated to be water-resistant.
Tip: To completely protect your laptop from rain and a possible water bottle leakage - protect it with a laptop sleeve and not least, organize your cosmetics and computer separately.
2. Right material
Again, your choice of material boils down to your daily needs and the image you want to project, as well as your budget. For example if you're frequently out with your laptop you need a bag that can handle everyday beating of work and commuting.
You'll find womens laptop bags in a material that is very affordable and low-key such as nylon and canvas. However leather looks much more sleeker and professional (not to mention they're durable). The downside to most leather is that they add weight to the bag - so if that's an issue, go for fashion laptop bags made of faux leather such as PVC. You'll look chic and rich for less!
Note: Keep in mind that womens laptop bags made of canvas or nylon are cheap and low on maintenance - leather on the other hand needs regular care for it to look good. Faux leather is a great alternative if you have a busy lifestyle.
A lightweight laptop is of great importance if you're planning on beating it with your activities and lifestyle. There's no reason to carry a heavy bag - we want commuting to be as comfortable as possible.
With the constant progression of technology, new fabric have and are being made to resemble quality, durable materials such as real leather but in a lightweight, durable version.
So if you're not bothered buying a bag in a man-made material (it's cheaper !) then look for laptop bags made of nylon, polyester or PVC (widely-produced plastic resembling leather but is way lighter). Other than that, you can never go wrong with canvas or nylon.
Note: You can find leather laptop bags that are lightweight - these usually have a thinner hide coming from calves or goats - processed in a way that leaves it soft, supple, lightweight yet durable. These cost more but oh boy do they feel and look fabulous! So if quality and that extra *something* are important to you, invest more money on this type of leather.
A generously padded laptop bag can also release some weight because it "holds" your computer up from the gravity.
You also know by now that the more obvious your laptop bag looks then the higher chances you'll be a target for theft, so you might want to consider a general-purpose laptop bag.
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