Adam Glassman
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Q: I bring a lot with me to work: files, laptop, water bottle, sneakers. Can you suggest an affordable, professional-looking bag?
A: While you can always do the purse-inside-a-tote routine, a single multifunctional bag makes you look incredibly organized. Shop for a lightweight, structured design with pockets that keep your gear orderly. (What you don't want is a huge, formless bag in which everything falls to the bottom.) Also good: a wide opening at the top for easy access, and a zipper so you can neatly hide it all away. We test-packed these bags, and trust me, they hold a ton.

2 multifunctional bags that will help you stay organized

MZ Wallace Teflon-coated nylon bag
This chic investment bag of Teflon-coated nylon has eight helpful outside pockets and six inside.


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Butler Essentials by Jen Groover tote bag
This bold, glossy, astonishingly low-cost bag has a built-in organizer.

Butler Essentials by Jen Groover, $30;

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