We talk a lot in our book and our blog about the power of what we wear to work. We've both got our uniforms pretty well honed - dress and heels for Phan, jeans and shirt for Alice. But, like everyone, we still have those days when our wardrobes aren't immediately forthcoming with pieces that make us feel the way we need or want to feel. When this happens, we change our tactics and start with the bag.
Our bags have myriad uses. Yes they're practical - often full to bursting with laptops, spare shoes and workout gear. But they're also the easiest way to add personality to your outfit. A bag can convey gravitas, femininity, creativity, fun and everything in between.
For all their multi-tasking brilliance, bags are also a big investment. When we're buying a new bag, we'll spend hours researching the options - filling and rejigging our online shopping baskets. Of course, our picks are different, but they have something in common - stylish, timeless and with the ability to transform your outfit.
As usual, we've collated 5 great styles from Phanella for corporates and Alice for creatives. As always these aren't adverts or instructions but just a handy guide to get you started on choosing your perfect work companion... or two!
x Alice and Phanella x
For Corporate: Our advice is to go for clean lines and block colours - if you really must go black experiment with different geometric shapes or different textures to give it a fresher feel.
Matt and Nat, Cassidy in Peacock, £115, Mulberry, Small bayswater, Croc Navy, £995, L.K.Bennett, Regan Black, £250, DKNY, Bryant Park Saffiano Ochre, £230, Marks and Spencer, Metal Tab Shopper in White, £35
For Creative: Bags big enough to carry round a laptop are essential for most creatives but this doesn't mean you're limited to a tote (although they are great!). We love a rucksack or a bucket bag for days when we're hitting the cafes for a day of writing.
LOFT, Monochrome Straw Bag, £52.35, Matt and Natt, MUMBAI coral, £98, Oliver Bonas, Orange Ruthie Oval Tote, £45, Laura Slater Leather Backpack, Multi, £99, Kin by John Lewis, Luna Leather Tote Silver, £100