Navigating work, gym and a social life can be tricky – and you need a really good bag to make it work.
When youve got a morning spin class and then a day choc-full of important meetings, you dont want to have to lug a giant tote bag around with you – particularly one that clashes with your super professional outfit.
But smart gym bags do exist. Bags which will house all of your sweaty kit and still fit sleekly on your back or shoulder.
We want durability, a non-ugly design and compartments that will keep our sweaty socks separate from our packed lunches – that cant be too big an ask?
We tracked down the best of the bunch – all the bags that will take you from your hiit class, to the office, to the bar – without making you look like youre moving house after work.
The City Adventurer is sleek, stylish and incredibly functional.
Theres a built in pouch for your water bottle on the inside to prevent leaks, and a separate compartment for sweaty kit.
Its vegan, its breathable, it has anti-smell linings – its a firm fave.
The Charli Backpack is both really useful and really smart – it has a secret compartment at the bottom – perfect for trainers or sweaty kit.
Its also fully wipeable and laptop friendly – which is great if youre days are often all over the place.
This Herschel duffel has a tough tech construction which is great for modern travel – busy days in the office and weekends away.
It has an exterior shoe zip compartment which is perfect for your gym trainers – and keep the rest of the contents free from any unsavoury smells.
Cole Haan, ZeroGrand Backpack, £232.07
Ok, yes this one is pricey – its also really cute. We love the utility-style pockets and clips – very on trend.
It also has protective leather feet, pockets for your water bottles and a mesh laptop sleeve.
If you love it as much as we do maybe its one to ask for on your birthday. A big birthday…
If youre after something a little bit different, this vibrant duffal back is a great option.
Smart enough for any business meeting, inside there is a nylon laundry bag and two side pockets perfectly sized for water bottles.
A handy pocket on the back of the bag is the perfect place to tuck away your passport or phone. We live for multiple compartments.
Neutrals are huge this spring and summer – so this tote will likely go with most of your new season outfits.
Made from 100% recycled nylon with leather details, the Thea Powder features a yoga mat slip pocket and an internal laptop pocket.
It also has adjustable buckles at either side for added security.