The Perfect Work Bag

The Best Bag for Work/Life | Frock Files

One of my favorite things about working in a space with other creative people is having the opportunity to flex my fashion muscle on a regular basis. Soon after getting hired, I realized that I just didn’t have a bag that would fit all of the things I needed for work and look appropriate for general running around. My friend PJ introduced me to a line called MZ Wallace, and after watching a video in which a woman packed so many things into one of their bags that I began thinking of her as Mary (as in Poppins), I knew I had to have one.

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I bought the Belle and fell in love with it instantly. It’s the perfect commuter bag, with so many pockets that I could easily carry everything I needed — laptop, notebook, thermos, lip balm, tissues, phone, charger, a ridiculous number of pens, my lunch, and headphones — and still have plenty of room for more. Since I tend to be that girl who dumps out the contents of her bag to find her keys, I appreciate the front pockets the most, which make it easy for me to put my keys in the same place every time. How many minutes of my life did I just get back by not having to do that any more?

The Best Bag for Work/Life | Frock Files

And you know nothing tickles my fancy more than beautiful things that are made with function in mind. Aside from the space and the aesthetics of the bags, I love love love the signature nylon that the company uses. While the trim, handles, and accessories are made with high-quality leather, the nylon is used for most of the structure of the bags, and that makes them super lightweight and durable. On top of that, the fabric has proven to be stain resistant, so even though I’ve used mine through the winter and I’m hard on my stuff, it still looks as new as the day it arrived. Oh, and the zippers? Like buttah.

Spring/Summer 2014

When MZ Wallace sent me the Tri Color Bedford Fiona bag from their Spring/Summer 2014 collection, I fell in love all over again. This is seriously the most ladylike bag I’ve ever owned. The proportions are just lovely — the straps are a good length, the bit of chain is just chunky enough without being burdensome, and the flat bottom leaves plenty of room for everything I need to carry. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many compliments on a bag before! It goes everywhere with me these days. I just love not having to transfer bags every time I get home from work. This bag will be available soon, so keep your eyes peeled for it.

The Best Bag for Work/Life | Frock Files

What are your work bag necessities? And for you mamas out there, what essentials do you keep handy? I know PJ, who just had her second little boy (congrats, friend!), has used an MZ Wallace as a diaper bag and just got another for the new baby because it’s so roomy and easy to organize. I love that idea!

P.S. More office fun here!

This post was sponsored by MZ Wallace but all opinions are very much my own. (I’m seriously, seriously a die hard fan.) Thank you for supporting brands that keep Frock Files going.

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  1. I LOVE the Fiona bag! Wish I had a reason to own yet another MZ Wallace bag, but I suppose I don’t really need a work bag right now!

    Thanks for the shout-out, friend šŸ™‚

  2. You’re so cute! xo

  3. Love all the neutral tones! I was shopping at Nordstrom this week and they are selling MZ Wallace now… the bags feel like they are very high quality and the metal feet will keep them looking like new. Great find!

  4. Found your post through a Google search for the MZ Wallace Fiona. I’m a die-hard MZ Wallace fan too; I bought the Jane when it first came out and have not been able to carry another brand since (sorry Longchamp & Furla!). My Belle has been looking a little tired so I just ordered the Fiona from Nordstroms. I carry mini iPad, toiletry bag (separate from cosmetics bag), wallet, phone, Pilates socks, and a ton of other stuff, so need something that can haul but still look sleek. Am so glad to see your great review– can’t wait to get my bag!!

    • Welcome, Pamela! I’m so happy to meet another MZ Wallace fan. I think you’ll just love the Fiona – it’s my favorite bag of all time. I like that it doesn’t look hefty, so I can go from having ALL my stuff in it to having just my wallet and phone, and I don’t ever feel like it looks odd. It’s just the right size, thanks in large part to the flat bottom. I hope you’ll let me know what you think after your Fiona arrives!

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