Best Business Casual Backpacks - When Smart Style Meets Urban Carry

With longer daily commutes, hectic meetings and travel become more frequent it’s no secret that finding a reliable way to carry your daily essentials is more important than ever.

Yet the truth is that modern work places are becoming more relaxed and business casual is quickly becoming the norm for many young professionals. But when the book bag is too immature and the briefcase too formal, a clean and modern business casual backpack is the clear answer.

Here are our top picks for the best business casual backpacks that look refined enough to wear to the office but have all of the functionality we have come to expect from a reliable backpack.

Best Business Casual Backpacks

Incase CITY Commuter backpack

Incase CIty Commuter

The Incase City Commuter takes everything we love about the original Incase City backpack and adds extra storage space via a roomier main compartment that expands when needed. This allows for a versatile work backpack that can also fit gym gear, extra clothes or a lunch.

Those who need to lug around a lot of tech will love the plush fleece laptop compartment and organizers for things like phones, tablets and other expensive electronics. The backpack’s design is sleek and minimalist making it perfect for business casual settings. 

Aer Tech Pack

Aer Tech Pack

The Aer Tech Pack takes what we love about the original Aer Pack and adds more carry capacity, a separate padded laptop pocket and a side-handle to allow the bag to carried as a duffle. 

As a business casual backpack, the Aer Tech Pack checks the boxes of a lot of our must-haves. Its organizers allow for secure carry of work essentials like pens, glasses and tech accessories while the main compartment is perfect for everything from files to personal items like gym clothes or a lunch. Design-wise, the Aer Tech Pack is sleek enough to wear to the office thanks to its sleek minimalist design.

ISM Classic Backpack - Unisex business casual backpack for women and men

ISM The Classic Backpack

With The Classic backpack, ISM offers a unisex business casual backpack that can also double as a sophisticated errand bag for when you are off the clock. Small touches such as full grain leather details and black or gold accents are what helps elevate The Classic backpack above other bags in its class.

Along with a great look, the Classic Backpack features a dedicated laptop compartment that is separate from the main compartment, a leather port for routing a charging cable or headphones and foam padded back and shoulder straps for comfortable carry.

Targus Newport Backpack - Womens business casual backpack

Targus Newport Backpack

Designed as a backpack for work, the Targus Newport allows enough room for a laptop, files, and other daily essentials while still looking sleek enough to wear with dressier office apparel. The bag itself is slim and compact, making it the perfect women’s business casual backpack. Made of weather-resistant nylon, the bag allows for confident commuter carry even when the weather gets less than perfect. 

Bellroy Classic Backpack - A stylish business casual backpack

Bellroy Classic Backpack

The Bellroy Classic backpack offers a great balance between minimalist design and utilitarian carry. While the outside of the bag is understated enough to wear as an office-friendly business casual backpack, the inside is surprisingly organized. 

The main compartment of the Bellroy Classic features a padded organizer that can fit a laptop up to 15-inches, A5 documents or an iPad. Inside the main compartment is also where you will find mesh pockets for smaller accessories while the top of the backpack features a hidden pocket for glasses or other valuables that need quick access.

Timbuk2 The Authority - business casual backpack

Timbuk2 The Authority Backpack

The Authority Pack by Timbuk2 was designed with modern work carry in mind. The bag itself is a mix of function and clean design. Inside you’ll find enough room to store you 17-inch laptop and other personal or business items. The bag is divided is various pockets for easy organization with a rear access padded pocket for easy laptop access. 

The Authority Pack is thin and structured enough to not look bulky or sloppy when worn. This structured look makes it the perfect business casual backpack for who want to look professional without sacrificing functionality. 

Thule Subterra backpack

Thule Subterra Backpack

The Thule Subterra is a thoughtfully designed work backpack made for busy lifestyles. At 30 liters, the Subterra is large enough to double as a travel or gym backpack while its internal organizers and pockets make it ideal for daily carry. 

Subtle features such as zip side water bottle pockets that stay hidden when not in use and breathable back panel and shoulder straps are what makes the Thule Subterra a true daily carry workhorse.

Defy Bags Bucktown Backpack - Urban business casual backpack for commuters

Defy Bags Bucktown Backpack

The Bucktown by Defy Bags offers an American made backpack that doesn’t compromise on quality or functionality. Made of the finest materials, the Bucktown is the ultimate daypack meant to handle the daily grind. We like the Bucktown as a business casual backpack for its thoughtfully designed internal organizers that fit everything from a 15-inch laptop to smaller everyday items like wallets, keys a pens. At 23-liters the bag can handle some significant carry without being too bulky and awkward to wear to work.