Find a professional-looking one big enough to fit a folder of papers or even a laptop so you can carry it to all your important meetings and job interviews.
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The Statement Bag
Pick one that packs enough punch to make an otherwise basic outfit interesting, and it'll save you loads of time in running-late moments. (Whether you go with an ornate clutch or a cool tomboy-ish tote is up to you.)