Whether you are in an entry-level position or heading a business, a nice leather briefcase can instantly change your look when you arrive at the office every day. Here are a few reasons why you should add a briefcase into your professional wardrobe, how to select one, and what to keep in this essential bag.
The Message a Briefcase Gives
A briefcase can give off the impression that you are serious about your job and have a professional attitude towards what you do every day. In contrast, an employee that shows up to work every day that dresses very nicely but carries their things in an old backpack or grocery sack may take away from the fact that they are dressing correctly for the office. A professional looking brief case will add to your overall look as a professional and may positively set you apart from your co-workers.
Selecting a Briefcase
If you don’t already own a briefcase, you will want to purchase one to enhance the look of your professional attire. However, you will want to select one that works well with your personal daily needs. The first thing you need to consider is whether or not the briefcase will be carrying a lap top. The majority of briefcases are able to securely fit a 14” briefcase or smaller. If you have a larger laptop, you may want to look into purchasing a custom briefcase.
When you go into work, you likely will be carrying several items in your hands at once. To make the trip from your vehicle up to the office or the walk from your workspace to a meeting easier, purchase a briefcase that has a detachable strap or handle. The reason why the strap should be detachable is because briefcases with straps are usually less professional looking. Although a strap may give you an added level of convenience, you may want to have the ability to carry the briefcase without the strap before you go into an important meeting to add to the professionalism of your look.
As trends come and go, briefcases come in different colors. A good briefcase should be an investment and thus should be able to last you for several years. When you are out shopping for a briefcase, select one that comes in a neutral color. Ideally, a black briefcase should be your first choice because this color will never go out of style, is classy and professional looking, and will match the majority of items in your work wardrobe. However, a dark brown shade will also be a good color option when you are selecting a leather briefcase for work.
What to Keep in Your Briefcase
Men’s leather briefcases come in a variety of different shapes and styles. However, there are a few select items that you should always have in your briefcase. On top of important documents and your computer, you should also keep these five things in your bag:
- Lip balm
- Your flash drive
- Cologne or deodorant
If you have these five things in your briefcase, you will be well-equipped to handle anything the work day may bring.