We often see on commutes that many people choose to fit all their office essentials into plain, bulky, one-size-fits-all backpacks, but they’re not your only option. If you want to travel light, but have enough room for everything you need, handheld bags and briefcases may just do the trick. As an accessory, they add detail and colour to your outfit, and in the case of briefcases, add a dash of professionalism that other bags just do not. Of course, a large part of their effect is also dependent on your choice of material. Whether it’s leather, calico, or waxed canvas, your bag can lend a touch of polish or ruggedness. A dash of style and a serving of practicality can go a long way in helping you get a handle on things, so keep calm and carry on.