Be honest: When was the last time you brought food from home to the office in something other than a brown bag? And no, a Chipotle to-go container doesn’t count. Can we let you in on a little secret? Lunch bags aren’t exclusive to elementary school students.
These days, options exist that aren’t too juvenile for corporate offices, and they don’t have to be boxy or void of color to be appropriate for adults. Modern lunch bags have evolved to become stylish accessories designed to look fashionable on the outside and be extremely functional on the inside. The best part? No one will be able to tell the thing isn’t actually part of your outfit.
Especially if you’re a new or seasoned mom going back to work for the first time, finding the perfect lunch bag that fits your aesthetic can make you feel more put together. Think about it: While your child totes their favorite cartoon from their classroom to the cafeteria, you could be sporting Kate Spade’s signature polka dots on your way to the office. With insulated interiors keeping your food fresh for hours (a definite perk when the office fridge is too full) and chic designs and patterns, the best lunch bags on Amazon make BYO that much more appealing.
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1. Baloray Lunch Bag Tote
Baloray’s lunch tote is the perfect lunch bag because it can seamlessly blend into its surroundings. Available in 11 different patterns and color schemes, it can be a picnic pack when you’re eating al fresco on a park bench instead of your office’s stuffy cafeteria, and looks chic in a sea of plastic containers and brown bags cluttering the conference table at a work-through-lunch meeting.
What appears to be a cute purse is actually a standard lunch bag with style. The interior is lined with an insulated material that keeps food warm or cold for up to four hours out of the fridge, and is roomy enough to fit meal prep containers and two water bottles. The bag also features a front pocket for storing napkins, wipes and even personal items like your phone or subway card.
2. LOKASS Lunch Bag
Lunch bag or fashion accessory? This lunch tote from LOKASS is a combination of both. From leopard print and an elephant pattern to floral designs and classic colors such gray and black, choosing the style that best fits your look is only part of the perks of this roomy bag.
The LOKASS is made from nylon fabric and boasts an interior lining made from aluminum foil to keep your food warm, cool and above all fresh for up to 6 and a half hours. If you think that’s impressive, wait until you see how much this thing holds. From snacks and sandwiches to meal prep containers and drinks, the lunch bag can store up to 22 pounds worth of food. So while it’s perfect for work, you might also consider bringing it along on road trips.
3. Srise Lunch Box
Srise’s Lunch Box might look simplistic but that’s kind of the point. A no-frills option for both women and men, this lunch bag was primarily designed with functionality in mind. Made from a high-density oxford cloth and nontoxic aluminum foil, it keeps your food at your desired temperature until you’re ready to eat.
It’s also an especially great pick if you love pockets as it features a main food compartment as well as a front and back pockets to store utensils, napkins, your phone and keys.
4. Kate Spade New York Lunch Tote
Why would anyone choose to brown bag it when they could just as easily be toting around an original Kate Spade? All eyes will be on you when you waltz into the cafeteria donning this miniature tote made of coated linen with a polka dot print and gold-bow zipper. Even if you can’t actually go out for lunch, the bag spells it out for any passers by: You’d like to eat in peace, please.
5. Fit & Fresh Insulated Lunch Bag Kit
Let’s say you’re the type of person who thrives on aesthetics and love to have everything matching to a T. Maybe you just really love a good bargain. Fit & Fresh’s lunch bag kit is both of those things and more. Available in nine gorgeous color schemes and patterns, not only does this brand’s bundle include a roomy lunch bag but for just shy of $30 you’ll also receive a matching reusable water bottle and three food containers. Plus, the insulated interior is made with PEVA lining, so there’s no use crying over spilled milk (or fruit juice, soda, food, etc.) — it’s super easy to clean, so mess is a non-issue.