I will be starting next month at a BB and I was wondering if it would be unprofessional if I wore a backpack to the office.
Is It Unprofessional to Wear a Backpack to the Office?
In finance, having a clean appearance can be important especially when you are walking onto your floor for all your group members to observe. Our users are fairly split about whether or not it really matters whether you use a backpack. Some think that it looks very bad as it can look odd against the suit / make you look like a college kid but other users do not think it matters at all.
User @ostrich222" shared:
So I've decided that it's time to ditch the backpack upon request from a colleague (my VP).
Considering the fact that some people feel strongly enough to tell bankers to not wear them to the office it is wise to use a messenger bag, or gym bag in order to avoid being judged by those that might care.
If you are looking to carry your laptop / paper work - bring a brief case. If you need to carry in gym clothes you should invest in a nice looking gym bag or use the bank provided bag, and if you want something more all purpose you can consider a nice messenger bag.
For example - user @copecre, real estate associate, shared this statement:
What are you carrying in your backpack? Your laptop? Buy a briefcase. Your gym clothes? Buy a decent gym bag (Hudson Sutler, Blue Claw, or even Nike). Backpacks make you look like a student or intern.
While brand doesn't necessarily matter, you should look for quality looking bags that look classy / subtle and will hold up. Please see some sample pictures below.
Sample Brief Cases
Read more about good brief cases to use in another thread.
Sample Duffle Bag
Sample Messenger Bag
Read more in another thread about work bags on WSO.
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