Now, we’re not saying that all you need to become healthier in 2018 is a new gym bag. However, we strongly believe it’ll help. Not just because we’re the kind of people who find instant gym motivation in chic new kits either. Although that does help too. No, we believe that a good gym bag is often overlooked as a key component in what can make or break a successful jaunt to the gym.
When it comes to finding a really great gym bag, there certain things we look for. Ask yourself: Have you got room to pack all the grooming essentials you’ll need to make a pre-office workout seamless? Is there plenty of room for transporting your work shoes without having to squish them in? Can you carry it around easily? (No one likes lugging multiple bags with them all day.) Is it chic enough to not embarrass you at post-work happy hour drinks?
You see, there are boxes to be ticked, and Kendall Jenner’s mini LV isn’t going to cut it IRL. So to help you out, we’ve done all the research and found the gym bags that are both chic and functional. Keep scrolling to shop our picks of the best gym bags—no matter your style or fitness preference.
Yep, gym bags can be chic and practical. This one comes with a mini drawstring bag for your trainers and a top cradle for your yoga mat.
One minute it’s a tote, the next it’s a backpack—thanks to its clever transformative handles.
The scuba fabric means you can take this anywhere while the clips at the base take the work out of bringing your yoga mat along.
Perfect if you’re packing light, this flat Calvin Klein bag can be carried as both a backpack and a tote.
The gym bag for minimalists. There’s a sneaky little side pocket for your phone and keys, too.
For those of us who struggle with packing light, there’s Pharrell Williams’s Adidas backpack with pockets aplenty.
The perfect “sling it all in” gym tote that won’t look out of place at post-work drinks.
Designed with your laptop and spin kit in mind.
We love that this bag comes with a special drawstring duster for your gym shoes and separate pockets for your phone and tablet.
Though not strictly a gym bag, this Moschino number is a chic, lightweight option that’s plenty spacious enough. Just keep muddy trainers away from the satin lining!
Stella McCartney’s oxblood-coloured backpack is roomy enough for your laptop and Pilates kit.
Jog your commute with this running backpack—cleverly trimmed with high-vis piping to keep you visible in the dark.