If you are in the habit of carrying a laptop, make sure there’s a compartment large enough for your laptop, with adequate padding.
Someone who regularly transports the same few items may prefer a hard case that doesn’t need to expand or contract to fit its contents.
Frequent travelers would benefit from a hard case – a practical option when stowing the bag in an overhead compartment. If you’re planning to travel often by air with your briefcase – consider a security checkpoint friendly compartment.
A lawyer or legal secretary would benefit from using a larger briefcase because their profession is famous for requiring reams of paper.
A flexible soft-sided case is probably a better choice for a professional with fluctuating work requirements.
A contemporary style – flapover briefcase is more casual, easier to use and weighs less than traditional briefcase. It is an ideal style for men who work in non-formal professions, such as the fashion industry, the media or public relations.
2. Appropriate Size & Weight of the Briefcase
Bigger is not better in the case of briefcases.
Unless your job requires it, you don’t want to lug around a heavy and big bag. It looks ridiculous when a short man is seen carrying a bag too big for his frame.
And it feels uncomfortable.
Depending on your situation, the following dimensions should be ideal for a briefcase:
Width: of between 15 – 16.5 inches
Height: 11 – 13 inches
Depth: 4-6 inches
Depending on how much you need to carry in your bag, you can give or take a few inches.
Choose a briefcase that can be compressed if there is empty space inside.