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The best work bags and totes should always meet two criteria: function and style. When searching for your own, ask yourself, is it durable? Will it be sizable enough to fit all of your essentials—laptop, notebooks, planners, wallet, keys, and beauty staples? Is it lightweight and comfortable enough to wear over your shoulders, especially during a daily commute? I’ve learned the hard way—purchasing work bags that are too heavy to start with, and after I’ve filled them up, they’re almost too cumbersome to lug around.
Consider investing in a timeless work bag that will stay with you for years to come. Bottega Veneta’s newest debut, the Andiamo bag, designed with its signature intrecciato leather in a boxy silhouette, is at the top of our shopping lists. Or consider The Row’s signature Margaux bag, which is tailored enough to go with you from high-powered meetings in the morning to drinks at night.
One of the joys of getting dressed up, for me, has always meant accessories—and that includes the work bag. The best totes pair seamlessly with your work attire, an A-line midi dress and boots, or a classic button-up shirt and sleek trouser pairing. Pick the right look, and you’re ready to take on the day. Below, shop the best work bags for women to carry all of your essentials, no matter where you’re headed.
The Work Bag Edit:
- The Investment: Bottega Veneta Andiamo leather tote, $4,900
- The Boxy Carryall: Everlane Italian leather studio bag, $250
- The Classic Leatherall: Cuyana oversized double loop bag, $458
- The Summer to Office Tote: Claire V. Sandy tote, $145
- The Causal Canvas: L.L. Bean Boat & Tote canvas bag, $45
- The Market Tote: Cos mini checked shopper, $59
- The Statement Standout: Marni Market Diamond Bag, $465
- The Minimalist Classic: Wandler Hortensia tote bag, $1,120
- The City Backpack: Prada Re-Nylon backpack, $2,150
The Investment Buy
If you prefer a one-and-done type work bag, consider investing in a timeless style you’ll use for years to come.
The Boxy Carryall
A structured and vertically-shaped tote is perfect for carrying laptops and notebooks.
The Traditional Canvas
Searching for a lightweight but durable work bag? Consider a canvas tote. It is a timeless staple for a reason.
The Classic Leatherall
If you’re looking for a bag that will carry it all, these oversized totes are perfect for any occasion.
A beachy style raffia or woven tote will put you in the summer mood, even when you’re not at the beach.
The Market Tote
A fun print or bold color adds some flair to your next bodega run.
The Standout Statement
For anyone who prefers a bag that’s punchier than the typical tote, these designs by Alaïa and Marni will surely get you stopped on the street and asked, “Where is that bag from?”
The Minimalist Classic
Calling all minimalists: these leather totes do not disappoint. Clean and simple, they get the job done. Add your laptop, agenda, book, and then some—it will carry it all.
The City Backpack
For those who prefer to stay hands-free during your office commute, may we introduce you to a few stylish backpacks tailor-made for a stylish city slicker.