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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. Chloé’s Edith bag, with its top-stitched details, has a vintage-meets-modern feel and was recently reissued after its 2006 debut. Or consider Saint Laurent’s crisp Manhattan 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 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.

Prada Supernova leather handbag

Chloé Edith medium topstitched leather shoulder bag

Saint Laurent Manhattan small leather tote

The Row Terrasse suede tote

Gucci Jackie 1961 large tote bag

Proenza Schouler Pipe leather tote

The Standout Statement

For anyone who prefers a bag that’s punchier than the typical tote, these designs by Hereu and Atluzarra will surely get you stopped on the street and asked, “Where is that bag from?”

Prada Symbole large jacquard fabric handbag

Hereu Onada cutout leather tote bag

Altuzarra dyed canvas tote bag

Tory Burch Lee Radziwill leather bag

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.

Wandler Joanna medium leather tote

Everlane cactus leather hobo

Khaite Amelia medium envelope pleat leather tote

The Row Margaux buckled textured-leather tote

DeMellier New York croc-embossed tote bag

Prada Re-Edition 1995 brushed-leather medium handbag

The Traditional Canvas

Searching for a lightweight but durable work bag? Consider a canvas tote. It is a timeless staple for a reason.

Boyy Bobby buckle canvas tote bag

Loro Piana natural Carry Everything small tote

LL. Bean Boat & Tote canvas bag

Proenza Schouler Morris tote

The Met Collection Mexican sampler oversized structured tote

L/Uniform No. 3 Tool canvas tote bag

The Boxy Carryall

A structured and vertically-shaped tote is perfect for carrying laptops and notebooks.

Khaite Iris envelope leather backpack

Comme Des Garçons wallets black huge logo tote

Mango Knots pleated shopper bag

The Checkmate

If you’re looking for a bag outside the expected neutral color palette and structure, these check-print market-style totes will bring a bit more flair to the work grind.

Bode brown Board Game tote

Mansur Gavriel upcycled woven tote

The Touch of Raffia

 A beachy style raffia tote will put you in the summer mood, even when you’re not at the beach.

Altuzarra Watermill small leather-trimmed raffia tote

Proenza Schouler White Label Morris raffia tote

Loewe leather-trimmed tote

Brother Vellies basket-woven handbag

Loro Piana Carry Everything small raffia tote

Bembien Valeria rattan and leather tote

A.P.C. beige Zoe basket tote

J.Crew woven straw market tote

Khaite Ada raffia shoulder bag

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