the functional mom bag and fashionable mini bag lies a classic style that effortlessly delivers on both fronts: the tote. Defined by two over-the-shoulder handles and a deep rectangular structure crafted from durable materials, totes have become much more than utilitarian carryalls. Today, the bags are powerful accessories representing mindful sustainability and style-savvy. (Speaking of style there’s even an Instagram account dedicated to the revival of L.L. Bean’s iconic Boat and Tote bags.) That’s why we’ve rounded up the best tote bags designed to suit you effortlessly for work, travel, school, and everything in between.
L.L.Bean‘s OG styles to Baggu‘s packable ripstop-nylon creations, the totes are worth adding to your bag rotations. There’s a color, print, fabric, and size for everyone. Find the one that matches your style. Each of our picks is approved for all occasions — aka ready to carry you and your stuff from crowded work commutes to grocery runs, gym trips, all-day shopping excursions, and nights out on the town.
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Stormy weather is no match for your commute or an activity-packed weekend trip with this bag. Lululemon’s trusty lightweight tote is created from water-repellent material, so there’s no fear of spills or splashes. Plus, it features adjustable side details for you to customize the look. Functional and cute.
Lululemon Side-Cinch Shopper Bag 18L, $, available at Lululemon
You might recognize Mansur Gavriel by its iconic
bucket bags. However, the brand also has a list of stylish handbags like the Everyday Soft Tote for you to carry around your belongings fashionably. Mansur Gavriel Everyday Soft Tote, $, available at Mansur Gavriel
This recyclable tote was created for organization lovers. You can store all your little knick-knacks with the five pockets of various sizes.
Meet your beloved quilted puffer coat in its slouchy tote form. It has a zippered interior with a padded laptop sleeve, so your daily essentials will be safe and cushy.
Free People Cloud Commuter Tote, $, available at Free People
If you’re an avid Rebecca Minkoff fan, you’ll notice the signature buckle clasp and tassel. Unlike many totes, it also features a magnetic snap closure. No need to zip your bag (or let it all hang open) when you’re on the go.
We’re ready to style this lilac carryall to weekend brunches and playful date nights for many seasons to come.
& Other Stories Crochet Tote Bag, $, available at & Other Stories
Let the slogan on this classic cotton-canvas style serve as a cheerful reminder for you (and the rest of the world).
Urban Outfitters Take Your Vitamins Tote Bag, $, available at Urban Outfitters
This bright neon number is set to be a statement bag star — pair it with everything from your favorite
leather jackets to dresses and carry it everywhere from the office to a park picnic. By Anthropologie Slouchy Tote, $, available at Anthropologie
Everlane’s elevated version of the tote bag is crafted from buttery-smooth Italian leather that radiates effortless polish. The roomy shape makes it perfect for work, school, or as a daily tote.
Everlane The Italian Leather Studio Bag, $, available at Everlane
Exude covetable granny style with this handmade crochet bag.
KNITANDCROCHETWORLD Granny Crochet Tote Bag, $, available at Etsy
Envision a chic businesswoman with this suede tote. The chain double handle is an elevated touch to the usual canvas versions.
This delightfully rainbow-striped and durable canvas style wields a bonus crossbody strap for extra secure toting.
Worldlyda Canvas Crossbody Tote, $, available at Amazon
Straw bags don’t always have to be the stereotypical brown hue. This playful one has rainbow sherbet vibes, but don’t let the sweet look fool you. At 15 inches tall, there’s enough room to stuff plenty of beach supplies. H&M Straw Bag, $, available at H&M
For a more modern take on the OG tote, try L.L.Bean’s sturdy polyester version in a statement camo print — this timeless workhouse carryall is available in three size tiers, suits just about any style, and holds a boatload of stuff.
L.L. Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag, Open-Top, $, available at L.L. Bean
It’s tough to pick just one of Baggu’s classic reusable bags to include in our tote hit list — but this multi-metallic style ranks high as a must-have, disco-vibe essential.
Baggu Standard Baggu, $, available at Baggu
One tote that will never fail you: Madewell’s Transport Tote. It’s a cult favorite with 4.4 stars and over 1,000 reviews.
Madewell The Medium Transport Tote, $, available at Madewell
We love the relaxed, elegant vibe and all-encompassing size of this handmade tote crafted from 100% organic Baltic linen.
Linenfox Large Linen Tote Bag, $, available at Etsy
comfy-chic shoe brand’s sustainable handbag launch brought us this sleek stripe tote crafted from 100% recycled marine plastic materials. Rothy’s The Essential Tote, $, available at Rothy’s
Give a cheeky nod to New York’s plastic bag ban with this takeout-style tote crafted from a durable, double-layer canvas.
ChubbyMishoStore Thank You T-Shirt Reusable Shopping Bag, $, available at Etsy
Plastic bags may be out, but holographic totes made from non-toxic, luminous-jelly materials aren’t.
Sugar Rush Holographic Tote Bag, $, available at Tarte
Invest in this timeless leather tote bag and be amazed at how many years go by using it. It’ll be your new staple for weekend trips and everything in between.
Not all totes are made from cotton canvas materials — peep this corduroy style that looks like a throwback from our grade-school days.
Gophra Corduroy Tote Bag, $, available at Amazon
Channel your best summer style with this warm-weather essential tote crafted from woven jute braided with fabric fragments.
Sondra Roberts Wove EW Tote Bag, $, available at Nordstrom Rack
Finally, a tie-dye tote (crafted from durable cotton canvas) to complete your head-to-toe tie-dye ‘fits in 2020.
Urban Outfitters Washed Canvas Tote Bag, $, available at Urban Outfitters
We said EVERY occasion…
Opening Ceremony Super Large Tote, $, available at Opening Ceremony
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