Work Dresses

25 best tote bags of 2021 to get you back to work in style

While we’re all super cozy at our WFH desks — wearing button-down worktops and pajama pants and having the time to make a stir-fry during lunch break, if we’re being real — the commute back to the office is right around the corner.

And, in addition to hunting down the best outfits to wear to work and the easiest work dresses to throw on, you’re going to need a trusty tote to carry all the essentials.

Let’s just face the facts — a stylish shoulder bag won’t only make you feel like a boss, but it’ll present newfound motivation for getting back into the groove of 5 a.m. wake-ups.

Now, your reliable tote is sitting in the corner of your room, probably has a few old gum wrappers and receipts from restaurants you used to frequent with your co-worker clan and, truthfully, is probably a bit beaten up.

Plus, you’re likely going to be adding one (or more!) of our to-die-for selects to your holiday wishlist this year, considering you’ll need a quality tote to store your Kindle for subway reading and AirPods for audiobook listening.

Not to worry. We hand-selected the 25 best tote bags for every budget and style that are just as versatile for after-work drinks as they are for holding your high heels to change into at your desk post-subway trip (we know the drill).

But, before we dive into our top selects, you just have to consider this cuter-than-cute lunch tote that’ll make you want to consider how you’ll be transporting your mixed salads and turkey wraps. And, the quality is unbeatable — one of our favorites!

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  • The best women’s tote bags less than $100
  • The best women’s tote bags less than $200
  • The best splurge-worthy tote bags we love
  • The best women’s tote bags less than $100

    Beis The Canvas Tote, $98

    Beis The Canvas Tote

    Say hello to Shay Mitchell’s brand, Beis, which has the most adorable weekender bags and totes we’ve ever seen. Notably, its Canvas Tote is just shy of $100 and has a chic, match-all design to wear with any work outfit.


    NewHey Waterproof Laptop Tote, $32.86

    NewHey Waterproof Laptop Tote
    • Color options: Plum, Black, Brown, Coffee, Deep Black, Deep Green, Grey, Navy

    For less than $35, you can’t go wrong with the NewHey Waterproof Laptop Tote that’s waterproof, has a divine leather feel and adds some structure to your look. Plus, it comes in a variety of colors (like seriously, so many).


    BP Faux Leather Classic Tote, $49

    BP Faux Leather Classic Tote

    If you’re on the hunt for a perfect, affordable and durable black work tote, look no further than BP’s Faux Leather Classic Tote. It’s roomy, too, and guarantees you’ll serve a fresh and cool look when walking into the office.


    Bromen Leather Tote, $79.99

    Bromen Leather Tote
    • Color options: Pink, Black, Brown, Grey, Yellow, Blue, Red, Navy, Wine Red, Black/Brown, Brown Plaid, Brown/Beige, Monogram

    Stay on-trend with the mauves this season by picking up Bromen’s Leather Tote. Also coming in a spread of colors (an even larger one, at that), it’s a cute option that’s still quite roomy.


    Coach Zip Top Tote, $83.40

    Zip Top Tote
    • Color options: Silver/Twilight, Gold/Chalk, Gold/Black, Gold/True Pink

    Coach bags are coming back in style, though this non-logo embossed zip-top tote is timeless. For less than $100, it’ll carry all your work essentials and won’t be too heavy on your shoulders.


    Ted Baker London Leather Tote, $69.99 (originally $195)

    Ted Baker London Leather Tote

    As one of the best deals in this edit, the Ted Baker London Leather Tote is a premium option that’s $125 off right now. It’ll elevate any look, whether you’re wearing a shift dress and flats or work pants and loafers.


    Kate Spade Lori Tote, $89 (originally $329)

    Kate Spade Lori Tote
    • Color options: Blackberry Preserve, Parchment, Ocean Fog, Black

    Totes are the name of the game at Kate Spade, which is one of the reasons we curated a gift guide of the best Kate Spade gifts you can buy. Specifically, the designer’s Lori Tote is another incredible deal to take advantage of.


    S-Zone Genuine Leather Tote Bag, $39.99

    S-Zone Genuine Leather Tote Bag
    • Color options: Army Green, Black, Brown, Dark Blue, Pink, White, Wine Red

    For $40, you’re going to want to pick up every color of this Genuine Leather Tote Bag. It just looks high-end and the tassel emblem is a nice touch.


    The best women’s tote bags less than $200

    Longchamp Small Le Pliage Nylon Shoulder Tote, $125

    Longchamp Small Le Pliage Nylon Shoulder Tote

    This guide would incomplete without a mention of Longchamp’s decades-long classic: the Small Le Pliage Nylon Shoulder Tote. The nylon material makes it stain-resistant, too, so it’s a quality option for any bus rider, subway commuter or walker of many avenues.


    Mark & Graham Essential Suede Tote, $199

    Mark & Graham Essential Suede Tote
    • Color options: Grey, Chestnut

    Looking for a solid suede tote bag this season? Mark & Graham has a waitlist-worthy Essential Suede Tote that has several compartments and won’t break on you. However, keep in mind that suede isn’t as weather-resistant as leather, but we still love this bag.


    The Medium Transport Tote, $168

    The Medium Transport Tote
    • Color options: English Saddle, True Black

    Timeless and traditional is Madewell’s middle name, and we adore its Medium Transport Tote for that reason. Its vertical composition fits a laptop charger-side up nicely, along with other work carry-ons that you’ll reach for throughout your day.


    Lauren Ralph Lauren Pebble Reversible Tote, $106.80 (originally $178)

    Lauren Ralph Lauren Pebble Reversible Tote
    • Color options: Lauren Tan/Orange/Gold, Black/Taupe/Gold, Black Stripe

    Premiering its early Black Friday sale, Macy’s has more than $70 off the Ralph Lauren Pebble Reversible Tote. The leather looks absolutely delightful, and this faux leather tote has two exterior options for you to mix and match your look.


    Tory Burch Ella Tote, $198

    Tory Burch Ella Tote
    • Color options: Tory Navy Nylon Leather, Black, Black Patent/Black

    One of my friends carried Tory Burch’s Ella Tote around in high school and it was so roomy, yet unstructured to fit a myriad of books, a laptop and probably a Barbie Dreamhouse if you could. For less than $200, it’s one of our top-recommended finds.


    Calpak Haven Laptop Tote Bag, $148

    Calpak Haven Laptop Tote Bag
    • Color options: Tory Navy Nylon Leather, Black, Black Patent/Black

    As a work tote that’s flying off the (Internet) shelves, Calpak’s Haven Laptop Tote Bag is a smooth delight to walk around with. Which, makes sense, since its style is derived from a reliable travel bag company.


    Coach Signature Chain Central Tote, $150

    Coach Signature Chain Central Tote

    Tapping into trendy culture with its gold chain straps, Coach’s Signature Chain Central Tote is a unique option to pick up that’s fairly priced and has that smooth, feel-good leather we all know and love.


    The Latitude Tote, $195

    The Latitude Tote
    • Color options: Navy Leather, Black Leather, Pine Leather, Buff Leather, Ruby Leather

    Yes, the popular Away Luggage has luggage perfect for your next tropical island trip (we all can dream) and a Latitude Tote that’s ideal for working your 9-to-5. With a roomy interior and a minimal design, it’s hard not to love.


    The best splurge-worthy women’s tote bags we love

    Tory Burch McGraw Leather Tote, $278.60 (originally $398)

    Tory Burch McGraw Leather Tote

    Meet my work bag I’m just about ready to pull out of my closet. As a graduation gift (thanks sis!), Tory Burch’s McGraw Leather Tote feels luxurious and will match all of my outfits. Plus, it’s high-end without a ridiculous price tag.



    Kurt Geiger London Violet Large Horizontal Leather Tote, $240

    Kurt Geiger London Violet Large Horizontal Leather Tote
    • Color options: Tan, Black

    It’s quality, it’s wide for storage and it’s a gem. Kurt Geiger London’s Violet Large Horizontal Leather Tote is $240 of pure bliss to take to work with you. Not to mention, it’s so dang wide.


    Michael Kors EW Voyager Monogram Tote, $258

    Michael Kors EW Voyager Monogram Tote
    • Color options: Fawn, Dark Berry

    Michael Kors whipped out a sweet two-tone design that (1) makes a glorious work tote and (2) is giving us coffee shop energy. From its gold hardware detail to plush feel, the EW Voyager Monogram Tote is a shoulder bag worth splurging on — in our humblest of opinions.


    Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote, $348

    Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote
    • Color options: Clam Shell, Light Umber, Black, New Ivory, Dark Rhubarb, Daphne (Green)

    We love a good structured option that pairs well with any outfit. In other words, Tory Burch’s Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote is one we have heart eyes for, and one we highly consider adding to your holiday wishlists this year.


    Botkier Allen Large Leather Tote, $238.40 (originally $298)

    Botkier Allen Large Leather Tote
    • Color options: Rose/Gunmetal, Silver Gray/Gunmetal, Black/Gunmetal, Coffee/Gunmetal, Malbec/Gunmetal

    If you’re on a mission to find a feminine-leaning, chic work tote with a pop of pink, Botkier’s Allen Large Leather Tote is your best bet. And, it comes in other high-quality colors for you to choose from.


    Mansur Gavriel Large Tote, $645

    Mansur Gavriel Large Tote

    Did someone say — we’re going to design a tote to match your Louboutins? Perfect for a day of work turned evening office party, Mansur Gavriel’s Large Tote is an angel-sent work tote, to say the least.


    Chloé Large Woody Logo Strap Canvas Tote, $1,050

    Chloé Large Woody Logo Strap Canvas Tote

    Chloé is the one we want this year. The brand’s Woody Logo Strap Canvas Tote is one of the most stunning canvas bags out there. Not to mention, the strap says it all.


    Tory Burch Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Tote, $598

    Tory Burch Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Tote

    Enter a textured, black and gold-accented option that works with any corporate style. Tory Burch’s Kira Chevron Quilted Leather Tote feels like a $1,000+ designer satchel. But, it’s large enough to store your laptop and other work essentials.


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