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9 tote bags to carry you through every occasion

by Jenny Di

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There comes a point in every woman’s life that she realizes that she’s begun to carry her whole apartment around in her bag every day. What with rushing to the office, meetings, dinner parties, workouts and keeping your makeup on point in between it all, there are a lot of items to keep track of. That’s why it’s so important to have a bag that’s durable enough carry the things you need, while also staying stylish at the same time. It’s got to fit both form and function. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered with these great bags that can literally carry all of your burdens. 

BAGGU STANDARD BAGGU, $10

This bag folds down to almost nothing, meaning that you should grab one to put into every other bag that you have in case you pick up extra groceries or new clothes on your way home from the gym or office. It’s sturdy enough to tote around a gallon of milk plus some extra, meaning that it’s as multifunctional as it gets.  

URBAN OUTFITTERS REVERSIBLE POMPOM TOTE BAG, $59

This reversible faux-leather bag is lightweight enough to not add extra weight to all the stuff you’re carrying around every day, while also wide enough to fit most laptops. The fun addition of the pompom spices things up and keeps them fun, while the reversible nature means you can easily switch sides if things get boring. 

MADEWELL CANVAS TRANSPORT TOTE, $58

This tote bag is incredibly multifunctional thanks to its leather straps and canvas body. With one interior pocket to carry the things important to you — phone, chapstick, and wallet — and a large body to carry books, tablets and makeup bags, it’s perfect all day, every day. 

SOLE SOCIETY MILLER, $70

With its three interior compartments, this bag is the epitome of organization for those who really need to get their lives together. It’s perfect for those of you carrying your lives around every day who don’t have time to dig around endlessly in their bags. 

URBAN ORIGINALS OBSESSIVE VEGAN LEATHER, $78

This synthetic leather tote bag is an airy way to carry around your things for the day. With a magnetic top closure and PETA-certified vegan leather, it’s great for those who care about the source of their materials. 

MADEWELL MEDIUM LEATHER TRANSPORT TOTE, $158 

This bag has the option of being both a tote and a crossbody, which makes it as multifunctional as it is stylish. The bold yellow color will keep things exciting, while the clean design keeps it streamlined.

EVERLANE DAY MARKET TOTE, $165

This Italian leather handbag is 19 inches wide, which means that you can fit almost anything you need in there. It comes in a few neutral colors that fit well with almost any wardrobe. The simple nature also means it won’t overwhelm any other aspect of your look.

COLE HAAN PAYSON LEATHER TOTE, $203

This calfskin tote has a spacious interior that makes it perfect for almost any occasion. It also has an RFID-protected interior pocket that keeps your possessions safe.

  1. REBECCA MINKOFF ALWAYS ON REGAN LEATHER TOTE, $295


Dusty blue might not be your first choice for a tote, but this bag works well in the office or at night. Its decorative tassels and sizable shape make it perfect for business meetings all the way to date nights.