With input from Ana, we compiled a list of the top 10 best women's tote bags. For a true classic that never goes out of style, we chose the Louis Vuitton Neverfull MM. This bag comes in multiple sizes for a customized fit, but even the smallest is spacious enough to fit all of your daily essentials. Keep reading for our other picks and check out our buying guide for tips on how to find your dream tote.
It’s time for some retail therapy. Here are ten totes for every occasion – whether you’re at a business meeting, visiting your in-laws for Thanksgiving, or grocery shopping in the rain.
|Size||12.6 x 11.4 x 6.7 in.|
|Size||13 x 13 x 7.5 in.|
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|Size||11.25 x 14.25 x 5 in.|
|Size||13 x 15 x 5.5 in.|
|Size||13.25 x 19.5 x 6 in.|
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|Size||19.68 x 6.69 x 12.20 in.|
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Le Pliage Large Shoulder Bag
Shopping Bag in Supple Leather
Vintage Tote Bag
Classic Structured Leather Tote
Micro Luggage Handbag
Women’s Oxford Tote
Mica Tote Bag
Natural Cotton Canvas Tote Bag
A Tote Bag With Multiple Size Options
A Versatile Bag for Work and Weekend Getaways
The Tote That Goes With Anything
Style and Structure All in One
A Classic Tote Bag for Beginners
Customize This Bag to Your Heart's Content
A Designer Bag With Plenty of Pockets
Function Meets Fashion in This Roomy Tote
A Tote That Keeps it Minimal
Express Yourself With a Playful Canvas Carryall
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The world of tote bags is deep and vast, and it never hurts to have a second opinion, especially when it comes to fashion! So we turned to Ana, who knows what it takes to look and feel good among the daily rush of modern life.
When Ana was growing up, she was told that girls can either be stylish or have a career - take your pick. But after she grew up and got out on her own, she realized there's no reason she can't have both. She's a chemical engineer, project management professional, and an MBA, working towards her dream of running her own company.
And yet, she manages to be incredibly stylish and classy. That's what her channel is about: how to organize your life, take control of your finances, and excel at your career - and do it all with style. She's super fun, yet straight-forward. Check out her website and follow her on YouTube and Instagram.
The old maxim “Don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn’t really hold true with fashion - most of the time we pick a design that we're immediately drawn to. However, a good tote bag is a workhorse and you'll probably want to take it with you everywhere you go. Take a moment to consider whether it will match your environment and lifestyle.
Fabric totes are lightweight, casual, and easy to care for. However, they may look out of place if you're somewhere fancy. Leather totes, with their sleek silhouette and toned-down colors, are pretty much guaranteed to look good in any setting, whether you're at a business lunch meeting or on a weekend trip with friends.
[For work], I think a solid color is a good place to start. You want to have something that's comfortable to carry on your shoulder, so I wouldn't worry too much about the structure; I would worry more about color and texture. If you get a nice leather, it will last you a really long time. And it becomes part of your signature look.
Think about when you plan to use the tote and what you'll need to carry. Is it for overnight trips? Then it should be big enough to fit your toiletries, clothes, and maybe even an extra pair of shoes. Is it just for quick outings? In that case, a smaller size might be better, just big enough for your daily necessities.
If you're looking for a work tote, make sure it can fit letter-sized paper without dog-earing the corners. It may also need to fit your laptop, a power bank, and, as Ana pointed out, some energy bars and a treat or two. (And, if you’re out of the office a lot, something to keep you hydrated!)
How big is too big? We wouldn’t go much larger than a foot on any side. While an extra-large tote can fit a multitude of items, it will quickly become heavy and unwieldy.
Anything that can fit a 13-inch laptop is probably the largest you should go with. If it’s big enough to fit a 15- or 17-inch, you’ve gone too big. In that case, you should carry a backpack.
The material of a bag is important. It determines the entire look of a bag, how it will age, and whether or not it will stand up to the elements.
Leather ages gracefully. In Ana’s words, “The more you use [leather bags], the shinier and richer they get.” You can dress up an outfit – a sleek, structured black tote is as classic with a suit as it is with a rumpled white shirt and jeans. Or you can dress down an outfit by pairing a grungy leather bag with some chunky boots.
If you're looking for a forever bag, leather is your best bet. While it's heavier than other materials, it's easy enough to care for, as Ana will explain below.
When there’s precipitation and I’m going out, I make sure I have some protector on my shoes and bags as a general rule. It’s really inexpensive - I just buy a $7 product from my local shoe store that I spray on and then wipe down. I do it once a month at the most, and it’s never been a problem for me.
If you’re an outdoorsy person, you’re most likely familiar with nylon. Nylon totes are light, which means you can fill them up with heavy items. They’re durable, which means they won’t rip with age or the weight of those heavy items. And they’re water-resistant, which helps protect all items.
Many nylon bags are used as grocery bags, weekenders, or diaper bags. But if you choose one with a bit more structure and detailing, you could just as easily carry it to the office.
I’ve seen a lot of women carrying black or brown or grey Longchamp nylon bags to work. They’re sturdy, lightweight, and water-resistant, so they’re a good alternative to leather bags on a rainy day. Because of the color, the leather additions, and the zipper, they look elegant.
Fabric looks soft and breezy in summer. Many fabric totes are weekend-casual, but again, if you get one with structure and thoughtful accents, it won’t look out of place at the office.
Linen, hemp, and cotton are popular tote bag fabrics. Linen and cotton are thinner and lighter; they fold readily and make good backup bags. Canvas is sturdy and possibly the best choice if you need to carry anything heavy, like a laptop or textbooks.
I love carrying fabric bags in the summer. If I’m going to my parents’ house or the movies and I need to bring extra jackets, I use a fabric bag. I just find it so versatile. The other [fabric bag] that I have is my weekend travel bag. It’s canvas, and it’s got a really long handle. It’s so light that I can wear it cross-body and take it on the plane.
Tote bag closures range from buttons to zippers to no closures at all. If you take the train to work and you’re standing body-to-body with other commuters, do yourself a favor and get a tote with a zipper. It will act as extra insurance against jostling crowds and pickpocketers.
See if the handles are long enough for the tote to hang comfortably from your shoulder. If it includes a shoulder strap, even better. Inner pockets help you organize your stuff; they won’t just ensure you can find things quickly, but they also might help you fit more in by properly divvying up the space.
On the exterior, it's nice if there's a pocket that you can slide a transit pass in for easy access. I also like bags that you can cinch on the sides so you can make them smaller or larger.
And then on the inside, I always appreciate a zipper pocket, especially because tote bags typically don’t have a zipper. But even if it’s open, if it has a nice large zipper pocket on the inside, you can keep your wallet safe when you’re walking around with it.
We’ve run the entire gamut of bags, from high-end to affordable pieces that simply work. These are our favorites, and we hope you see something that works for you. But if not, don’t stress! Just keep our tips in mind and keep looking.
Because, as Ana told us, “If you only ever wanted to have one bag, then pick the one that calls out to you the most.” We all have different lifestyles and different fashion styles. So find a well-made bag that fits you, and you'll have it for years to come.
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