Head Back to the Office (or Not) With These Work Bags and Totes

After a year of working at home, work bags were forgotten in our day-to-day routines, along with commutes, office workwear, and heels. But as we think about returning to the office soon, remember that the best work bags and totes should always meet two criteria points: 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 of purchasing work bags that are too heavy to start with, making them cumbersome to lug around when filled up and left much less used. Visit here; Canvas and leather bag.

A few tried-and-true favorites over the years have included Proenza Schouler’s iconic whipstitch Hex bucket bag or Frame’s Les Second tote, and I currently have my eye on Khaite’s timeless Amelia envelope camel tote.

You can’t go wrong with one of these classic styles or a canvas version by L.L.Bean or Paravel. For summertime, consider more playful styles, like Loewe’s raffia tote, perfect for carrying straight to happy hour on summer nights.

One of the joys of getting dressed up, for me, has always included accessories, and the work bag is most pivotal. I’ve missed carrying these totes around, wearing an A-line knit dress and boots, ready to take on the day. 

Whether that time for you is now, in the future, or will take place outside the traditional “office” (at a coffee shop or elsewhere), below, shop the best work bags for women to carry all of your essentials, anywhere you’re headed.

The Investment Buy

If you prefer a one-and-done type of work bag, consider investing in a timeless style you’ll use for years to come.

The Minimalist Classic

Calling all minimalists: These leather totes do not disappoint. Clean and simple, these are the best work bags for women that get the job done. Add your laptop, agenda, book, and then some—it will carry it all.

The Traditional Canvas

Searching for a lightweight but durable work bag? Consider a canvas tote. It is a timeless staple for a reason, and L.L.Bean and Paravel currently offer monogrammed options for those wishing to personalize their bags.

The Boxy Carryall

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

The Colorful and Textured

If you’re looking for a bag outside the expected neutral color palette, these will bring a bit more flair to the work grind.

The Summer Raffia

As warmer weather nears and summer Fridays are close, a beachy style raffia tote will put you in the summer mood, even when you’re not at the beach.

The Office to the Bodega

If you prefer less-structured work bags, consider these market totes that can double as your laptop carrier too.

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