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Finding a bag that will fit your weekend essentials in it is hard enough, but coming across one that will also carry your laptop, your diary and possibly even a spare pair of shoes for that commute/office changeover, is another story altogether.
A tote bag is a brilliantly versatile option for everyday use - particularly if you’re not keen on a backpack or feel it’s inappropriate to carry your work items in a Bag For Life.
So, if your work bag is looking a bit scraggly and you’re looking for an upgrade in 2020, we’ve searched high and low for the best stylish and sturdy tote bags out there.
These practical choices will protect your valuables and have all the space you could possibly need, meaning you don’t have to pick between carrying a book for the commute or your reusable food container.
From textured totes with handy compartments for just £27.50, to a fashionable favourite of none other than Meghan Markle, you won’t find a better addition to your work wardrobe than these bags.
They’re tote-ally perfect.
Longchamp Le Pliage Neo Nylon Tote | £100 from Selfridges
Longchamp’s Le Pliage tote has become well-known for its longevity and style credentials over the years. The newest addition sees the popular bag have a chic all-black update, reworked with satin nylon and a branded cross grain leather flap. Très chic.
Kin Triple Compartment Tote Bag | £69 from John Lewis & Partners
The triple compartment design of this puckered leather bag is ideal for anyone who likes to keep things uber organised. There are no less than six pockets in this faux-leather tote and the long straps mean you can wear it on the shoulder or on the crook of your arm.
The Day Square Tote | £126 from Everlane
This cognac-coloured bag was first seen on the arm of Meghan Markle during her first appearance with Prince Harry at the Invictus Games back in 2017. The simple, structured tote really is fit for royalty - plus, the timeless colour will mean you can wear this day-in, day-out for years to come.
Buckle Detail Tote Bag | £27.50 from Marks & Spencer
This medium tote comes in five different colours and is the perfect size for anyone who likes heading straight from the office to meet friends. The M&S number also boasts trendy buckle detail - and for only £27.50 is an absolute bargain.
Stockholm Tote | £95 from Azurina
This roomy, soft and chic tote has the added benefit of being monogrammable. For no extra charge, you can add your initials (or even your full name if it’s four letters or under) to give your bag added fashion points - and ensure it never gets mistaken for one of the other black totes hanging around the office.
Wood Street Large Zip-Tote | £99 from Radley
In a sleek seaweed colour, this simple tote from respected British designer, Radley is made out of a buttery, smooth leather that will give your work wardrobe a high-end feel. The spacious interior is beautifully lined and features various pockets to keep your essentials safely in place.
Anna Reversible Contrast Band Coated Canvas Tote | £140 from Lacoste
Available in three modern colours, this tote is beautifully crafted in coated canvas with a rubbery contrast edging. It’s wide-opening means your belongings are easy to access, and the detachable inner pouch means you needn’t worry about keeping your wits about you on the commute. Plus, it’s perfect as a clutch if you’re heading straight out from the office.
Kate Spade Molly Small Tote Bag | £195 from John Lewis & Partners
This minimal Kate Spade design not only looks super chic, but will also keep your belongings secure. The open-top design has a dog-clip closure that keeps the tote closed while also giving you access to your iPhone whenever you need it.