The 34 Best Work Totes of 2024: Stylish & Functional Tote Bags for Women

April 9, 2024

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If I had to name the most essential accessory for any working woman on the go, it would be a high-quality tote bag: spacious, versatile, and stylish.

It doesn’t matter if you work in an office, work from home, or work remotely at a coffee shop, a high quality work tote is a practical necessity.

These are the best women’s tote bags for work that blend fashion and function. From high-quality affordable totes to must-have mid-luxury bags, you’ll find the perfect work tote to suit your style and can carry everything you need.

Top 34 Affordable and Mid-Luxury Tote Bags for Work in 2023

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CALPAK | Coach | Cole Haan | Cuyana | Dagne Dover | DeMellier | Longchamps | M.GEMI | Madewell | Mansur Gavriel | MCM | Proenza Schouler White Label | Quince | Reformation | Rothy’s | Tory Burch | Tumi | VeeCollective | Veronica Beard

DEMELLIER

DeMellier Tokyo Tote

DeMellier Tokyo Tote

This sophisticated minimalist tote is a prime example of DeMellier’s timeless style paired with high-quality materials at a mid-luxury price point.

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COLE HAAN

Cole Haan Classic Straw Tote Bag

Cole Haan Classic Straw Tote Bag

The perfect warm weather work tote bag that’s large enough to hold the latest 16” laptops (18.5″ W x 11.6″ H x 5.9″ D). An interior lining, leather accents, and protective corners ensure you can use this tote year after year.

REFORMATION

Reformation Oversized Patrizia Bowling Bag

Reformation Oversized Patrizia Bowling Bag

If you love the look of The Row’s Margaux, but not at The Row’s price point, this sophisticated satchel bowling bag has a similar style and plenty of space.

LONGCHAMPS

Longchamps Large Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote

Longchamps Large Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote

If you check out the popular Reddit handbag community, Longchamps receives consistent praise for their Pliage line.

The Large Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote is a chic coated canvas bag that looks like leather. It has a clean, versatile look with structure that is flexible enough to stay comfortable. With a zipper closure, this elegant everyday tote is durable, secure, and weatherproof to keep your laptop and belongings protected.

MADEWELL

Madewell The Zip-Top Essential Tote

Madewell The Zip-Top Essential Tote

More than one reviewer of Madewell’s best-selling Zip-Top Essential Tote calls it a “perfect work tote!”

For under $200, this is a great everyday work tote that is spacious and secure. One purchaser said, “This bag fits practically anything I would ever need. I am able to fit a thin folder, MacBook Air, Planner, pencil case, snack pouch, and 2 other small pouches for essentials. I am also able to fit a Vera Bradley lunch box in it and be able to still zip it. I love that it also has an elastic band inside the bag to hold a larger water bottle like a Stanley, and prevent it from tipping over. It also stands up by itself which is so nice so everything doesn’t spill out as it’s sitting on the floor.”

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Madewell The Essential Bucket Tote

Madewell The Essential Bucket Tote

Katie Holmes has been spotted with Madewell’s top-rated Essential Bucket Tote on more than occasion.

Shoppers love this versatile bag for work. One reviewer wrote, “The PERFECT Bag! I’ve been wanting a bucket bag for so so long and I finally found the perfect one!! It fits my laptop for work but looks SO chic wearing it out and about.”

Another said, “This bag is beautiful! It is just what I have been looking for. The leather is buttery soft. It is large, but not too large. It is the perfect size for everyday and for work. The best feature of the bag is the wide, adjustable shoulder strap.”

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Madewell The Transport Tote

Madewell The Transport Tote

You can’t go wrong with Madewell’s OG workhorse tote bag. If you tend to be hard on your bags, this one only gets better with age. As one reviewer said, “This is THE bag. I have carried this bag in the English saddle for over 8+ years now. It is worn in just right. Soft as butter, beautiful patina.”


Madewell The Shopper Tote

Madewell The Shopper Tote

This soft grain leather is tumbled for 48 hours for natural pebbling and then hand cut into this beautiful shopper tote. This stylish, slouchy tote has collapsible sides that close with a dog clip if you want to change up your look.

It’s also lightweight with plenty of space – one reviewer said, “I really love this bag! I got it to use as a work/study tote for everyday. I researched a lot of bags to look for a leather work tote until this one came out and it was exactly what I was looking for. It fits my 13-inch laptop, iPad, makeup pouch, water bottle, headphones, sweater, etc.”

CALPAK

CALPAK Haven Laptop Tote Bag

CALPAK Haven Laptop Tote Bag

CALPAK’s Haven Laptop Tote is not only a great day-to-day work bag, but also a top option for travelers.

This minimalist faux leather tote has a removable insert with a number of functional features including a laptop sleeve (that fits up to a 16” laptop), several organizational compartments, and a zip closure to keep your belongings secure.

One reviewer wrote, “I have the bag in three colors now, it’s tried and true. It’s been my sidekick through law school and now as an attorney. I use it for travel, everyday, and emotional support. I’m not very gentle with my purses, admittedly, but this bag will stand the test of time and looks great!”

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M.GEMI

M.GEMI The Elena Grande Tote

M.GEMI The Elena Grande Tote

Handmade by Italian artisans, the Elena Grande Tote is a designer-quality bag at a much lower price point.

This top-rated work tote receives heavy praise for its luxe leather, spaciousness (15.7” W x 12” H x 7.8” D), and craftsmanship.

One reviewer says, “Best Work Bag Ever! This bag is beautiful, functional and spacious!” Another wrote, “Loved this bag so much that I bought it in a second color a week later! Perfect size, not too heavy and beautiful leather / color options. Great for going to and from work and can fit my laptop without becoming too bulky.”

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M.GEMI The Laura Convertible Backpack

M.GEMI The Laura Convertible Backpack

Two styles in one, M.Gemi’s versatile Laura can be worn on your shoulder or as a backpack.

Handmade from soft Italian calf leather, this stylish work tote bag has several interior compartments, a top zip to keep items secure, and is large enough to carry a laptop, cosmetic bag, water bottle, and your essentials.

One reviewer said, “I have been looking for the perfect everyday/travel bag for years and have finally found it! It’s large enough to carry whatever I need but doesn’t feel uncomfortable to carry even when fully loaded.”

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VEECOLLECTIVE

VeeCollective Medium Quilted Nylon Tote Bag

VeeCollective Medium Quilted Nylon Tote Bag

VeeCollective’s Medium Quilted Nylon Bag mixes geometric and minimalist aesthetics to bring you this very spacious, super-lightweight, versatile tote bag.

Water-repellent and durable, this functional work tote comes with a designated protective laptop sleeve, large detachable pouch, plenty of pockets, a secure zip top closure, and an extra, adjustable shoulder strap. With plenty of room, you can fit a 16” laptop and use this for the gym or travel without it being bulky (22’’ W x 13” H x 10’’ D).

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CUYANA

Cuyana Classic Easy Zipper Tote

Cuyana Classic Easy Zipper Tote

For luxurious, high-quality bags without the designer price point, Cuyana has you covered.

Cuyana’s best-selling Classic Easy Tote is the perfect soft unstructured leather bag for work or travel that comes in a variety of colors and three different sizes (Classic, Tall, Small), as well as the option to choose a top zipper.

To help you stay organized, Classic Easy Tote Insert is a valuable add-on.

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Cuyana Classic Structured Leather Tote

Cuyana Classic Structured Leather Tote

Now back in limited quantities, Cuyana’s original classic structured tote stands the test of time.

Reviewers love the leather, the size, the versatility, and the timeless look. One wrote, “The perfect tote! This bag is top notch! Classic structure, will never go out of style. Real, durable leather – worth every penny!”


Cuyana System Tote

Cuyana System Tote

Cuyana’s System Tote consistently receives rave reviews from customers and fashion editors alike. With options for Italian pebbled or croc-embossed leather, this versatile tote is designed for work and comes in two sizes (13” and 16”).

You’ll not only have this bag for years to come, but you can personalize it with a monogram, and customize it with a variety of add-ons like the Wide Adjustable Strap, Zipper Pouch Insert, and Laptop Sleeve.

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Cuyana Oversized Linea Bag

Cuyana Oversized Linea Bag

Cuyana’s newest laptop-friendly work bag, the Oversized Linea, has an elegant, clean style with plenty of space. Integrated organizational compartments and pockets will comfortably hold your laptop (up to 16”), plus any day-to-day essentials.

VERONICA BEARD

Veronica Beard Crest Tote

Veronica Beard Crest Tote

This capacious carryall tote has two sets of handles so you can choose how you carry it. With a feminine, structured silhouette, this elevated tote can easily hold everything you need for work and more.

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MANSUR GAVRIEL

Mansur Gavriel Large Tote

Mansur Gavriel Large Tote

If you like your tote to develop character over time, this structured Mansur Gavriel tote is made from Italian vegetable tanned leather that purposely patinas with your daily wear-and-tear. This lightweight work tote fits up to a 16” laptop, comes with a useful detachable pouch, and has a contrasting interior color to make it easy to see inside.

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TORY BURCH

Tory Burch Ella Tote

Tory Burch Ella Tote

Tory Burch’s Ella Tote is a popular work tote option for its style, structure, space, and durability.

The lightweight Ella Tote comes in several color and fabric options to suit your needs.

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Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote

Tory Burch Perry Triple Compartment Leather Tote

Clean and classic, this pebbled leather tote has a timeless workwear style with the function to match. The Perry bag includes a center zipper compartment (fits a 13” laptop), 3 interior slit pockets, protective feet, and long straps to fit comfortably over your shoulder.

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ROTHY’S

Rothy’s The Lightweight Tote

Rothy's The Lightweight Tote

This sustainable minimalist tote is lightweight, flexible, spacious, durable (strong enough to hold 150 pounds!), comfortable to wear, and fully machine washable.

One reviewer said, “Gorgeous. This bag is even more beautiful in person! I love the feel, the drape, the integrity, everything about these bags! I have three and will definitely buy more. They carry so much, are comfortable to carry, and beautiful. I almost get annoyed with myself for loving it so much because it’s just a simple tote with nothing but a key leash inside but it’s truly the best tote I’ve ever owned!!”

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Rothy’s The Essential Tote

Rothy's The Essential Tote

With space for a 15” laptop, books, water bottle and more, this stylish washable tote has a top zip closure and an interior zip pocket to keep your belongings secure.

One reviewer noted, “Great work bag! I bought this bag to use for work, and it holds my laptop, portable monitor, all the cords (in my Rothy’s pouch!) perfectly, plus my wallet, water, etc. It’s perfect!”

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Rothy’s The Bucket Bag

Rothy's The Bucket Bag

This versatile bucket bag is a chic tote and crossbody in one. With the spaciousness of a tote (14.2” W X 16.1” H X 6.3” D) and several practical pockets, this structured bag can carry all of your daily work essentials, including a 15” laptop, while keeping you organized. (And just like the other Rothy’s bags, it’s fully machine washable and durable enough to handle up to 150 pounds.)

One reviewer wrote, “My favorite bag ever. It is high quality, extremely stylish (even better in person), lightweight, comfortable to carry around, and extremely durable! It goes with any of my outfits so it became my everyday bag. Absolutely love it! Highly recommend.”

PROENZA SCHOULER WHITE LABEL

Proenza Schouler White Label Twin Large Color Block Tote

Proenza Schouler White Label Twin Large Color Block Tote

Crafted from 100% lambskin, this unique tote has a boxy silhouette with tonal and contrast topstitching and an open top with self-tie fastening. With room for a 15” laptop, this black and ivory tote features two spacious compartments and an internal zip pouch.


Proenza Schouler White Label Large Bedford Tote

Proenza Schouler White Label Large Bedford Tote

Made from 100% calfskin, the luxe Large Bedford Tote has a slouchy, curved silhouette, contrast topstitching, a detachable pouch, silver-tone metal hardware, and comfortable shoulder straps.

While the Large Bedford offers plenty of room (20.8” W X 10.8” H X 7.7” D), there’s also an extra large version (22.4” W X 13” H X 9” D) if you need more space.

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MCM

MCM Liz Reversible Large Tote Bag

MCM Liz Reversible Large Tote Bag

If you love the look (and size!) of the LV Neverfull, you’ll want to check out MCM’s high quality, but more affordable, Liz Reversible Shopper. Crafted in MCM’s signature coated canvas with leather detailing, you get two different styles in one with its reversible design.

One reviewer said, “This tote is fantastic. It offers wonderful functionality, high style, and impressive build quality and durability. The cognac color is beautiful. I also love that I can grab the matching pouch and use that as a smaller bag if I don’t want to carry the big tote. I was about to buy an LV Neverfull but went with this instead, and I have no regrets. It’s more unique and just as well made (if not better, TBH).”

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COACH

Coach Willow Tote

Coach Willow Tote

Coach’s Willow Tote is a timeless take on the classic work bag. Whether you prefer one of their leather options or signature canvas, this elevated tote features two open pockets, a secure center zip compartment, and slender shoulder straps designed with a longer drop to fit comfortably over coats. Finished with Coach’s Signature turnlock closure, it fits up to a 13″ laptop.

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Coach 1941 Rae Leather Tote Bag

Coach 1941 Rae Leather Tote Bag

The Coach 1941 Rae is effortless elegance in a tote bag.

This refined tote is constructed with glovetanned leather that is not bulky or too heavy. With sturdy luggage top handles and a detachable shoulder strap, you’ll stay comfortable on your commute.

One reviewer wrote, “Working in Style! I wanted a tote that I could travel with that was not bulky or flimsy. This tote has exceeded all expectations!! It carried my laptop (14X9), two folders (8.5×11), my phone, water bottle and I still had room for a small sweater. It was sturdy and I never felt that it was overloaded. I am loving this purchase!”


Coach Rogue 39 Tote

Coach Rogue 39 Tote

Polished and professional, Coach’s Rogue 39 receives rave reviews for its style, size, and craftsmanship.

With a soft structure, this stunning work tote has two open compartments, a secure interior zip compartment, multifunctional pockets, protective feet, a detachable shoulder strap, and room for a 13″ laptop.

One five-star review said the Rogue 39 is “STUNNING. This bag looks even better in person. Very high quality down to the details. Large in size and will hold everything you need. One of my favorite winter/fall bags.”

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TUMI

Tumi Large Valetta Tote

Tumi Large Valetta Tote

Tumi is known for high-quality, stylish accessories that blend business and travel. Made from a durable nylon with leather trim, the Valetta has a structured silhouette with a flat base for stability, a lined interior, a padded compartment that fits most 14″ laptops, a luggage sleeve, and includes Tumi Tracer®, a complimentary program that helps recover your bag if it’s lost or stolen.

One reviewer wrote, “Love! Got this in black and gunmetal and LOVE IT! I’m very into bags and this one is perfect. Lightweight, super organized and so well designed and well made. The handles are exceptionally comfortable and the water bottle pocket is fabulous! Switching from a neverfull gm – this size is a bit smaller but more efficient to use.”

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QUINCE

Quince Italian Leather Triple Compartment Shopper

Quince Italian Leather Triple Compartment Shopper

This bestselling Quince work tote bag receives rave reviews for its exceptional quality at an unbeatable price point.

Made from durable 100% top-grain Italian leather, this affordable luxury work bag has a sleek, structured silhouette, minimal branding, protective feet, plenty of organizational pockets, and room for your daily essentials (plus a 13” laptop!).

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Quince Italian Leather Handwoven Tote

Quince Italian Leather Handwoven Tote

This beautiful handwoven 100% Italian leather tote is stylish and practical. Fitting up to a 16″ laptop, this functional tote is lined with 100% cotton and has a zippered pocket, two slip pockets, and a magnetic snap closure.

If you’re looking for something a little smaller, check out their Italian Leather Small Handwoven Tote that fits a 13” laptop.

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Quince Italian Leather Triple Compartment Work Tote

Quince Italian Leather Triple Compartment Work Tote

Polished and professional, this top-rated Italian leather triple compartment tote is another high-quality, affordable steal.

With a padded zippered center compartment to hold a 13″ laptop, two side compartments with snap closures, three slip pockets, and protective metal feet, you’ll use this multitasking work bag for years to come.

DAGNE DOVER

Dagne Dover Wade Neoprene Diaper Tote

Dagne Dover Wade Neoprene Diaper Tote

Don’t let the name fool you, this Dagne Dover neoprene tote is a durable, do-it-all bag. With plenty of pockets, pouches, and extras, this “diaper tote” is perfect for professionals who need to stay organized.

This reviewer really says it all: “I use EVERY. SINGLE. POCKET. but I don’t feel restricted in how I use them. I use the side zipper “wipes” pocket for my laptop charger, AirPods and phone charger. The other side pocket holds my 26oz Yeti rambler with no problem, even when the bag is packed full. I can’t say enough good things about this bag, so I’ll stop here. The only other thing I will say is, if you are looking to use this bag for work/professional purposes, don’t let the fact that it’s a “diaper bag” stop you. Just buy it. You will NOT regret it!!”

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These beautiful mid-luxury work tote bags tend to be available in limited quantities and sell out quickly.

 


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