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Stylish Tote Bags for Work (and Play)

Whether you’re the type to shove everything into your bag as you rush out the door or have a more methodical approach to stashing your stuff, no one will be the wiser when you opt for one of these stylish totes for work. Better yet, our chic picks — from pink plastic to grey leather to leopard print — can go from the boardroom to the bar (or barre) with ease. Carry on.

Strap Happy

Tote Bag for Work LeSportsac Gabrielle Large Tote With Rainbow Details

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This LeSportsac tote is the epitome of versatile. An understated and functional (read work appropriate) black bag by day is easily transformed into a playful statement piece for night with the simple addition of its glitter stripe shoulder strap and mini, rainbow sequin pouch. Can you say happy hour?

Shop It! LeSportsac Gabrielle Large Tote With Rainbow Details, $195;

Photo: Bloomingdale's

Think Pink

Tote Bag for Work Ted Baker London Large Almacon Bow Detail Icon Tote

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If your style skews ladylike but frills and fuss are just too much, this pink Ted Baker tote is the bag for you. The high-gloss finish looks polished and puts spring’s shellacked look in your grasp, literally, while a 3-D bow ups the feminine ante. Call it flirty, if you will, when you ditch the blazer after work.

Shop It! Ted Baker London Large Almacon Bow Detail Icon Tote, $59;

Photo: Nordstrom

In the Clear

Tote Bag for Work Aqua Clear Tote Bag With Pouch

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Unleash your out-of-office personality by simply unclipping the removable croc-embossed pouch from this of-the-moment translucent tote bag by Aqua. The double-duty, mixed media design is a clear winner for those wanting to look fashion forward when arriving, and paired down and party-ready upon leaving.

Shop It! Aqua Clear Tote Bag With Pouch, $78;

Photo: Bloomingdale's

Keep It Classic

Tote Bag for Work Everlane The Day Market Tote Bag

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In rich Italian leather, this classic and structured Everlane tote is a wardrobe, er, workhorse (not to mention a Meghan Markle favorite). With all the professional use it will get, think of this splurge as an investment in your career. (Too bad companies don’t reimburse for that.) And the sleek black style doesn’t look stuffy, so it will hold up just as well for a night out. That’s the best of both worlds right there.

Shop It! Everlane The Day Market Tote, $175;

Photo: Everlane

Animal Instinct

Tote Bag for Work Sole Society Tasia Leopart Print Tote

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While leopard has its wild side, the animal print’s unwavering popularity has many — including us — considering it a neutral. Contrasting black side panels and over-the-shoulder top handles further tame the spots on this Sole Society tote. For a more traditional work environment, keep the rest of your look monochromatic. But come after hours, add some bright red lipstick and let your bag roar.

Shop It! Sole Society Tasia Leopard Print Tote, $59.95;

Photo: Nordstrom

Panel Discussion

Tote Bag for Work Fossil Camilla Convertible Small Backpack

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Options abound with Fossil's convertible bag. Carry as a tote (perfect for a power lunch), wear as a crossbody (calling all commuters) or get the hands-free convenience of a backpack (hold your drink and half-price apps). However you choose to wear this patchwork number, you’ll look totes stylish.

Shop It! Fossil Camilla Convertible Small Backpack, $188;

Photo: Fossil

Dino Tribe

Tote Bag for Work Coach 1941 Rexy Canvas Tote

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Best reserved for more creative fields or those who work for themselves, this canvas Coach carryall with leather trim has a serious sci-fi vibe with its Rexy the dinosaur graphic and far-out type treatment. A ditsy floral backdrop tempers the Triassic tote but is no less kitschy. See you at open mic night or the vintage bookstore.

Shop It! Coach 1941 Rexy Canvas Tote, $150;

Photo: Shopbop

Earn Your Stripes

Tote Bag for Work Mark & Graham Livingston Tote, Navy Stripe

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Racing stripes adorn this vegan leather Mark & Graham tote for a sporty effect, while the navy hue with chocolate accents is undeniably classic. To really drive home the preppy style, spring for the optional monogramming. With or without your initials, the bag has a refined aesthetic that works watching the clock or watching the game.

Shop It! Mark & Graham Livingston Tote, Navy Stripe, $129;

Photo: Mark & Graham

Grey Matters

Tote Bag for Work Rebecca Minkoff Stella Leather Tote Bag

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Smooth leather in all-season grey makes for a sophisticated work look that goes with everything. Adjustable shoulder straps with silvertone hardware lend a modern edge to this streamlined Rebecca Minkoff design. The result: a timeless tote that can go from watercooler to watering hole in a snap. Talk about getting more bag for your buck.

Shop It! Rebecca Minkoff Stella Leather Tote Bag, $198;

Photo: Saks Fifth Avenue

Made in the Suede

Tote Bag for Work ASOS Design Suede Ring Detail Shopper Bag

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In supple suede, this ASOS Design tote works both in and out of the office. Stash notes and even a laptop for running between meetings, then, come five o’clock, swap out your business essentials for barre socks and a water bottle. The fully lined, slightly slouchy bag with O-ring accents will earn you style points wherever you carry it. Now, pulse.

Shop It! ASOS Design Suede Ring Detail Shopper Bag, $56;

Photo: ASOS

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