Stylish Tote Bags for Work (and Play)

by Susannah Cahn

Stylish Tote Bags for Work (and Play)
Shop Story

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.



1 of 10 Image Credits: Bloomingdales

Strap Happy


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?

2 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Think Pink


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.

3 of 10 Image Credits: Bloomingdales

In the Clear


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.

4 of 10 Image Credits: Everlane

Keep It Classic


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.

5 of 10 Image Credits: Nordstrom

Animal Instinct


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.

6 of 10 Image Credits: Fossil

Panel Discussion


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.

7 of 10 Image Credits: Shop Bop

Dino Tribe


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.

8 of 10 Image Credits: Mark and Graham

Earn Your Stripes


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.

9 of 10 Image Credits: Saks

Grey Matters


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.

10 of 10 Image Credits: ASOS

Made in the Suede


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.