We have found the 22 best tote bags for every occasion

Somewhere in between the functional mortise and fashionable mini bag lies a classic style that effortlessly delivers on both fronts: the tote. Defined by two over-the-shoulder handles and a deep rectangular structure made of durable materials, totes have become much more than utilitarian carry-alls. Today, the bags are powerful accessories that represent mindful sustainability and stylish. (Speaking of style, there is even one Instagram account dedicated to the revival of LL Bean’s iconic boat and tote bags.) That’s why we’ve rounded up the best tote bags designed to fit you effortlessly for work, travel, school and everything in between.

From LLBean‘s OG styles to Baggu‘s packable ripstop nylon creations, the bags are worth adding to your bag rotations. There is a color, print, fabric and size for everyone. Find the one that matches your style. Each of our picks is all-occasion-approved—even ready to carry you and your stuff from crowded work commutes to grocery trips, gym trips, all-day shopping trips, and nights out.

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Lululemon Side-Cinch Shopper Bag

Stormy weather is no match for your commute or an activity-filled weekend trip with this bag. Lululemon’s trusty lightweight tote is made from water-resistant material, so there’s no fear of spills or splashes. Plus, it has adjustable side detailing so you can customize the look. Functional and cute.

Lululemon Side-Cinch Shopper Bag 18L, $, available at Lululemon

Mansur Gavriel Soft Tote for everyday use

You might recognize Mansur Gavriel by its iconic bucket bags. But the brand also has a list of stylish handbags like the Everyday Soft Tote that you can carry around your belongings in fashion.

Mansur Gavriel Everyday Soft Tote, $, available at Mansur Gavriel

Girlfriend Collective Provence Please Recycle Tote Bag

This reusable tote is made for organization lovers. You can store all your small trinkets with the five pockets in different sizes.

Free People Cloud Commuter Tote

Meet your beloved quilted puffer coat in its slouchy mule form. It has a zipped interior with a padded laptop sleeve, so your everyday stuff will be safe and comfortable.

Free people Cloud Commuter Tote, $, available at Free people

Rebecca Minkoff Tote in suede

If you’re an avid Rebecca Minkoff fan, you’ll notice the signature clasp and tassel. Unlike many totes, it also has a magnetic snap closure. No need to zip up your bag (or leave it all hanging open) when you’re on the go.

& Other Stories Crochet tote bag

We’re ready to style this purple jumpsuit for weekend brunches and playful date nights for many seasons to come.

& other stories Crochet Tote Bag, $, available at & other stories

Urban Outfitters Take Your Vitamins Tote Bag

Let the slogan on this classic cotton canvas style serve as a cheerful reminder for you (and the rest of the world).

Urban Outfitters Take Your Vitamins Tote Bag, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Slouchy Tote

This bright neon number is set to be a statement bag star – pair it with anything from your favourites leather jackets to dresses and wear it everywhere from the office to a park picnic.

By Anthropologie Slouchy Tote, $, available at Anthropology

Everlane The Italian Leather Studio Bag

Everlane’s elevated version of the tote bag is crafted from buttery Italian leather that exudes effortless polish. The spacious shape makes it perfect for work, school or as an everyday bag.

Everlane The Italian Leather Studio Bag, $, available at Everlane

Etsy granny crochet fabric

Exude coveted granny style with this handmade crochet bag.

KNIT AND CROCHET Granny Crochet Tote Bag, $, available at Etsy

Mango leather shopper bag

Imagine a smart business woman with this suede bag. The chain’s double handle is an elevated touch to the usual canvas versions.

WorldLyda Canvas Crossbody Tote

This lovely rainbow-striped and durable canvas style features a bonus crossbody strap for extra secure toting.

World sounds Canvas Crossbody Tote, $, available at Amazon

H&M straw bag

Straw bags doesn’t always have to be the stereotypical shade of brown. This legend has rainbow sorbet vibes, but don’t be fooled by the cute appearance. With a height of 15 inches, there is enough room to hold plenty of beach supplies.

H&M Straw Bag, $, available at H&M

LLBean Hunter’s Open-Top Tote Bag

For a more modern take on the OG bag, try LLBean’s rugged polyester version in a statement camo print – this timeless workhouse tote comes in three sizes, suits almost any style and holds a lot of stuff.

LL Bean Hunter’s Tote Bag, Open-Top, $, available at LL Bean

Baggu Standard Baggu

It’s hard to choose just one of Baggu’s classic reusable bags to include on our hit list – but this multi-metallic style ranks highly as a must-have, disco essential.

Baggu Standard Baggu, $, available at Baggu

Madewell The Medium Transport Tote

A box that will never let you down: Madewell’s travel bag. It’s a cult favorite with 4.4 stars and over 1,000 reviews.

Madewell The Medium Transport Tote, $, available at Madewell

Etsy LinenFox Large Tote Bag

We love the relaxed, elegant vibe and all-inclusive size of this handmade tote made from 100% organic Baltic linen.

Linnefox Large linen tote bag, $, available at Etsy

Rothy’s The Essential Tote

That the comfy-chic shoe brand’s sustainable handbag launch brought us this sleek striped tote made from 100% recycled marine plastic materials.

Rothys The Essential Tote, $, available at Rothys

Etsy Thank You Shopping Bag Tote

Give a cheeky nod to New York’s plastic bag ban with this takeout-style bag made from a durable double-layer canvas.

ChubbyMishoStore Thank You T-Shirt Reusable Shopping Bag, $, available at Etsy

Tarte Sugar Rush Holographic Tote

Plastic bags may be out, but holographic bags made from non-toxic, luminous jelly materials are not.

Sugar intoxication Holographic Tote Bag, $, available at Tart

J.Crew Weekender Montauk Tote in leather

Invest in this timeless leather tote bag and be amazed at how many years of use go by. It will be your new base for weekend trips and everything in between.

Gophra Corduroy tote bag

Not all totes are made from cotton canvas materials – check out this velvet style that looks like a throwback to our school days.

Gophra Corduroy Tote Bag, $, available at Amazon

Sondra Roberts Woven EW Tote Bag

Channel your best summer style with this warm-weather essential tote made from woven jute braided with fabric fragments.

Sondra Roberts Wove EW Tote Bag, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Urban Outfitters Tie-Dye Washed Canvas Tote

Finally, a tie-dye tote (made from durable cotton canvas) is perfect to complete your head-to-toe tie-dye in 2020.

Urban Outfitters Washed Canvas Tote Bag, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Opening Ceremony Super Large Tote

We said EVERY occasion…

Opening ceremony Super Large Tote, $, available at Opening ceremony

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