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- Work bags have to excel in organization, style, and spaciousness to do the job well.
- Bonus points are awarded for the sort of versatility that can take you from the gym to the office.
- Our top picks move seamlessly between roles and look good doing it.
It’s difficult to find a bag that can jump through every hoop on a given day, including storing your laptop, keys and wallet, a book to read on the subway, and possibly even a change of clothes for the gym or after-work drinks. Because of this, many people will be familiar with buying, packing, and schlepping around multiple bags — one for work, and canvas totes or gym bags for the overflow.
But thanks to a retail landscape with more high-quality, affordable options than ever, it’s easier than ever to find stylish work bags that do it all. Plus, their designs are getting better over time.
Brands like Dagne Dover, Senreve, and Cuyana are changing the game and making it easier to find everyday bags that look good and hold an incredible amount of stuff. Say goodbye to your canvas tote collection with these office-approved carryalls.
Here are the best work bags for women in 2021:
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Dagne Dover Classic Tote
The Dagne Dover Classic Tote packs a ton of features in a slim, compact space so you can carry your entire life in this tote without it being bulky.
The Dagne Dover Classic Tote has so many specialized pockets that it’s impossible not to keep everything organized. It also has a neoprene water bottle sleeve, a phone pocket, a pen holder, a padded laptop sleeve, a notebook or tablet sleeve with magnetic closure, and an interior side pocket. There’s also a detachable key holder to prevent the tote from eating your key ring, which is great if you’ve ever found yourself digging around your bag while trying to unlock the front door.
The Classic Tote has a durable coated canvas exterior that comes in six very classic shades that go with everything in your wardrobe. It truly is the ideal grab-and-go bag for everyday use.
Dagne Dover’s praises have been sung all over the internet, including by our Insider Reviews executive editor Ellen Hoffman. We’re also fans of this bag’s larger counterpart, the Legend Tote, and the leather Allyn Tote, though it costs more.
Signature Classic Tote (small)
Senreve Maestra Bag
The Senreve Maestra Bag is a backpack, tote, and satchel in one gorgeous and functional package.
If you’re really serious about investing in The Ultimate Work Bag, a bag that can be everything at once, forever, consider the Senreve Maestra.
The Senreve Maestra stands out in part because it’s just plain cool. But functionality is the real selling point here. The Maestra is designed to withstand the wear-and-tear of daily use with stain- and water-resistant leather. It comes in three sizes, the largest of which has a whopping eight pockets, including one exterior pocket. And, yes, you can fit your laptop inside.
Perhaps the coolest thing about this bag is that it converts into four different styles, so you no longer need to choose between a backpack, crossbody, satchel, or tote. Insider Reviews senior editor Sally Kaplan couldn’t say enough good things about the Senreve Maestra in her review, and she’s not the only one.
Maestra Bag (small)
Leatherology Belmont Structured Tote
The Leatherology Belmont Structured Tote is an incredibly roomy option that comes with a wristlet, making it the perfect day-to-night option.
The concept of “day-to-night” dressing may be a little bit overstated. But in the event that you really need to ditch the heavy tote for your post-5 p.m. plans, Leatherology’s Belmont Structured tote provides a wristlet in the tote for an easy transition.
Leatherology is known for affordable, yet beautiful, leather goods that fit all your life needs, and the Belmont Structured Tote is a perfect example of this ethos. It’s a roomy work-friendly bag with plenty of storage space (though there are limited pockets). It also comes with a detachable wristlet large enough to hold your phone, cash, and keys for a quick getaway — the perfect two-in-one!
The Belmont tote is available in several neutral colors with contrasting interior leather for added stylistic interest. (The accompanying wristlets coordinate with the exterior shade.) Made of scratch- and water-resistant Italian leather, the bags can easily be cleaned and are durable enough to stand up to daily wear and tear.
Belmont Structured Tote (small)
Bellroy’s Tokyo Bag
Bellroy’s Tokyo Bag applies the brand’s characteristic practicality, inventive design, and ample organization hacks to a waterproof tote.
Bellroy’s Tokyo Tote lives up to its mission of creating surprising amounts of space in a sleek, functional tote — just like the brand’s timeless leather wallets. It’s water-resistant thanks to a tough exterior and water-resistant zip closures, so you can take it into adverse weather without a second thought. In our experience, the nylon doesn’t stay wet for long, so you don’t have to worry about toting around a soggy bag. It’s also backed by Bellroy’s three-year warranty.
The silhouette is undoubtedly sleek. While two pop-out pockets store larger items, such as water bottles, the others sit flush against the interior walls so as not to infringe upon valuable real estate. It fits a 13-inch laptop or tablet, though it may be tight depending on the case, and you can easily store — and locate in a rush — a wallet, headphones, makeup bag, and more. An external, quick-access pocket is great for essentials like your keys and phone. — Mara Leighton, senior reporter
Tokyo Tote (small)
Lo & Sons The Seville Prima Tote
The Lo & Sons The Seville Prima Tote is seriously versatile and practical.
If your work bag needs to travel, the Lo & Sons The Seville Prima Tote is the perfect transitional work bag for you. It has a travel sleeve, so it can slip over the handle of your suitcase at the airport.
The Seville Prima Tote has multiple pockets for all of your knicknacks, including your phone, a notebook, your wallet, a laptop, and more. It also has an outer shell that can be swapped out, so you can change up the look of your bag without buying a new one. The outer shell is also waterproof, so it can withstand getting caught in an unexpected downpour without damaging whatever you’re carting.
The Seville Prima Tote (small)
Cuyana Trapeze Satchel
The Cuyana Trapeze Satchel embodies the brand’s “fewer, better” motto, thanks to its sleek exterior that matches just about anything in your wardrobe.
The Cuyana Trapeze Satchel may be the last work that you buy. It is incredibly roomy and expands to hold pretty much everything you could need for work. A laptop sleeve and a zipper pocket keep your more delicate items separate and secure.
The Trapeze Satchel comes with a removable crossbody strap so you can switch up the way you carry it. The pebbled leather is a sleek option that looks good with everything. And since Cuyana makes all of its items sustainably and with responsibly-tanned leather, you can feel good about carrying it all day.
Trapeze Satchel (small)
MZ Wallace Medium Metro Tote
MZ Wallace’s nylon totes are more casual than the leather options on this list, but that’s what makes them great.
If you prefer a non-leather option for your work tote, then the MZ Wallace Large Sutton Bag is a great option. Since it’s made of nylon, it’s super lightweight and easy to clean — perfect for folks who lug their work tote on the subway or use it as a gym bag hybrid, too.
These totes are also huge and can hold a shocking amount. Former commerce reporter Remi Rosmarin says that this is the bag that takes her from work to drinks, because of how roomy it is. It has multiple interior pockets, so your laptop can stay separated from your sweaty gym clothes, and you’ll never find yourself digging around for your wallet. You can find our full review of the Mz Wallace Large Sutton Tote here.
Large Metro Tote (small)
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