11 best tote bags for 2021: designer, high street, sporty and more

Catherine robinson

Is there anything more versatile than a tote bag? Whether you’re going to the store, throwing in your laptop for the office, or packing your gym kit for a workout, there’s room for everything you need, plus handy pockets extra for storing your valuables.

These roomy bags are a staple post lockdown as life returns to normal and we all go out more – but there is so much to choose from. To help you find the one that best suits your needs, we’ve rounded up the best you can buy online in fall 2021, from designer to mainstream – keep scrolling.

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Best Designer Tote Bags for Women 2021

longchamp tote

Original Le Pliage L shoulder bag, £ 90, Longchamp


Dimensions: 30cm x 31cm x 19cm

No overview of tote bags would be complete without Longchamp. Their classic mid-size canvas tote bags come in a rainbow of colors and are built to last. Kate Middleton love these bags, and if that’s good enough for Kate …


Marc Jacobs The tote canvas tote bag, £ 200, Selfridges


Size: 34cm x 42cm x 16cm

This large, stylish canvas tote features a zipper closure, two top handles and an interior zip pocket to keep your valuables safe.


Essential tote, £ 275, Aspinal


Dimensions: 34 cm x 36 cm x 12 cm

Kate Middleton’s favorite handbag brand Aspinal offers the chicest collection of leather tote bags. Their Essential tote comes in many colors, including navy blue, beige, cherry red, and the happiest marmalade orange and roomy enough for your essentials – it’s big enough to hold an iPad Pro 12.9. Plus, you can do it monogrammed for free.


Large all day tote, £ 225, Kate spade


Dimensions: 28 cm x 38 cm x 14 cm

If you are looking for a roomy leather tote, Kate Spade’s offering is fabulous. You’ll be surprised at how much stuff you can fit into this chic tote bag – which comes with a pocket to store your valuables. It’s available in pretty, vibrant shades like Orchid Pink and Yucca Green, as well as Classic Black and Powder Pink.

Best high-end tote bags


Essential tote, £ 249, All saints


Dimensions: 33 cm x 62 cm x 14 cm

We’re in love with AllSaints’ new spacious Fall Nadaline Quilted Tote Bag – which features a luxe quilted design, double strap, and interior zip pocket. It’s also available in black as well as the rich Oxblood brown hue pictured. This leather tote is sure to relegate all other bags to the back of the wardrobe – it fits whatever you need and looks super stylish.


Allicon Mock Crock Tote Bag, £ 65, Ted baker


Dimensions: 45cm x 35cm x 13.5cm

Ted Baker’s freshly launched crocodile skin tote bag is big on space, and big on style, too. It will definitely get you noticed. It has a roomy interior pocket and is available in nude and black if emerald green isn’t your thing.

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The best tote bags

curved tote

The canvas tote bag was now £ 55 now £ 32, Everlan


Don’t like the look of square tote bags? Everlane’s tote bag has curves! It is made of sustainable organic cotton, has an interior zip pocket and comfortable, thick shoulder straps. You can get it in black, tan, nude, and teal – and it’s on sale right now for 41% off.

denim handbag

Denim tote, £ 24.99, H&M


Dimensions: 35cm x 39cm x 19cm

We also love the spacious denim tote bag from H&M that just arrived. This ticks the sustainable development box – it’s made from 100% recycled cotton

The best weekend tote bags

zulucow weekend bag

Weekend travel bag, £ 345, Zulucow


Dimensions: 30 cm x 45 cm x 28 cm

This luxury travel bag is a real centerpiece. It is made from butter-soft leather and Nguni cowhide leather, which is sustainably sourced and handcrafted by a group of talented artisans in South Africa. If you buy one, you will help create sustainable employment opportunities and develop skills in rural areas. Each is one of a kind (check out the Zulucow website to see all the styles and designs available), but all have soft handles and an adjustable shoulder strap, so you can wear it in multiple ways. There is also a suede and soft leather lining with a removable rigid natural suede bottom panel for structure and it has large exterior zippered leather lined pockets at each end. More than enough room for all your weekend essentials!


Weekend bag, £ 39, H&M


Dimensions: 22 cm x 31 cm x 48 cm

H & M’s duffel bag looks like a small bag, but it’s actually a steal of 39 pounds! Perfect for the weekend – it has a removable shoulder strap, zip closure, two handles and studs on the bottom

The best sporty tote bags


Vintage airliner lux shopper bag, £ 43, Adidas


Whether you actually use this tote to go to the gym is up to you – we think it’s so special you’ll want to use it as a bag for all of your daily needs. It is made from a lenticular material which means the color changes with light.


Take it on a tote, £ 58, Lululemon


Size: 42cm x 13cm x 38cm

Available in black or gold, Lululemon’s tote bag is spacious, durable and water resistant. Plus, it has a handy phone pocket to help you stay organized.

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