Do you remember your grandma’s padded tote bag? She had come to visit, and there could be anything in there, from a mashed banana to a present for you, and maybe a lost shoe that she never let go of. In college, your SO would put a weekend’s worth in a plastic tote bag or a sad, thin canvas bag. Guess what, tote bags have grown up and become pretty darn sophisticated for us. Now, those oversized squares or rectangles with sewn-on straps on top have become the plaything of designers and high-end brands.
Oh yes, you can choose the best tote bags that are a real workhorse. These babies can store outdoor fruits and veggies you picked up at the farmer’s market, or work stuff, or a change of clothes or gym gear.
And there are designer totes that double as weekenders. There are designer bags that will carry your weekly groceries, a laptop, and whatever else you have. Logomania has spread to tote bags, so you can find a (relatively speaking) inexpensive way to follow this trend and rock a designer bag on your shoulder or wrist.
Our best tote bag roundup has been split into two groups: everyday and designer tote bags. Take a look at our selection to see which is the best tote bag for all your needs.
The Best Everyday Tote Bags
Looking for a bag that can withstand crazy commutes, quick overnight trips, and multiple trips to the market? Here are eight bags that work hard.
1. Baggu Giant Pocket Tote Bag in Spanish Olive
Baggu has been making a variety of tote bags for quite some time now, and they have earned a reputation for making sturdy and good-looking tote bags. For those who want a bag they can use for shopping, work, the gym, and a travel bag, Baggu’s Jumbo Tote Bag is your jam. This sucker is large, 17 inches by 21 inches. It has two large outside pockets, two inside pockets and can hold a 15 inch laptop.
Buy: Baggu Giant Pocket Tote Bag in Spanish Olive $62.00
Baggu Giant Pocket Tote Bag in Black
The Baggu branded jumbo totes are available in black or white, they are constructed like the unbranded jumbo bags. However, they are on sale. At almost half the original price, their branded bags display their name in a rainbow of colors.
Buy: Baggu Giant Pocket Tote Bag in Black $34.00
2. Everlane The ReNew Transit Weekender
LIKE HAVING YOUR OWN SHERPA
You know and love Everlane for their clothes that look amazing season after season, but did you know they also make accessories? Their gigantic tote bag AKA the ReNew Transit Weekender could probably hold a slew of puppies with room for more stuff. Made from waterproof recycled polyester, this zippered bag features a padded laptop sleeve, two water bottle holders, an exterior zippered pocket and another pocket in which a handle of baggage can pass. This is the bag you use when taking the kids to an amusement park as it will hold food and a change of clothes, or for a picnic or shopping. The tote bag can be carried by hand, on the shoulder or across the body.
Buy: Everlane The ReNew Transit Weekender $85.00
3. LL bean boat and tote bag
LL Bean’s sturdy canvas tote bag is a book publisher’s best friend, as many of them use these indestructible bags to carry ARCs (Advanced Reading Copies), manuscripts and whatever else. they must read it. For the rest, they have become the essential bag for all seasons. You can use it to carry stuff to the beach, bring stuff home from the market, and in a pinch, you can even use it as a laundry basket. The zipped tote is also available in blue, dark green or black.
Buy: LL Bean Boat & Tote Bag $44.95
4. Herschel Supply Co. Bamfield Canvas Tote Bag
Herschel Supply Co.’s tote bags are as durable and beautiful as their famous backpacks. This black canvas tote bag can hold up to 44 liters and has an exterior patch pocket. The inside pocket can hold keys and your wallet.
Buy: Herschel Supply Co. Bamfield Canvas Tote Bag $120.00
5. Big Nixon Heist Bag
BEST FOR THE WEEKEND AND THE RETURN
This bag is much bigger on the inside and can hold a ridiculous amount of stuff. Personally, I own one and I’m always amazed at how much stuff I can fit in it. Exterior pockets are huge, each oversized zippered pocket can fit a pair of sneakers. The tote bag has a top zipper closure which when opened reveals a very large spacious interior. The hand carry straps are so large that the bag can rest on the shoulder with them. This bag holds 29 liters and has a removable shoulder strap if you decide to turn it into a shoulder bag. Made from recycled polyester, this bag has an ombré camo print and still looks brand new. It also exists in other colors.
Buy: Nixon Grand Heist Bag $65.00
6. BARK Bounce Dog Park Tote Bag
Finally a tote bag that meets the needs of dog parents! This canvas tote bag has a lined treat pocket, so you won’t have to live with crumbs in your pockets, and a built-in poop bag holder. The rest of the tote bag can hold toys, other dog accessories, and your wallet. The neutral wave pattern gives you the flexibility to use it for shopping and more.
Buy: BARK Bounce Dog Park Tote Bag $30.00
7. DoroSun Shopping Insulated Tote Bag – Large
This triple insulated tote bag can be used at the market as it will keep frozen foods and perishables safe until you can take them home. If you’re tailgating or picnicking, or bringing food to a work party, this bag will keep food the same temperature as when you closed the bag. There is an outside pocket for your keys, wallet and other things.
Buy: DoroSun Shopping Cooler Insulated Tote Bag $17.98
The best designer tote bags
Store everything you need in these designer tote bags while showing off your style.
8. Marni Folded Logo Tote Bag
Marni’s green and black faux-leather tote expands to carry everything. There are two large compartments to keep things organized. Originally $790, the bag is now on sale for 40% off.
Buy: Marni Folded Logo Tote Bag $474.00
9. Large Multicolor Gucci GG Tote Bag
If you’re going to be carrying stuff, do it in style. This rainbow-hued tote bag from Gucci is trimmed in leather, has an interior zip pocket and a detachable shoulder strap.
Buy: Multicolored Gucci GG Large Tote Bag $1,980.00
10. Burberry Camouflage Print Cotton Tote
BEST FOR WORK AND WEEKENDS
Burberry’s camo print is more Rorschach than visual obscuration of antlers. Sarcastic comments aside, this leather-trimmed tote has interior open and zippered pockets, a detachable shoulder strap, leather wrist straps, and can hold almost anything.
Buy: Burberry camouflage print cotton tote bag $1350.00
11. Maison Kitsune Logo Cotton Canvas Tote Bag
This Maison Kitsune logo cotton tote immerses you in the game of logomania without breaking your bank account. The tote bag can hold a laptop, books or groceries.
Buy: Maison Kitsune Logo Print Cotton Tote Bag $70.00
12. Noon Goons Mojave Faux Snakeskin Tote
Based in Los Angeles, Noon Goons is a premium style surf/skate/streetwear brand. The snakeskin print is made from a polyester blend and is easy to clean. This modern style tote bag is lined and can be used for commuting or overnight stays.
Buy: Noon Goons Mojave Faux Snakeskin Tote $188.00
13. Molly Goddard Tartan-Check Logo Tote Bag
British designer Molly Goddard is relatively new to the fashion scene, but her clothes have been worn in Kill Eve, on tons of celebrities and she rocked the menswear scene as well. Its branded cotton tote bag has an inside pocket for keys and things. Fill it with a few good books or a bag of coffee or two.
Buy: Molly Goddard Tartan-Check Logo Tote Bag $399.00
14. Want Les Essentials Austin Organic Canvas Tote Bag
Montreal-based company Want Les Essentials creates modern, minimalist designs using green products. Their organic tote bag has gussets on the side so it can expand into a huge square, ready to gobble up and hold anything from gym clothes to your weekly groceries. The tote bag also has an exterior zippered compartment to keep important items safe. It comes in black, navy or khaki.
Buy: Austin Want Les Essentials Organic Tote $206.95
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