You know what’s better than your handbag?
Yup, a Tote handbag.
Hassle-free to carry, the best women tote handbags have the looks to let you take them with you to the office. They have spacious designs, with the majority offering separate storage compartments to house your keys, smartphones or other essentials.
What’s more, you could even turn their durable handles into shoulder straps to turn them into a fashion statement. Then there’s the technology factor; with the latest designer tote handbags letting you charge your electronic items on the go.
Don’t know where to find them? Our picks have got you covered.
For those of you who want their tote to hold more than just the essentials – and also want it to be durable, the slightly expensive Genuine Leather Tote is your best bet. Made from 100% leather, it is a covetable bag whose shine will keep you looking polished throughout the day.
The design of this best women tote handbag is such that you can wear it with both formal and casual attire. What’s more, you can choose from either its red or brown colored options. This bag has also done away with pesky zippers, though its snug pocket will keep your smartphone safe.
During our research, we found that you could fit possibly every essential which you may need during the day inside this tote. Besides the essentials like phone, keys, and a wallet, you can slid in your laptop, a change of shoes, and even a sweater. And its straps won’t give way, and you can widen them to accommodate your shoulder size as well.
- Customizable straps
- Huge storage space
- Gives off a polished look throughout the day
- Specially designed pocket for smartphone
- Only two color options
If you belong to that rare category of enthusiasts which cherishes genuine leather, the Jack&Chris Tote is a must-have. Made of cowhide leather, this bag provides two storage options: the bag itself as well as a detachable pouch, which we found large enough to house books, a couple of big-sized wallets, and even a lunch box.
Equally important is the ability of this bag to blend with every occasion. That is due to its dark brown color which provides this tote a premium look. What’s more, since its leather is grained, it would become glossier after some time of using, hence adding to the tote’s appeal.
More importantly, since this bag comes with a lace lock, you could securely close its inlet to prevent your essentials from falling out. Also, if you are going to the office and want the company of your laptop, just detach this bag’s inner pouch, and it would hold up to 15’’ laptop.
Lastly, to add to this bag’s persona, its manufacturer has deliberately left some scratches on its outer surface. If you don’t like them, you could wipe them away with a leather conditioner.
- Made of cowhide leather
- Includes a detachable inner pouch in the package
- Can store a 15’’ laptop
- No pocket for smartphone or keys
Some of us keep adding stuff to our bag throughout the day and therefore are always short of room. If you think you belong to this category, the Michael Kors Jet Set is the bag for you. While it is spacious enough on its own, this bag increases its storage space by providing a plethora of pockets.
Take, for instance, its two back slit pockets. You could store anything be it your smartphone, notepad or even a book here. Look inside it, and you’d find four open and one zip pocket to make sure your keys never get buried again in the bottom corner of your tote.
The fact that the Jet Set is available only in Saffiano leather imparts has two unique benefits. First, this leather is known for keeping its shape for years, so you won’t have to worry about the Jet Set losing its compactness anytime soon.
Also, it’s brilliantly hardwearing. And while its leather may not look as luxurious as that of cowhide, it has enough mettle to withstand the abuse of time.
- Large number of interior and exterior pockets
- Comes in a variety of colors
- Saffiano Leather retains the bag’s shape for years
- Has a practical shoulder strap
For those of you who are after a good-looking, all-purpose canvas bag, we recommend the Baggu Duck bag. Its deeper-than-average body size allows the Baggy to accommodate extra-large or awkwardly shaped objects.
It’s stain-resistant and durable, with a hardy canvas which will only become soft and pliable over time. That means that this bag can withstand lots of abuse. And it won’t do the same at the cost of major rips or thin spots. Instead, even after using it for many users, most of its users are hauling Baggu for hauling multi-pound objects.
The best thing about Baggu is its depth and circumference. Other bags, when you put in more weight on them than their capacity, stretch vertically. Baggu, due to its flexible side seams and a bucket bottom, expands side-wise, which means it can haul more items than most other totes.
- Bucket bottom allows it to accommodate more items
- Stain-resistant and durable
- Can hold awkwardly shaped objects
- Deeper-than-average body
- Doesn’t have a large number of pockets
If the outback utilitarian style isn’t what you’re looking for, the Timbuk2 Bourbon with its more refined, office-friendly look should enamor you. While it won’t store the world, you’d still be able to pack a late-night grocery itinerary in this bag.
It doesn’t have the rugged leathery look which most totes boast. In its place, Timbuk2 has gone for the smoother, more refined leather. Another slick feature of this bag is its magnetic closure mechanism. Instead of going after the zipper, Timbuk2 has provided this bag with four built-in magnets.
These magnets are located at each handle’s base to hold the main component together. You could also slip your MacBook or a lightweight laptop inside the Timbuk2, for it has a padded laptop sleeve secured with a magnetic flap. You get similar pockets for your headphones, keys, and phone.
Similarly, you get two bigger pockets on the front, though you don’t get the magnetic flap here. Instead, what you get is a leather flap with closures which are a cinch to open and close, though it may take time getting used to them.
- Pockets secured with built-in magnets
- Sleek, polished look
- Separate pouch for laptop
- Detachable shoulder strap
- Some customers have complaints about the durability of the buckles
The Michael Kors Women’s Bedford has been a staple in the company’s range for the past couple of years. A timeless zip tote bag, it has a top closure secured with a zipper, it also features to considerable length, adjustable shoulder straps to complement your shoulder size.
What’s more, while most toes in the market rest in your arm’s crook, the design of the Bedford allows you to carry it comfortably on your shoulders. And if you want, you can tuck it neatly under your arm to keep the bag safe and nice against your body.
Peek inside, and you’d see a generous main compartment punctuated with loads of storage pockets to keep your items organized. There’s a large central zip-pocket where you can keep your laptop or a large-sized book, a cell phone pocket on one side and three open pockets on the other.
There’s also a key fob which allows you to hang your keys on its sturdy clasp, so that you just have to follow the chain to find them later on.
- Has a key fob
- Four exterior pockets
- Adjustable top handles
- Zipper top closure
- Isn’t 100 percent Leather
Made with a combo of textured faux snakeskin and vegan leather, the BfB Work Tote is sturdy and durable. It has handles which are not only adjustable but also have extra stitching and webbing to make them last long.
The Wore Tote comes with a detachable crossbody strap. Inside the bag are two compartments – separated by a large central pocket. The bigger one has 3 slip pockets, which you can secure by the zipping up the main compartment.
The back section of this bag is padded and has enough space to accommodate a 13’’ laptop. However, if your laptop has a small size, there’s no strap to prevent it from shifting. On the plus side, if your laptop is smaller than 13’’, there would be enough space for its mouse and charger in the compartment.
Finally, the front section of the bag has 3 slip pockets, one main zipper, and a detachable key clip. That’s right, all you need to do is to hang your keys there, with the result that you will be able to find them quickly without digging to the bottom of the tote.
- 3 Zippered compartments
- Back compartment can accommodate a 13’’ laptop
- Detachable key clip
- Adjustable and sturdy handles
- Laptop holder has no clip
Despite the fact that it weighs only 1.5 pounds, the Jordyn Tote has enough space to accommodate a 15.6’’ laptop. There’s more space, as its inside has dedicated pocket for your iPad and the exterior of the back has a front phone pocket.
In case you are wondering, your phone won’t fall out of the front, as Samsonite has provided a strap to secure it. Still, there would be enough space for a couple of notebooks, reading glasses, cords, and even a charger inside the Jordyn.
The only drawback which we noticed about the Jordyn was its straps. For, in contrast to flat straps which are common these days, Samsonite has opted for rounded straps. That may feel uncomfortable to some users.
- Enough space for 15.6’’ laptop
- Two large-sized compartments
- Zippered inner pocket for phone
- Straps are flat
The Kipling Johanna Solid Tote is an extremely functional bag. You can place it on your suitcase – as its two straps will fit over the handle of your telescoping luggage. Or, if you want, you can wear it across your body, as it features a crossbody non-removable strap.
What’s more, since the distance between the bag’s top and the top of the shorter straps is about 7’’, you can also carry it on your shoulder. It has several pockets and compartments, which means you can easily organize your items.
The central component of the Kipling Johanna is also its biggest and contains 3 slip pockets and 1 zipper pocket. Come outside, and you’d get 4 pockets on the front of the tote. The positioning of the front pockets is such that they will always remain in front of your eyes, hence adding an extra layer of security
- Four exterior pockets
- Zipper closure
- Non-removable crossbody strap
- Can carry it on your shoulder
- The strap isn’t detachable
If you’re looking for a tote which is ideal for work or business trips, you simply cannot miss the Le Donne Laptop toe. It provides plenty of storage options to house a laptop, tablet, couple of notebooks, chargers, cords, and other small items.
To provide protection to your laptop from scratches, this tote has a padded computer sleeve in the middle which can accommodate up to 15.6’’ laptops. The main compartment has 1 wide inner pocket secured with a zipper and several smaller slip pockets. in the middle which can accommodate up to 15.6’’ laptops.
Finally, Le Donne has provided it with 4 sturdy metal feet which not only stabilize it but also prevent the soft leather fabric of the tote from coming in direct contact with table or floor.
- Leather Made
- Zipper Closure
- Separate pen and business card holders
- 3 Quick Access Pockets