It’s not easy to find an appropriate option for carrying daily essentials. Purses are too small and backpacks feel inferior, probably because they are designed for hiking or school children. While some backpacks do a decent job balancing style and convenience, such as the Timbuk2 Walker Laptop Backpack or the Nomad by Tess Johnson, I prefer a tote.
The Sydney Tote is simple and spacious, making it versatile for both a work and weekend bag. Plus the card slots on the inside pocket replace the need for a wallet.
While still versatile, the Sydney Work Bag is specifically designed to fit a laptop. It too has card slots, along with a number of compartments to keep everything organized.
What makes a leather tote even better is when it’s colored, such as The Artisan Pocket Tote from Frye in burnt red. This bag includes a 9″ drop strap and two outside pockets for quick and easy access to essential items.
Another favorite is the Cedar Street Lewis from Kate Spade. This bag is perfectly stylish with the structure and cool gray color. Although it only has one inside pouch, the large size (14″h x 15″w x 7″d) makes it great for carrying bulky items.
My current go-to bag is the Kelly Beth from Soul Carrier. Not only is it spacious and chic, it doesn’t cause shoulder pain thanks to the wide straps that help distribute weight. Learn more about the Kelly Beth in our full review and designer profile.
Do you have a favorite work bag, backpack or tote? Let’s know in the comments below!