The Best Work Bags.

the best work bags | grace atwood, the stripe

One of the questions I get asked most is for recommendations for bags for the work. And a good work bag can be hard to find! I like a bag that’s big enough to stash gym clothes if need be; as well as a smaller clutch so that if you have plans you can ditch the larger bag at the office and take the smaller one out. As far as my own personal tried and true favorites I LOVE this chain strap tote (it’s so chic and the quality is amazing) as well as this zip top tote (my sister and I got one for my mom too, and this is also my go-to travel bag). Both are FAB but I wanted to round out the mix with a few more good options!

click the graphic above to shop, or…. DAAME Tote // Sezane Gaby Bag // Aqua Leather Tote // Cuyana Tote // J.Crew Signet Tote // Longchamp Canvas Tote // Madewell Transport Tote // Eddie Harrop Canvas Tote


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  1. I love a good tote to throw all my junk in for work! I like black bags in general since they work with any outfit, but the J.Crew tote you linked is calling out to me… ❤️

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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  2. Lisa:

    I have used the Daame lap top bag (the biggest size) for almost two years now. I travel almost every week for work and it still looks great (dare I say even better than when I first bought the bag) even after going through security, getting shoved under my seat on airplanes, and everyday use. Plus it’s so functional and keeps everything organized. Like you said the lining is amazing! Highly recommend.

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  3. Oooh, I love the looks of the Sezane Gaby!

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  4. I love that Sezane bag. Work totes can get so boring, but the chains on that one add the perfect amount of special detail. For anyone on the fence about the Longchamp, I’ve had mine forever and it still looks great still and fit s a lot of stuff. xAllie

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    • That’s why I love the Sezane one too! It’s just a little more special and interesting!

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  5. Okay, LOVING your recs!
    I was thinking about splurging on a Goyard as my go-to work tote, but now I’m totally reconsidering!

    The Champagne Edit

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  6. Boni:

    LOVE this post, i’ve been on the hunt for a great new tote bag for work that both fits my laptop and is professional/chic, but also not too simple! I ended up purchasing the Celine small cabas phantom–check it out! The ties add a little something and the bag can be used so many ways other than as a standard tote! I have used it a couple of weeks now and am obsessed!

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    • ooooh the celine is gorgeous! Wanted to keep this post a bit more affordable but LOVE!!!

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  7. Anne Fahlgren:

    I love Coach’s Mens line for work bags. I find they are a lot more functional with cleaner design than most women’s bag. I had a tote for a long time and just bought one of their backpacks.

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  8. Veronica Rogala:

    I love the Longchamp bag too! I was skeptical when i first got it in purple but now I want the pink too. And I probably will get the J.Crew and Gaby bags too!

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  9. Betsy:

    I’ve been debating my new work tote for weeks but I’m finally pulling the trigger on the Cuyana one – thanks!

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  10. Olivia:

    Gaby Bag is beautiful!!! But recently i found this new brand Millenny and their Brera tote is pretty amazing. love it. Instead of one you get 3. As it has detachable laptop sleeve and wallet in it. You should check it out. Its my favorite now:) Super practical and matches everything, which was a big issue for me.

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