now more than Once upon a time, people had mixed jobs that took them from home to the office to the corner coffee shop. Even if you work from home permanently, you sometimes need to go out and take your trash with you. Backpacks can do the trick, but some of us want bags that look as good as our clothes. That’s where a good work bag or purse comes in.
Whatever your needs or style, we’ve got options you’ll love. These totes aren’t the thin, pocketless bags we all seem to be accumulating. We tried bags that made organizing easier and that could withstand the elements and normal wear and tear that life brings.
If you’re more of a backpack or messenger bag, we’ve got those guides too, as well as our favorite roundup of all bag types made from recycled materials.
Update June 2022: We’ve added recyclable oversized suspenders from Cuyana, briefcase options from Stuart & Lau, and some honorable mentions.
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