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The 10 Best Tote Bags

The Best Totes to take you from work to weekend (or mom on the go!)

When it comes to finding the perfect tote, it almost sounds like finding a needle in a haystack of that beloved unicorn. We all have so many parameters that make that “perfect tote,” well… perfect. If you’re on the hunt for the best tote bag to solve all of your needs, look no further. I’m sharing the 10 best options — based on feedback from the Savvy Squad Facebook group, my personal intel and from lots of asking around!

So what makes a great tote? Since the goal of most totes is to be able to tote around lots of stuff, I suggest looking for one that’s durable (either a leather, nylon or substantial canvas), has comfortable straps, is not too heavy, and bonus if it has at least one or two internal pockets.

Confession: I know so many women love their Louis Vuitton neverfull but I have to tell you that I don’t love mine. The straps are too thin and I realized it was causing neck and shoulder pain (even though I don’t carry around a lot). I love the look of it, but when it comes to quality and value, opt for one of these, hands down.

So here are the top 10 best tote bags for work to weekend. I have the top right canvas (on sale!) and in my eyes, Madewell can do no wrong. I equally love its leather version at the top left. Everyone in our FB group raved about MZ Wallace bags (indestructible & last forever!), and I’m eyeing that pink Rebecca Minkoff after seeing someone use it as a great travel bag (where a zipper is helpful). At the same time, Everlane and Cuyana are emerging brands known for quality at a fair price; this Cuyana wallet is on my holiday wish list.

Keep reading for where to find each tote, plus more options if you have something else in mind. Be sure to click through if you like the style; many are available in other colors and prints.

The 10 Best Tote Bags featured by top Florida fashion blog The Modern Savvy

Madewell // Madewell

Everlane // MZ Wallace

Rebecca Minkoff // VR by Violet Ray (under $40!)

Steve Madden // Street Level (known for its faux leather purses)

Cuyana (monogramming available) // French Connection




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    Mary White
    March 7, 2021 at 1:27 PM

    I liked second one. it is beautiful. also its color is so cute.

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    Denise Thornton
    March 1, 2021 at 9:39 PM

    Your selection of totes is great. I like the Madewell brand. Thanks for your blog.

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    Gauge Outfitters
    November 10, 2020 at 4:27 AM

    Love The nice bag design you have.

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    November 4, 2020 at 4:06 AM

    Omg! I really love this quilted tote bag. I used the Gemline 1100 zippered tote bag but after seeing these top 10 bags I thought I’ll buy one more tote for my office use.

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    anna chinn
    October 27, 2020 at 5:32 AM

    i love this tot bags blog , thanks for sharing , want more from you.

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    August 18, 2020 at 1:14 AM

    I love the nformation that you have shared about Tote handbags as they are trending nowadays. With the proper information, people can easily understand the different types of Tote and their uses!!

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    November 4, 2018 at 11:40 PM

    These are really lovely picks dear. Can’t go wrong with any of these bags.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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    November 2, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    Omg I am obsessed with Madewell totes! I have The Transport, and I use it all the time! And that Rebecca Minkoff one is so cute!


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    Shira Rosenbluth
    October 29, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    I love the quilted MZ Wallace one!


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    Kimberly Smith
    October 29, 2018 at 6:57 AM

    That camo tote is on my wish list – love!!

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