annabel ingall large isabella | kate spade rainn tote | longchamp le pliage | madewell medium transport tote | tory burch ella
I've used a tote bag to carry schoolwork and life necessities all through middle school, high school, college, and now in my post-grad life. I was never one to carry a backpack (except in my monogrammed black North Face backpack phase my sophomore and junior year of college), and let's be real - tote bags are just so much cuter.
While the bags I like are (of course) more expensive (hi Annabel Ingall), you literally cannot go wrong with a Longchamp tote. I like the large size - it's the standard size that you see every sorority girl carrying around campus. Black is the basic, navy is for the preps, but tan and light pink are great if you want to stray from the leather-strapped masses.
I used the Tory Burch Ella Tote for two straight years, and I'm sorry to say that I actually wore it out. Like, it fell apart. I'm disappointed that it couldn't keep up with the whirling dervish that is Hannah Holliday, but it did the job while it was still in one piece.
Besides the Annabell Ingall Isabella tote, the Tory bag is my favorite tote bag of all time. It's black, so automatic win, but the patent leather really adds the extra special touch of Tory chic. The more I write about it, the more I miss it.
Madewell's Transport tote is the basic leather bag that's big enough to carry all your junk, while still plain enough that it won't clash with your daily outfits. I prefer the tan leather (the one time I'll stray from a black bag), and it comes with a shoulder strap for added support.
What tote bag do y'all use to bring to work?