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25 Functional + Stylish Tote Bags

I love tote bags but they aren’t always practical. I’ve been looking for some pretty tote bags that are also functional. Below are some of my favorites. Some are classic leather and others have pretty patterns or hand-drawn and printed designs and fabrics. It’s difficult to decide, though I am pretty partial to the “C” initial tote from paper artist, Rob Ryan! Which one is your favorite?


  • Quote Studio Bag 1 of 25
    Quote Studio Bag
    This darling blue and red bag is made from canvas and leather and features striped fabric at the top. It looks good year round.
    Buy this for $88 at Quote Shop
  • Striped Tote 2 of 25
    Striped Tote
    Pair this striped tote with a T-shirt and jeans to take everyday outfits up a notch. Bonus: It's made of organic cotton!
    Buy this for $49 at Rib & Hull
  • Dotted Tote 3 of 25
    Dotted Tote
    Made of a combination of cotton and leather, this darling tote looks good with a flowy dress or a sweater and skinny jeans.
    More info at Rennes
  • Linen and Leather Tote 4 of 25
    Linen and Leather Tote
    This leather tote is lined in natural linen.
    Buy for $280 at Rennes
  • Riley Tote 5 of 25
    Riley Tote
    I love the Belgian linen in the grid pattern featured on this tote.
    Buy for $210 at Rennes
  • Rope + Linen Tote 6 of 25
    Rope + Linen Tote
    This tote is made in Japan and features a rope handle.
    Buy for $120 at Asaborake
  • Plum Tote 7 of 25
    Plum Tote
    Handmade in Portland by Sara Barner, this tote features calfskin suede and leather.
    Buy for $420 at Sara Barner
  • Square Tote 8 of 25
    Square Tote
    This square-shaped tote is the perfect way to haul books and a laptop.
    Buy for $894 at Postalco
  • Monogram Tote 9 of 25
    Monogram Tote
    This gorgeous leather tote can be personalized with a monogram.
    Buy for $168 at Madewell
  • French Linen Tote 10 of 25
    French Linen Tote
    Haul toys or little books in this sweet little French linen tote.
    Buy for $48 at Alder & Co.
  • Rob Ryan Alphabet Bag 11 of 25
    Rob Ryan Alphabet Bag
    Featuring work by the amazing paper artist, Rob Ryan, these alphabet totes make great gifts!
    Buy for $25 at Alphabet Bags
  • Canvas Bag 12 of 25
    Canvas Bag
    I love the white top stitching on this canvas bag, made in Japan.
    Buy for $143 at Bag N Noun
  • Dot Tote 13 of 25
    Dot Tote
    This canvas tote features a giant leather dot on the bottom. Clever!
    Buy for $150 at Abby Meadow
  • Navy Blue Tote 14 of 25
    Navy Blue Tote
    This sturdy navy blue leather tote makes a great everyday bag.
    Buy for $90 at Leah Lerner
  • British Guard Tote 15 of 25
    British Guard Tote
    This waterproof, oilcloth tote is a perfect bag for moms who have to haul bottles, toys and diapers. Plus, the British guard pattern is quirky and fun!
    Buy for £18 at Cath Kidston
  • Hedgehog Tote 16 of 25
    Hedgehog Tote
    This canvas tote features an adorable hedgehog!
    Buy for $16 at Square Paisley Design
  • Waxed Denim Bag 17 of 25
    Waxed Denim Bag
    Carry this waxed denim bag with a red sweater and jeans for a cute and colorful look.
    Buy for $99 at Spartan
  • Brown Leather Tote 18 of 25
    Brown Leather Tote
    This classic tote bag will go with any outfit!
    Buy for $144 at Fine Little Day
  • Waxed Canvas Bag 19 of 25
    Waxed Canvas Bag
    This charming waxed canvas bag is a great way to carry small loads of groceries.
    Buy for $325 at Brook Farm General Store
  • Matte Black Tote 20 of 25
    Matte Black Tote
    This giant black bag is a must-have for anyone who tends to haul a lot of stuff around all the time (like me!).
    Buy for $285 at Hidden Gem Studio
  • Sunflower Tote 21 of 25
    Sunflower Tote
    Normally sunflowers have too much of a scary '90s association for me but this design is so lovely!
    Buy for $25 at Leah Goren
  • Bandana Print Tote 22 of 25
    Bandana Print Tote
    This hand-printed bandana tote looks cute with any outfit.
    Buy for $20 at Leah Goren
  • Rain Pattern Tote 23 of 25
    Rain Pattern Tote
    This gorgeous tote is plenty of room and features a gorgeous woven linen fabric and waxed canvas bottom.
    Buy for $85 at Bookhou
  • Striped Tote 24 of 25
    Striped Tote
    This adorable ticking bag is made from recycled fabrics.
    Buy for $150, find similar bags at Forest Bound
  • Lines Tote 25 of 25
    Lines Tote
    I love the minimal, modern design on this tote.
    Buy for $20 at Pawling

Top photo: Hidden Gem Studio. All other photos from respective sources.

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