The best tote bags on the high street

Melisha Kaur

Ah, the spacious tote. It’s the everyday bag that city babes can’t live without and essential for every season.

This spring, the timeless carry-all comes with plenty of on-trend finishes that will help lift your look – think elegant embroidery and striking metallics.

Here’s our guide to the most stylish tote bags on the high-street to suit every budget.

1. V by Very Large Tote Bag With Pom Pom Detail

Love them or hate them, pom-poms are here to stay. With sleek metallic finishes and a detachable keyring, this large tote is versatile enough to match with every outfit. It features a zip closure and inner slip pockets to keep everything organised. Use the shoulder strap for hands-free carrying or drape it over your arm using the top grab handles.

£32, Very, Buy it now

2. Oasis Maggie Tote Bag

If you’re the girl who crams her entire life into one bag, then the spacious yet stylish Maggie tote is for you. The slouchy and unstructured style is perfect for everyday wear, while its pale grey colour works well with this season’s pastel shades. In a soft faux leather finish, the bag is complete with a twin tassel charm that lends a playful touch.

£30, Oasis, Buy it now

3. Accessorize Poppy Embroidered Reversible Tote Bag

Embroidery is set to be huge this summer, and Accessorize’s leather-look tote is a good place to start. Its reversible design features an eye-catching floral adornment on one side and a classic striped pattern on the other. It’s impressively roomy inside, with enough space to fit hefty gadgets and daily essentials.

£32, Accessorize, Buy it now


4. Whistles Regent Soft Leather Tote Bag

The classic black tote is a tried-and-true companion that every girl needs in her accessory arsenal. From the London-based contemporary fashion label, Whistles, comes this sophisticated leather option, which offers plenty of room for work essentials such as large files. The design is complete with a branded ‘W’ key fob and a leather strap at the front.

£195, John Lewis, Buy it now

5. Mango Pebbled Tote Bag

If minimalism isn’t your thing, then this bold carry-all is right up your street. It boasts a sleek and stylish silhouette, with top grab handles and a small inner pocket for wallet-sized items. A great choice for bringing a splash of colour to dull outfits, its miniature size means it’s perfect for your off-duty capsule.

£35.99, Mango, Buy it now

6. Zara Silver-Toned Leather Cut Work Tote Bag

Show-stopping and incredibly versatile, metallics are also going nowhere this season. Zara’s roomy silver tote, created with laser-cut details, will help you ace nine-to-nine styling with ease. It features a soft contrasting interior, with a zip fastening and two long handles – so you can to wear it over your shoulder comfortably.

£79.99, Zara, Buy it now

7. Skinnydip Ariel Tote

In case you didn’t know, the delightful Skinnydip – best known for its quirky phone cases – has a range of delectable handbags that work for every day of the week. Grab this fabulously feminine tote from its collection, featuring two main compartments and an adjustable shoulder strap to cater to your busy days.

£35, Skinnydip London, Buy it now

VERDICT: Those shopping for a strict office wardrobe are best suited to the Whistles Regent Soft Leather Tote, while Accessorize’s Poppy Embroidered Reversible Tote Bag has the perfect balance of practical and stylish for both off-duty and casual work looks.

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