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15 best tote bags for 2022: the essential all-purpose bag you need in your wardrobe

The essential bag for every occasion as life returns to normal

Is there anything more versatile than a tote bag? Whether you’re heading to the shops, throwing in your laptop to go to the office or packing your gym kit for a workout session, there’s room for everything you need, plus extra handy pockets to store your valuables.

These roomy bags are an essential as life gets back to normal and we’re all heading out more – but there are so many to choose from. To help you find the best one for your needs, we’ve rounded up the best you can buy online in 2022 from designer to high street – just keep scrolling.

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Best designer tote bags for women 2022

Le Pliage original shoulder bag L, £90 / $145 Longchamp

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Size: 30cm x 31cm x 19cm

No tote bag round-up would be complete without Longchamp. Their classic medium-sized canvas totes are available in a rainbow of colours and are built to last. For UK customers, they're currently reduced in the January sale so hurry to grab a bargain. Kate Middleton loves these totes, and if it's good enough for Kate...

Marc Jacobs The tote canvas tote bag, £200, Selfridges

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Size: 34cm x 42cm x 16cm

This sizeable sleek canvas tote has a zip closure, twin top handles and an interior zip pocket to keep your valuables safe.

Michael Kors Sullivan logo-monogram tote bag, £224 was £339, Farfetch

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The freshly launched Sullivan logo-monogram tote bag from Michael Kors is seriously chic! It features good hardware and a drawstring close

Essential tote, £275, Aspinal

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Size: 34cm x 36cm x 12cm

Kate Middleton's favourite handbag brand, Aspinal, has the chicest collection of leather totes. Their Essential tote is available in plenty of colours, including navy, tan, cherry red and the cheeriest marmalade orange and roomy enough for your essentials - it's big enough to hold an iPad Pro 12.9. Plus, you can have it monogrammed free of charge.

All day large tote, £250, Kate Spade

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Size: 28cm x 38cm x 14cm

If you’re after a roomy leather tote, Kate Spade’s offering is fab. You’ll be surprised at the amount of things you can fit in this chic tote bag – which comes with a pouch for you to store your valuables. It’s available in some lovely vibrant shades like orchid pink and yucca green, as well as classic black and powder pink.

Best premium high street tote bags

Oppose shopper tote, £25, AllSaints

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Size: 30cm x 35cm x 40cm

AllSaints' super spacious denim look shopper has a trendy 90s vibe. It's billed as a men's tote but we're liking it for us. Don't be surprised if your man steals it though!

Pascale quilted studded tote, £147 was £295, Ted Baker

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Size: 45cm x 35cm x 13.5cm

Ted Baker’s freshly launched quilted tote bag is big on space, and big on style too. It’ll certainly get you noticed. It has a spacious inner pocket and is perfect to take you from day to night.

Brompton leather tote, £199, Antler

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Size: 44cm x 43cm x 10cm

Made from the highest quality full-grain leather, Antler's new Brompton tote will really last you. It features oversized straps and is deliberately unstructured for a casual, slouchy look. Need it for work? There's space for a 16-inch laptop inside and it includes a magnetic fastening.

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Best high street tote bags

Leather Woven Tote Bag, £109, M&S

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Marks & Spencer's great woven leather tote features plenty of space inside, including a secure zipped internal pocket to keep your valuables safe. It's available in black or tan.

The Do-It-All Tote, £32 was £63, Everlane

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Size: 36.8 x 13 x 26.7cm

Everlane's Do-It-All Tote definitely lives up to its name with room enough for all your day-out essentials, plus a strap you can set over your shoulder or wear as a crossbody. Its durable knit fabric is machine washable and made from renewed plastic bottles so it ticks those important eco cred boxes.

faux fur tote, £24.99 / $34.99, H&M

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We also love H&M’s just landed faux fur shopper. Fluffy totes are going to be everywhere at the start of 2022, so get ahead of the trend with this cute blush coloured arm candy.

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Best weekend tote bags

Weekend travel bag, £345, Zulucow

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Size: 30cm x 45cm x 28cm

This luxe travel bag is a real statement piece. It's made from butter-soft leather and Nguni cowhide, which is sustainably sourced and hand-crafted by a group of talented artisans in South Africa. If you snap one up, you'll be helping create sustainable employment opportunities and skills development in rural areas. Each is one of a kind (check the Zulucow web to see all the styles and patterns available), but all feature soft clutch handles and an adjustable shoulder strap, so you can carry it a multitude of ways. There's also soft suede-leather lining with removable stiff natural suede bottom panel for structure and It has large, leather-lined outside zip pockets on each end. More than enough room for all your weekend essentials!

Weekend bag, £39 / $59.99, H&M

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Size: 22cm x 31cm x 48cm

H&M’s travel tote looks like it’s a spenny one, but it’s actually a bargainous 39 quid! Perfect for weekend trip – it features a detachable shoulder strap, zip closing, twin handles and studs on the bottom

Best sporty tote bags

Vintage airliner shopper lux bag, was £43 now £34.30, Adidas

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Whether you actually use this tote to go to the gym is up to you – we think it’s so special you’ll want to use it as a bag for all your everyday needs. It’s made from lenticular material, meaning the colour changes with the light.

 

Side-Cinch Shopper Bag, £44 / $54, Lululemon

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Size: 42cm x 13cm x 38cm

Available in black, white or gold spice, Lululemon’s tote bag is spacious durable and water resistant – plus it has a handy phone pocket to help you keep organised.

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