When you don’t have the luxury of driving everywhere and stashing everyday extras in the trunk of a car, tote bags inevitably become a girl’s best friend. Chic wristlets, clutches, and mini crossbody pocketbooks may be a New Yorker’s handbag of choice for nights out on the town, but great tote bags will always reign supreme during the day. Cell phones, makeup, day planners, water bottles, and walking shoes are only a few daily essentials women need to take with them when going about their busy days. Whether you’re the type to splurge or save when it comes to some of the best tote bags, these three options are perfect for schlepping your stuff around NYC.
Splurge Tote Bag: Tumi Valerie Business Tote $434.99
This classic tote bag by Tumi was made for the ultimate New York City businesswoman. Professional enough for an executive office, stylish enough for after-work cocktails, and large enough to use as a carryon for jet-setting, it’s an investment piece that’s sure to last through years of everyday use. This style has interior zips with separate pockets for your laptop, cell phone, and jewelry, so your belongings won’t be sloshing around while you’re on the go. Bonus: The Tumi tote bag is water-resistant, so it’s easy to wipe clean and dry. Similar tote bag here.
Mid-Range Tote Bag: Lole Lily Bag $98
If you’re the type who likes to head to the gym after a full day at work, then you absolutely need Lole’s Lily Bag. Sturdy, roomy, and made for active women, this tote easily adjusts to become a backpack for those times when you’re carrying an extra heavy load (plus, it’s much healthier for your spine). The Lily bag features several compartments for your water bottle and yoga mat, detachable pockets, a padded pocket for laptops, and a separate shoe bag.
Save Tote Bag: Uniqlo Mickey Travels Tote Bag $9.90
We all need an easy, practical tote for those menial errands around NYC, and Etsy offers some of the best affordable tote bags that you can toss around in your closet. This polyester bag from Monogram Express is ideal for a day bag, overnight bag, or even a weekend bag.
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