10 handbags, totes, and backpacks for every occasion
All the practical, cute, and sexy bags for holding your essentials during work, play, travel and beyond
words Sophie Lou Wilson
We get it. Finding a versatile bag that looks good and fits everything you need inside it is a struggle. But, despite what you may hear, you don’t have to sacrifice fashion for function. The right bag can make or break a look. So whether you’re looking for a roomy tote to shove literally everything you own into or a backpack that’ll stand the test of time, we’ve selected 10 of the best bags for every occasion, from investment It bags to trusty totes.
THE NEW IT BAG
Le Cagole Shoulder Bag
The definition of a cool girl bag. Balenciaga’s Le Cagole handbag counts Bella Hadid, Julia Fox and Dua Lipa among its fans. Boasting a Y2K silhouette and statement hardware details, it comes in a range of hues, including pastels, metallics and this standout fluorescent shade that’s owned by Euphoria’s Alexa Demie. Wear with all black for an easy, futuristic look that works for night or day.
Pink and Red Knitted Backpack
Why the straight face? This soft knitted bag from Acne might depict the brand’s indifferent mascot, but this pink and red check backpack is worth smiling about. Crafted from soft wool, it has adjustable straps for light, relaxed comfort. Perfect for impromptu picnics and days out at the beach.
Bayfield Organic Cotton Tote Bag
If you’re into Carharrt’s workwear aesthetic, then you’ll love this canvas tote. It’s made from eco-friendly organic cotton in the brand’s iconic Dearborn canvas, made to match their signature jackets and trousers. It’s also roomy enough to fit picnic blankets, skateboard helmets, packed lunches or whatever else you might need to carry. But don’t worry, the front pocket and inside zip pocket are the perfect size for storing essentials so you won’t get stuck outside your front door feeling around for your keys at the bottom of the bag. This bag will do the heavy lifting for you.
Monogram Baguette Bag
It’s not a bag, it’s a baguette! Bold and geometric, this sleek rounded shoulder bag taps into two of fashion’s favourite decades, transposing a retro 60s-inspired pattern onto a classic 90s silhouette. Fill its roomy main compartment with your night out essentials or wear in the day when it’s time to go for a little coffee and little treat.
Simpson Print Belt Bag
Inspired by everyone’s fave animated yellow family, Herschel Supply Co’s Simpsons collection puts the fun in functional. The Canadian brand specialises in travel accessories so this Bart Simpson bum bag is made with quality and practicality in mind. The playful piece is a staple for travelling, days out, festivals, and more.
OVER THE RAINBOW
Striped Knitted Shopper
Brighten your day with this rainbow stripe basket bag. The versatile shopper gets a vibrant update courtesy of JW Anderson. Crafted from colourful cotton yarn and finished with a chunky metal JW anchor motif, take yours to the shops, on weekends away or to go from work to the pub and beyond.
Cotton Canvas Tote Bag
The perfect gym bag. This canvas tote from OG cool girl Emily Oberg’s Sporty and Rich label can fit all your workout essentials. Pack your water, snack, trainers and change of clothes so there’s no excuse for skipping leg day. Now go get those gains.
RUN RUN RUN
A tote that works for pretty much everyone. Functional and understated, this Gramicci tote is crafted from 100% cotton. Everyone needs a tote they can trust and this one goes with everything. So when you’re busy and need a bag you can grab without thinking before rushing out the door, make this your new go-to.