20 Best Oversized Tote Bags That Can Carry Everything You Need
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20 Best Oversized Tote Bags That Can Carry Everything You Need

Mar 18, 2024

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Elegant over-the-shoulders styles that you can rely on for commuting, running errands, date nights, and beyond.

I am of the strong belief that one can never have too many totes bags. Be it a leather, canvas, or an investment designer piece—every kind of tote style is a workhorse. And while, yes, bigger bags have been the trend du jour as of late, I'd argue that oversized totes, in general, never actually went out of style in the first place because how convenient they are for our day-to-day lives. Whether you're commuting to work, heading to the Pilates studio, picking up fruits and veggies from the local farmers market, or traveling abroad this summer, a good tote is designed to be both functional and fashionable, and most importantly, big enough to carry it all. And I really mean all—your wallet, book, water bottle, laptop, an extra pair of gym clothes.

From seasonless everywhere-anywhere purses that go from office to date night with ease, to airy and effortless straw options for tropical escapes, here you'll find 20 of the best oversized tote bags that you'll want to throw over your shoulders for years to come.

If it's classic you want, then it's classic you'll get with Mansur Gavriel's aptly-named tote. What you can expect is a sturdy yet soft leather bag that's ridiculously roomy and perfect for everything on your agenda, whether you're running errands, heading to the office, or going on an overnight trip.

Material: Leather

Dimensions: 21.5"W x 11.8"H x 9"D

For those days when you have to head to a fancy event straight after work without time to change, consider this elegant do-it-all option that can be carried as a tote but can also convert into a slightly oversized fold-over clutch. Just to give you an idea of how convenient it is... T&C's Deputy Digital Lifestyle Editor Roxanne Adamiyatt is a fan and says "it is beyond!"

Material: Italian Nappa Leather

Dimensions: 12"L x 16"W x 6"D

Now here's an oversized tote that was designed to be dressed up and down with ease. Crafted of buttery soft calfskin suede, the sculpture style pairs equally as well with jeans and tee as it does with a maxi dress and knee-high leather boots. In other words, it's a bag that is sure to get tons of mileage in your year-round wardrobe.

Material: 100% Calfskin Suede

Dimensions: 16"W x 16"H x 9.6"D

Demellier takes your ordinary oversized tote bag and zhuzhes it up with a sleek trapezoidal silhouette that looks effortless over your shoulders or in the crook of your arms. Whether you wear it to a breakfast meeting or for dinner date, it's a one-of-a-kind style that will surely have people asking you about it.

Material: Leather

Dimensions: 22.8"W x 10.7"H x 5.5"D

To my knowledge, three T&C editors have this Cuyana tote (including me). It's crafted from buttery soft leather, has a slightly slouchy structure that can carry everything under the sun, and I capital L love that it has a zipper closure for extra security. T&C's Roxanne Adamiyatt says, "I also adore that I can carry this bag when I need a bit of polish, but it's not too casual to carry to, say, the office. It's a wear with anything situation and I'm very much here for it."Material: Leather

Dimensions: 12.3"H x 21.6"W x 5.1"D

A structured silhouette with a roomy main compartment and sturdy handles makes this the perfect oversized tote for carrying all of your daily necessities. It also comes in micro, mini, and medium sizes, and many seasonless colors that will never go out of style. Get yours monogrammed for a bespoke touch.

Material: Italian Leather

Dimensions: 12.9"H x 15.9"W x 6.9"D

Naghedi's oversized neoprene tote will quickly become your No. 1 companion on beachy getaways. It's stretchy, weaved construction holds a ton and no matter how much you store inside, it never feels heavy. It also comes with a matching pouch that I love using as a clutch for evening events. And if you really want to get even more use out of the bag, pro tip: I use mine as a personal item bag when traveling since it fits perfectly under the seat ahead of me.

Material: Handwoven Neoprene

Dimensions: 12"H x 22"W x 8"D

Meet Dior's latest It-bag of the season. Unveiled during Spring-Summer 2023, the leather carrier is crafted in black calfskin with the fashion house's iconic Macrocannage topstitching and boasts an elegant silhouette with an incredibly spacious interior and matching pouch for smaller essentials. The style is also available in a medium and small size, and camel and ecru colorways.

Material: Leather

Dimensions: 14.5"W x 8"D x 11"H

This jumbo MZ Wallace tote was made for travel. Not only does it fit everything you could possibly need for the plane, but it feels super weightless at the same time and won't ever dig into your shoulders.

Material: REC Oxford

Dimensions: 11.60"L × 9.40"W × 12.70"H

A little bit shopper, a little bit tote, this supersized purse will come in handy when you need extra storage and space.

Material: Semi-Veg Tanned Calf Leather

Dimensions: 26"H x 20"W x 6"D

The OG of canvas tote bags. Crafted in heavy duty cotton canvas, the iconic Boat and Tote can hold up to a whopping 500 pounds of goods and is perfect for grocery shopping, the beach, commuting, and beyond.

Material: Cotton Canvas

Dimensions: 17"H x 19"W x 10"D

You won't find a more durable option than the Longchamp Le Pliage. I've carried mine around the world for over a decade and it still looks as good as new. After all these years, it still amazes me how much I can cram inside without it feeling like a ton on my shoulders. It's a well-worth an investment that will last you for years to come.

Material: Recycled Polyamide Canvas

Dimensions: 12.2"L x 11.8"H) x 7.5"W

Elegant doesn't even begin to cut it with this supersized Ralph Lauren. Between the luxe croc details and irresistible chocolate hue, this geometric-shaped bag is one you'll want to carry with you everywhere and anywhere forever.

Material: Leather

Dimensions: 13"H x 24"L x 9¾"D

Saint Laurent's maxi tote has quickly catapulted to It-girl stardom due to its luxe mega-sized silhouette and Mary Poppins-like interior. Angelina Jolie, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Zoë Kravitz are just a few famous fans.

Material: Lamb Leather

Dimensions: 22.5"W x 14"H x 3"D

If you're headed somewhere tropical, make sure to take this easy, breezy crochet tote. It's packable, lightweight, and will look so damn chic slung over your shoulders with a billowing caftan and strappy sandals.

Materials: Straw/Wicker

Dimensions: 40cm W x 34cm H x 16cm L

The pared-back tall silhouette, the slightly slouchy structure, the bucket-like strap... this spacious tote is the epitome of quiet luxury.

Material: Leather

Dimensions: 16.9"W x 13.6"H x 8.7"D

Carrying a tote in an unexpected shape is one way to stand out in a sea of typical oversized bags. You can even hide the straps and turn it into an oversized evening bag for fancier occasions.

Material: Nappa Calf

Dimensions: 17.6"W x 13.6"H x 8.5"D

Sometimes you need a no-frills kind-of-tote that you can rely on for everything on your agenda. This lightweight and durable leather option from Madewell is exactly that tote.

Material: Leather

Dimensions: 12"H x 23"W x 8 1/2"D

Take your office style up a notch with this boxy style from Everlane. Structured yet soft, the oversized tote is big enough to hold your laptop, notebook, and other work essentials with some room to spare. I'd recommend getting it in this maroon color because it's neutral and understated, but won't go unnoticed.

Materials: Bio-Alloy™ and Bio-PU Leather Alternative

Dimensions: 19"W x 13"H

You can never go wrong with a classic—and by that, I mean Tory Burch's beloved Ella tote. Made of plant-based leather, this is a carryall that was made for running errands, lunch dates, and everything in between.

Materials: BioFabbrica Bio-Tex™ (64% USDA-certified bio-based content)/polyurethane/textile

Dimensions: 17"W x 13 1/2"H x 7"D

Sophie Dweck is the associate shopping editor for Town & Country, where she covers beauty, fashion, home and décor, and more.

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