The Best Non-Tote Carry-Alls For Work

Photo: Courtesy of Zara.
There's no wardrobe fatigue quite like that induced by workwear. As much as we love the ease of a shirtdress or the don't-think-about-it-just-pack-it convenience of the seemingly bottomless carry-all, sometimes it's hard to distinguish our Tuesday outfit from our Thursday ensemble. That's why we cherish simple, HR-approved closet swaps that can be effortlessly incorporated into our existing routine, but still feel different and special. And, today, that starts with our work bag.

One misconception we'll do away with right now: Not all good work bags are totes. In fact, there are many bag silhouettes worth your attention and investment: the classic top-handle, the ever-versatile cross body, and the oversize clutch, to name a few. So, ditch the shopper, and give your 9-to-5 look a refresh with one of the beautiful bags ahead.

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Pretty in periwinkle.
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Soft to the touch, with a little bit of edge.
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All of your cubicle mates will be green with envy.
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A dusty-pink flap makes for a very subtle colorblock.
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The little red backpack that could (hold all of your essentials in an adorably compact manner).
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Back to school we go, metaphorically.
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Stop, I'm blushing.
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Zip it.
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Your after-hours favorite makes its case to become your everyday go-to in this oversize, convertible form.
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Orange you glad it's almost Friday? Oh, wait...
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Better than a packed lunch.
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You've got mail.
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Wear this pouch as your main, or carry it as a backup in your other work bag.
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Everybody needs a little black clutch.

Reece Hudson Bowery Leather Clutch, available in stores at Otte New York.
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The bag trend we just can't quit, so we're bringing it to work.
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The good kind of Monday blues.
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A pop of red does wonders to a wardrobe.
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Swap out the navy for a brighter, matte take on the hue.
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Deep purple is the neutral hue you never considered (but totally should).
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Meet the green machine.
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Dreaming of burgundy this fall.
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Your crossbody is basically a fifth limb during the weekends. But, why limit a good thing to just Saturdays and Sundays?
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All the space of your carry-all, with that hands-free convenience you crave.
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Positively tickled.
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All pockets, all the time.
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Mix textures like a pro (and with no effort).
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This leather crossbody will work overtime in your closet: weekdays, weekends — all day, every day.
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Make like a supermodel with one of Jason Wu's supermodel-inspired bags.
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The new wave of neutrals includes rule-breaking black-and-brown pairings.

Time's Arrow
Helene Shoulder Bag, available at Time's Arrow.
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The canvas shell makes this top-handle bag feel more pared-down.
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Tiny but mighty.
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Two of our favorite fall colors come together in one impossibly chic handbag.
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This red, boxy number is ready to get down to business.
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Perfect strike.
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Get the "ladies who lunch" look down pat.
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Your all-black wardrobe could use a punch of color.
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