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You try to limit all of the “necessities” you stuff in your bag but you can never seem to cut them down enough that they’ll fit in a tiny clutch. You have your wallet, phones, keys, favorite lipstick, your work stuff, an emergency snack, something to read, and a lot more essentials. You don’t have to carry a plastic bag to fit all the stuff that doesn’t fit in your purse. These spacious bags will hold all of your stuff and they don’t look like you’re carrying a piece of luggage. Just don’t fill them up with too much junk. Your arm and the straps will thank you.

Take a look at 16 roomy bags that are sophisticated enough to carry to work:

1. Adjustable Tote Bag ($79.90, Mango)

Mango Adjustable Tote

Add a pop of color to any look with this cherry red tote with a pebbled texture. The bag measures a precise 16.14 by 13.78 inches. It has long removable shoulder straps and three compartments to keep all your junk tidy.

2. Handbag ($39.99, H&M)

H&M Large Handbag

Remember that black isn’t the only neutral color. This budget-friendly light taupe bag has three compartments with a secure zip closure on top. The grained imitation leather adds some interest to the classic shape.

3. Ashbury Camo Tote ($148, Banana Republic)

Banana Republic Ashbury Camo Tote

Plan totes are always popular but a printed one can be just as chic. This camo faux leather bag has a subtle pattern that is versatile and something you won’t get sick of after two months. It can easily hold a binder, files, or a pair of shoes.

4. Holdall With Metallic Clasp ($69.90, Zara)

Zara Holdall With Metallic Clasp

If you want a classic bag that you can wear with everything this bottle green bag is a good option. It is less obvious than black or chocolate brown. The shoulder strap is adjustable and it measures about 12 by 13 3/4 by 5 1/2 inches.

5. Stanton Carryall ($395, Coach)

Coach Stanton Leather Caryall

If you’re looking to splurge on a bag that you can wear for years, try this tan one. The leather bag has multiple zippered pockets so even those you aren’t normally the most organized people will be able to find their stuff easily.

6. Oversized Holdall ($68, Topshop)

Topshop Oversized Holdall

The name says it all with this one. The roomy vegan leather bag has a top handle and shoulder strap and measures approximately 15 by 13 3/4 inches. There is an extra pocket on the front to keep your phone and transport pass.

7. Slide Handle Leather Bag ($275, & Other Stories)

& Other Stories Slide Handle Leather Bag

This spacious leather bag has a detachable shoulder strap, so you can carry it like a tote or sling it over your shoulder. It has a metallic snap closure and the cotton twill-lined interior has pockets for your phone and a D-ring for keys.

8. Colorblock Faux Leather Tote ($27.90, Forever 21)

Forever 21 Colorblock Faux Leather Bag

This isn’t your basic black leather bag. It has a contrasting blue gore. It measures 13 by 15 by 6.75 inches. The thick straps will make it comfortable to carry all day but don’t load it up with too much stuff.

9. Salina Bag ($268, Hobo Bags)

Hobo Bags Salina Bag

There is plenty of space in this bag made out of 100% top-grain leather. The interior pockets easily fit a tablet or laptop while the exterior ones hold an iPhone 6. There are even more pockets on the inside to help keep you organized.

10. New Uptown Tote ($178, J.Crew)

J.Crew New Uptown Tote

This minimalist bag in a cheery shade of yellow is especially good for the warmer months but that doesn’t mean you can’t get away with it all year. The tote measures 10 1/2 by 11 3/4 by 6 3/4 inches and is made out of an ultra-smooth leather.

11. Guess Grayson Status Carryall Saffiano Bag ($95.99, Macy’s)

Guess Grayson Bag: where to buy large tote handbags

Don’t be scared of a white bag. This one is made out of faux leather and can be easily spot cleaned with a damp cloth. The handbag is as versatile as it is striking. It has an exterior pocket as well as multiple ones on the interior including ones specifically for your phone and a center divider.

12. Ella Tote ($238, Vera Bradley)

Vera Baradley Large Ella Tote

Who says black and navy don’t go together? This two-tone leather bag has a hidden pocket in the top seam for your phone and keys. Plus, the printed interior has two slip pockets and a zip one.

13. Macnutt Bag ($60, Aldo)

Aldo Macnutt Bag - how to wear large handbags?

You can’t go wrong with a color-blocked dress and you can’t go wrong with a color-blocked bag either. This shoulder bag has a zip closure on top and a textile lining on the interior. The camel, ivory, and orange colors with gold-tone hardware make it seem more expensive than it actually is.

14. Lauren Ralph Lauren Roberston Leather Tote ($169.96, DSW)

Lauren Ralph Lauren Roberston Bag

Ivory and black are luxurious color combinations. This leather bag has a magnetic snap top closure. The fabric-lined interior has a zip pocket for your phone, keys and lip balm, and two slip pockets.

15. Catherine Catherine Malandrino Bella Zip Tote ($118, Nordstrom)

Catherine Catherine Malandrino Bella Tote

This black tote has a textured finish and shiny gold hardware details to add just enough interest. It has protective metal feet to keep the bottom clean and an easy access top zipper.

16. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Nylon Tote ($195, Shopbop)

Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote

This spacious nylon bag measures 11 3/4 by 17 by 7 1/5 inches. It has a big exterior zip pocket with even more room in the interior with a spot for your keys and another zip pocket.

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