7 Tote Bags Cooler Than Your Backpack

When you need to haul stuff—really haul stuff—it's a good bet you reach for a trusty old friend: your backpack. But backpacks aren't exactly known for their head-turning style. Enter: the tote bag, a spacious, stylish sartorial antidote, so you can carry everything you need—and look amazing the entire time.

Black Club Monaco tote bag photo

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Club Monaco Mismo Shopper

A matter-of-fact combination of ballistic nylon and leather, this shopper is suitably spacious. As a bonus, the bag includes a detachable shoulder strap, in case you prefer to tote it by leather carrying handles. ($290; clubmonaco.com)

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Olive green tote bag with detachable shoulder strap photo

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Shinola Tote Bag

Designed with sturdy nylon canvas in an appealing olive green, this Shinola tote is the essence of practicality, and features multiple internal and external zip pockets and a handily detachable shoulder strap. ($550; nordstrom.com)

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Black tote bag with four interior pockets photo

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Want les Essentiels O'Hare

With the unique distinction of being christened after Chicago's O'Hare Airport, this tote is ideal for those constantly on the go. Its four interior pull-out pockets are deep enough to allow for careful organization of a plethora of personal items, not to mention a usefully detachable shoulder strap. ($210; wantlesessentiels.com)

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Camouflage tote bag with snap pockets photo

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Porter Helmut Tote Bag

An eye-catching camouflage conglomeration of olive, navy, and black tech fabric, this tote is as functional as it is flashy, and features front snap pockets, interior pockets, and a detachable shoulder strap. ($450; barneys.com)

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Coach tote bag witih cell phone pocket and laptop sleeve photo

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Coach Metropolitan Tote

This textured leather tote is the pinnacle of modern convenience. It includes a cell phone pocket and a laptop sleeve, as well as a roomy exterior sleeve pocket and a detachable leather strap. ($550; coach.com)

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Chocolate brown tote bag with four interior pockets photo

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Barneys New York Leather Zip Top Tote Bag

The definition of a timelessly classic look, this uniformly chocolate tote is lined in a smooth faille fabric and includes four interior slip pockets. ($419; barneyswarehouse.com)

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Moleskin tote with trolley handle photo

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Bric's Moleskin Tote

Your favorite notebook, but in tote form? It can't get much better than that. Featuring a trolley handle that can easily be tucked away when not in use, the Moleskin tote also has multiple pockets and a waterproofed exterior. And as if that wasn't exciting enough, a purchase of the tote includes your own complimentary Moleskin notebook. ($206; bloomingdales.com)

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