Sure, we aren’t stepping out as often as we used to, but when we do, we want a stylish mix of fashion meets function.

The pandemic has caused us all to reevaluate even the sartorial elements of our lives, with many women now adopting dress codes with a more sensible sensibility. A classic tote is a hero piece in any workwear wardrobe, and with the likes of Fendi, Prada, Burberry and beyond, designers are adding subtle tweaks and arty details that elevate your whole look.

And so, in honour of SS21’s more practical pursuits, we’ve rounded up 12 of the most stylish bags to fulfil any occupation and occasion.

1. hands free

Max Mara, Deerskin clutch bag, Dhs5,640, SHOP NOW

2. Relaxed Luxe


3. canvas shoulder bag

Saint Laurent, Manhattan Leather-Trim Canvas Shoulder Bag, Dhs7,587, SHOP NOW

4. embossed top-handle

Balenciaga, Hourglass Tote Bag, Dhs8,559, SHOP NOW

5. the hobo bag

Valentino, Garavani Roman Stud The Hobo Bag in Nappa, Dhs9,150, SHOP NOW

6. detachable shoulder bag

Native, Slither, Dhs2,995, SHOP NOW

7. oversized Tote

Fendi, Medium Sunshine Tote Bag in Leather, Dhs9,890, SHOP NOW

8. chain-strap

NEOUS, Black Orbit Chain-Strap Suede Shoulder Bag, Dhs2,680, SHOP NOW

9. sling-it crossbody

Burberry, Sonny Bum Bag in Icon Stripe E-canvas, Dhs2,850, SHOP NOW

10. file bag

ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, The Short Story Leather Bag, Dhs7,320.00, SHOP NOW


MULBERRY, Small Iris bag, Dhs5,800, SHOP NOW

12. terry-cloth TOTE

Prada, Logo-Print Terry-Cloth Tote Bag, Dhs4,712, SHOP NOW


stylish work bags
Bottega Veneta, Cassette Messenger in Nappa, Dhs8,150, SHOP NOW