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10 of the very best everyday work bags (that fit a laptop and lunch perfectly).

Anyone who has hunted down the perfect work bag will know finding one that ticks all the boxes isn't easy.

The ultimate work bag has to do multiple jobs: it must fit our laptop, our lunch and of course, the many random bits that end up in the bottom of our bag and stay there for months - all without looking too full. It's a tall order.

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So to make your life a little easier, we've compiled 10 of our favourite work totes and hold-alls that we believe do exactly that. And depending on where you want to put your money, we've catered to the more affordable and exy options. 

(But keep in mind, a work bag can be a great investment piece. If you spend a little more now, the bag will undoubtably last longer. Just think of the cost per carry!)

1. Prene The Brighton Neoprene Tote Bag, $99.95.

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If you're someone who wants something that's lightweight, durable and large, this is your guy. The neoprene material gives it a sporty chic vibe and the size will allow you to fit your laptop, makeup and anything else you might need. 

Plus, it comes with a bonus pouch.

1. C&M Camilla & Marc Denver Tote, $199.

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One of our writers owns this Aussie-made bag and can confirm, it does fit it all. Not only is it big and roomy but it also looks chic AF.

3. Tony Bianco Evelyn Tan Shoulder Bag, $99.99.

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Another yummy option, and again, by an Australian brand. While Tony Bianco is typically known for their shoes, they also make good quality, everyday accessories. We adore this wintery tan bag.

4. Vestirsi Simone Bag, $349.

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Australian lady startup Vestirsi creates 100 per cent Italian leather handbags without the crazy price tag. And this one in particular is the perfect everyday work bag, we reckon.

5. Kaitlin Johnson x Gorman Resonance Canvas Tote, $29.50.

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If you're after something a little fun, we have two printed totes we're obsessed with.

First is this affordable option from Gorman - anything canvas is a great work bag option that also doubles as a grocery bag. So basically, it's two bags for the price of one.

6. The Friday People Everyday Tote, $125.

Another colourful option is from lady startup The Friday People. Not only does it come in bright, bold prints but it's also waterproof, super lightweight and sustainable (it's made from recycled PET bottles). 

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Oh, and it's one of Mia Freedman's favourites.

7. Stand Studio Assante quilted faux leather tote, $509.76.

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We can't go past this playful, quilted option from Stand Studio. Fun! If you're not feeling colourful for a work bag, it also comes in black and beige.

8. Louenhide Rhodes Laptop Bag, $129.95.

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If you're after something lighter and brighter but still large, here's our pick. It's specifically designed to protect your laptop, so that's a big tick in our books. But be careful with your coffee when carrying it...

9. The Horse The Dome Backpack Leather, $319.

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More of a backpack fan? There are so many options to choose from, but our pick is this one from The Horse. 

It has multiple pockets inside, including two slip pockets (ideal to separate your laptop from other things), looks sleek and comes in a bunch of colours.

10. Longchamp Le Pliage Medium Long Handle Tote Bag, $180.

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And lastly, a classic. 

You can't go wrong with the Longchamp Le Pliage: it's simple, French (so obviously in good taste) and waterproof. Our lifestyle editor swears by this bag - which she owns in khaki - to last the distance. She's had hers for years.

Which work bag is your favourite? Let us know in the comments!

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