Fashion Accessories Can I Wear a Beach Tote To Work? By Ruthie Friedlander Ruthie Friedlander Twitter Ruthie Friedlander is a New York-based writer, editor, and founder of the At Large Agency. She is also the co-founder of The Chain, a non-profit eating disorder support system for women in fashion and entertainment. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on January 16, 2018 @ 11:15AM Pin Share Tweet Email Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images Bathing suits should stay at the beach. Beach totes? Totally work appropriate, under certain conditions. There are few photos I find more fashionably inspiring than that of Jane Birkin wearing a faux fur and a straw bag. The juxtaposition of those two totally different seasons worn at once is just delicious. So yes! BRING your laptop to work in a straw bag! Throw your packed lunch in a waterproof, colorful tote. We dare you. 01 of 08 Alice Woven Sisal Straw Bag Courtesy Buy Now Be your own Jane Birkin with this circular straw bag, which is so chic and actually fits more than just your phone and wallet. 02 of 08 Canvas Transport Tote Courtesy Buy Now This may look like a boring tote bag, but from experience, I can tell you: This is the most useful bag I own. It can go anywhere and hold anything. And the cherry on top? It's machine washable! 03 of 08 Oversize Millie Tote Courtesy Buy Now "Oversize" is the perfect word to accompany your beach bag and work bag. We love this shoulder bag from Sole Society first and foremost for its bold pattern done with neutral colors. Secondarily? For its hold-everything abilities. 04 of 08 Roseau Paniers d'Art Wicker Print Canvas Tote Courtesy Buy Now I love the idea of wearing a wicker-basket bag during the fall and winter. This tote is extra special because it has bright colors that are outfit making. And you cannot go wrong with sporting a French girl chic flag. 05 of 08 Gemini Link Tote Courtesy Buy Now Add some pizazz to your workday with this signature Gemini link motif themed glossy coated canvas bag. 06 of 08 Hallie Canvas Tote Courtesy Buy Now Does anyone do adult cute better than Kate Spade? We think not. 07 of 08 Laser Perforated Leather Tote Courtesy Buy Now The look and feel of the perforated leather is SO. ALAIA. So we found one that's beach appropriate, work appropriate, and price conscious. What makes this particular bag great? The perforations aren't too large, so no one will be able to see through your bag. 08 of 08 Medium Sutton' Quilted Oxford Nylon Shoulder Tote Courtesy Buy Now The best bags are the ones that don't weigh you down. And MZ Wallace is an expert at making lightweight bags. The double handle on this bad boy makes it perfect if you're carrying lots of stuff, like a laptop or textbook.