As you are all well aware, the internet is a visual place. That guides what people look at, so it also guides what we show you, which are often fun, seasonal pieces that look great on a high-definition screen. In real life, though, those aren’t always the bags we want or need to carry, especially since most of us have daily lives that involve jobs, kids, errands and the other vagaries of the human experience. For that stuff, the best route is often a neutral bag you can carry for days at a time and in all kinds of situation; a workhorse.

Workhorse accessories are a vital part of anyone’s closet, and if you love good design, they can be just as exciting as a heavily embellished seasonal piece (and with a way lower cost-per-carry, too). Below, we’ve picked out 20 of our favorites, most of which are brand new to the market in the past few weeks. What better way to start the new year?

3.1 Phillip Lim Accordion Shopper Tote
$795 via Shopbop

ALC Charlie Crossbody Bag
$575 via Shopbop

Alexander Wang Genesis Square Shopper
$995 via Shopbop

AllSaints Mini Mast Bag
$298 via Nordstrom

Altuzarra Shadow Bag
$2,295 via Neiman Marcus

Bottega Veneta East-West Satchel
$3,550 via Neiman Marcus

Elleme Vosges Tote
$575 via Shopbop

Furla Like Bag
$428 via Nordstrom

Jimmy Choo Flo Tote
$1,195 via Nordstrom

Kate Spade Carlyle Street Justina Bag
$358 via Nordstrom

Madewell Mini Chain Bag
$98 via Shopbop

Mansur Gavriel Envelope Bag
$795 via Neiman Marcus

Mulberry Tenby Bag
$900 via Nordstrom

Prada Monocrome Tote
$1,990 via Neiman Marcus

Salvatore Ferragamo Vara Bag
$1,450 via Shopbop

Serapian Veronica Cachemire Tote
$1,300 via Nordstrom

Staud Bissett Bag
$350 via Shopbop

The Row Pail Bag
$2,250 via Neiman Marcus

Treasure & Bond Small Logan Bag
$349 via Nordstrom

ZAC Zac Posen Belay Mini Bucket Bag
$250 via Shopbop

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