There's no way around it: Becoming a mom means you're going to have to start carrying around a lot of stuff. Those cute little mini bags aren't going to hold a spare bottle or changing supplies for a day out running errands, and you'll have a hard time stuffing any toys in a clutch for a trip to the park. This is where a chic diaper bag comes in (yes, they do exist). With enough space to stash all your essentials and plenty of pockets to keep it all organized, it's bound to become an indispensable accessory.
You might also be surprised at how many of your favorite handbag designers already make styles expressly for this purpose: Marc Jacobs has a sleek version for everyday wear, Stella McCartney makes a sporty vegan style, and even Gucci has a logo-covered bag for the mom with luxurious taste. For less expensive options, check out the offerings from Herschel Supply Company and The Honest Company, both of which are as polished as they are practical.
Below, shop 15 diaper bags cool enough to carry for years.
This one comes with a matching diaper mat and three embroidered pouches.
Motherhood gets glam.
You'd have no idea this is a diaper bag just by looking at—and that's the point.
Everything's better in denim.
Known for its backpacks, Herschel makes a pretty great baby bag, too.
The gold hardware adds a luxe element to this backpack.
The quilting makes this comfy to carry.
This rich burgundy is perfect for fall, and the bag is super lightweight for its size.
This army-green style has tons of pockets.
Buy this tote, and the brand will deliver a backpack filled with school supplies to a kid in need—a win-win if we ever saw one.
The stripes give this one a bit of personality.
This one is more compact but still includes the all-important washable changing mat.
Minkoff is a mom of two, so you can trust she knows what a great diaper bag needs.
This pretty print has a Scandinavian feel.
So classic, you might actually pass this down to your kid one day.
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