While much of the last decade has seen sartorial influence lean toward small, statement designs, the tote bag has climbed its way back from the depths of your wardrobe and is now a non-negotiable style staple.
We love the tote for several reasons: its sleek shape, versatility, and of course, ability to fit what feels like the entire contents of our houses. Sure, we’ll always keep a small crossbody style and cute clutch in reach, but this form of large bag is pretty much our holy grail for day to day.
So, when looking to embrace the trend, here are a few key things to keep in mind.
While it’s easy to pick a bag based solely on looks alone, to ensure it’s one you’ll reach for again and again, it pays to consider what you need it for. Do you want a large bag that can fit a jumper, laptop and umbrella in? Or will a mid-sized style that just fits your planner and wallet work for you?
Styling Tip: We love the Dhalia 15" laptop bag. Pair it with a sophisticated blazer, feminine blouse and trouser for a chic office casual look.
For effortless and easy styling each day, a neutral colourway is a perfect choice. Black totes, like the Alex Tote Bag, are timeless and effortlessly chic, but if you’re after something a little fresher, try a nude, tan or khaki colourway. These shades are classic enough to pair with everything in your existing wardrobe, while still adding a little interest to your look.
Styling Tip: Pair your tote with a day dress and trench coat.
A bag’s initial visual appeal is important, but design is more than just about looks. For a bag that will serve you for years to come, consider key features like internal lining, quality hardware, inner pockets and optional crossbody straps.
Styling Tip: For the perfect travel outfit, team a luxe knit with a pair of your favourite denim jeans and boots.