[PS1 Large White Tote Bag via ssense.com]
Tote bags are the backpack’s fashionable counterpart. While we all dream of the Proenza Schouler PS1 (it’s gorgeous gold hardware, double tuck straps), I have to stop myself before my wallet slaps me. Luckily, many affordable options also exist. They can handle everything from your iPad to your gym sneakers, but disguise it all in style. Whether you’re looking for a throw around beach bag or a structured, work bag, we have found seven versions that are appropriate and budget-friendly! Warning: your arm may feel a sudden (yet, justified) ego boost.
[Mar Y Sol Nantucket Basket Tote, 29.99, on sale!]
A handwoven straw bag will always translate to summer. This socially responsible accessories brand creates bags that are as authentic as they look. Pair with a white linen top for a look that can take you just about anywhere.
[J.Crew Edie Attache Bag, $288]
My personal fave, this bag is utterly timeless. Incredibly ladylike, this neutral tote will suit the office with ease. Pack your heels inside for post-work cocktails, and update your entire look with red lips for “Mad Men” -like polish.
[Forever 21 Striped Tote, $10.80]
Stuff-her-up and go! Toss this striped canvas bag around, sans guilt, when headed just about anywhere. It can be made into a chic poolside towel/magazine holder or an adorable farmer’s market grocery bag to stock up on this season’s freshest fruits.
Thank you Cynthia Vincent for channeling the wild spirit of the Southwest. You can brighten any look with this vibrant bag! We envision it everywhere from music festivals to exclusive pool parties. Selling point: unlike most totes, this bag has a magnetic snap top.
[Topshop Leather Panel Tote Bag, $190]
Who doesn’t need a black leather tote? Any and everyone can make use of this city-sleek bag. Don your biggest shades for some more it-factor.
Another Topshop find, this bag is a step above the rest of its straw basket competitors. Green plastic handles are right on board with the neon trend, and we can get right on board with this price tag. Miami anyone?
Fashion gets slightly more rugged with this carryall-capable lemon tote. Perfect for daily use, this will transport whatever is in your bag already, and then some.
There you have it! Fashion-forward totes to work with any style and occasion.
Which one would you like to sling on your shoulder?
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