[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.