Ahead: swingy straw bags, modern top-handles, and leather classics.
When it comes to a functional and high-capacity everyday bag, nothing beats the tote. For those of us who always carry half of our beauty drawers with us at all times plus a bunch of other seemingly unnecessary things — you know, just in case we might need them — a good, spacious tote bag always does the job.
This style actually dates back to the 1940s, when L.L.Bean introduced its first Boat and Tote bag. It was designed to carry ice and the target audience was mainly sailing enthusiasts or campers. The bag was crafted in sturdy builders' canvas and came in a boxy silhouette with a reinforced bottom, two wide handles, and an open top. It took a couple more decades for the tote bag to be seen as a stylish and practical alternative to other handbag styles, but nowadays it's an essential part of every woman’s closet.
The truth is: whether you opt for a roomy tote when you are headed to the gym, running your daily errands, or as a carry-on option, you can rely on it to effortlessly combine style and storage potential. Even celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle, and Anne Hathaway have endorsed the tote as the most viable option when it comes to travel.
This summer, straw totes have been especially popular, even outside of the beach crowd. They have a relaxed, resort-ready look that perfectly complements a sundress or a jumpsuit. For those in need of a more city-appropriate look, choose a leather tote with a structured silhouette.
Here, we rounded up 16 cute options — all available on Amazon — that will not only help you carry all of your essentials but will also serve up major style goals.