Editor’s note: This article was updated on September 21 with fresh product picks, expert tips and a guide to caring for your designer tote.
Designer totes are a must-have for every fashion lover. A chic way to carry your essentials and a stylish statement piece, these versatile bags can easily be paired with any outfit. But with so many styles out there, it can be difficult to narrow down your selection. To help, we tapped industry experts, from stylists to personal shoppers to textile specialists, to provide their top designer tote picks and shopping tips.
One tip to keep in mind is to consider what you’ll be using your bag for when deciding on a style. For example, if you plan on using your tote as a luxe gym bag, make sure it’s large enough to fit your water bottle and yoga mat. Similarly, if you’ll be carrying electronics in your tote, opt for a style with protective pockets to keep your devices safe.
A tote’s handle and strap length should also play a role in your purchase decision, says stylist and content creator Coco Bassey. “It’s important to choose a design with comfortable handles that allow you to carry the bag hands-free,” she notes. Fortunately, most retailers disclose the handle and strap drop length in their product descriptions, making it easy to find the right size for you.
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