Micro bags, begone! As we ease ourselves back into real life, it’s about time we embraced the XXL tote. Say hello to the capacious carry-on.
Indeed, we may have resigned our go-to carry-ons to the dusty corners of the backs of our wardrobes – and minds – but now, as life’s lid creaks open once again, it’s time to whip them out of retirement, or invest in a brand spanking new offering, instead.
The high street, both virtual and bricks and mortar, is awash with roomy offerings; from Mulberry to Massimo Dutti, these big ole bags are crying out to be thrown over your shoulder and taken for a spin. In fact, they’re the only plus one you’ll need this winter. Here are a few of our favourites.
State of Escape neoprene tote bag
Cult Australian brand State of Escape’s roomy totes are the perfect way to inject a healthy dose of colour into an otherwise monotone winter outfit. Should the label’s cherry red hue not be for you, then look instead to its blush or beige for a seriously stylish XXL bag.
Massimo Dutti raffia tote bag with leather handles
You can’t go wrong with a hard-working raffia tote, and this Massimo Dutti offering is proof. Wear with an all-white get-up and lashings of gold jewellery for optimal summer vibes.
The White Company leather shopper bag
This soft leather shopper is the perfect vessel for carrying your life in. For those who prefer to play it safe, keep it cool with grey, the most inoffensive hue out there.
The Mad Hatter of Durham personalised shopping bag
For those who are in the market for a slightly more demure monogrammed tote, look to The Mad Hatter of Durham’s jute iteration which we’ll be wearing with our favourite floaty frocks all summer long.
Mulberry small Portobello tote
This sunshine yellow Portobello bag is part of Mulberry’s first sustainable collection and is, quite literally, sunshine in a bag. We’ll be wearing ours with a white shirt and true blue jeans.
Arket large straw tote bag
This woven bag from Arket is a great summer alternative to heavy leather bags; it’s a true timeless staple. We’ll be wearing ours with head-to-toe black for some serious Wednesday-Addams-but-make-it-fashion vibes.
Kurt Geiger Kensington basket shopper
Kurt Geiger’s Kensington basket shopper struggles to stay in stock for good reason; it’s purse-friendly and picture-perfect. We can’t wait to wear ours nestled in the nook of our elbows this summer.
Clarks Hanley Dawn bag
Similarly to the enduring appeal of an LBD, a classic black bag is equally as timeless. This buttery leather offering from Clarks is as roomy as it is sophisticated.
Undone Stitch personalised bag
A beach bag and a shopping tote in one, you say? This monogrammed carry-on courtesy of independent label Undone Stitch is a perfect way of killing two birds with one stone.
AllSaints Captain leather north south tote bag
Whether you wear yours back to the office, to the gym or to the park for a picnic, AllSaints’ creamy tote is summer in bag form. We’ll be upping the ante with as much silver jewellery as we can fit on our bodies.
LPOL Penrose soft leather tote bag
This pretty pink tote from conscious east London label LPOL is as classic as it is cool. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Hackney hipsters, it’s good enough for us.
Aspinal of London Marmalade Pebble bag
Orange is everywhere this summer, but for those too afraid of its punchiness for their wardrobes, embrace the hue by championing a tangerine tote. We love this offering from Aspinal of London.
Flower Love Child zodiac tote
Wear your heart – or your star sign – on your shoulder in the form of this adorable zodiac tote which we’ll be wearing when the moon is in retrograde as a warning to the rest of the world about how we, according to our signs, may be feeling.
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