Tote bags are the only plus one you need: the bigger, the better.
We’re veering away from micro bags and spring-boarding straight towards XL bags and obnoxiously roomy totes. We all have that one deflated bag that is definitely past its heyday that we can’t seem to let go of it. Old habits die hard, etc.
However, in a bid to revamp our sartorial workwear choices (and make us feel a little bit better about going back) we are championing the perfect form meets function style – the trusty XL tote bag.
We never thought we’d say this but we’ve missed carrying a bag. For the first few months of lockdown our bags we’re just collecting dust, as you don’t need one to go from the kitchen to the living room in style.
By now you may have carried your cross-body or picnic basket, but we’re talking back-to-work styles. Yes, the one that fits in our lunch, laptop, umbrella and trainers. Yes, the one that looks as though we’re heading off on a month-long voyage (we wish). Whilst in lockdown we’ve appreciated carrying the impractical teeny tiny bags, and it’s probably been better for our backs, but they just won’t cut it when we’re back in the office.
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This sunshine yellow Portobello bag is part of Mulberry’s first sustainable collection. Adding a pop of colour will breathe new life into your workwear wardrobe.
This woven bag from Arket is a great summer alternative to heavy leather bags. Also consider trading out wintery fabrics from your workwear wardrobe for more lightweight options such as linen.
Like a little black dress in your wardrobe, a black carry-all leather tote is also an essential. This Clarks style is simple yet effective.
This style is a great all-rounder. And, if you’re not back at work just yet, this style will be your perfect picnic companion.
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This luxury tote bag is a timeless shape, but packs some punch, too. Go for this hot orange for an instant workwear update.
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