I don’t know about you all, but I love a good tote bag. I’ve used tote bags for years, whether I was carrying my school books, packing for a trip, or bringing my laptop to work. Needless to say, I’m an expert on the tote bag.
Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of tote bags. And, there are a lot of great options out there. However, I’ve narrowed it down to four tote bags that I have had on constant rotation and highly reccomend to anyone. Now, some of these are a bit pricy. However, I think that if you are looking for a ride or die tote that is something that will last you for years.
Longchamp Le Pliage: I love this tote bag. I actually have about ten of them in different colors and sizes. I love this bag, because it’s lightweight, and it can fit everything that you need and so much more. This purse is a great one to take to travel. It folds up, so you can fit in your suitcase, so it makes taking it on flights (whenever that’s a thing again) so much easier.
My personal favorite is the classic black one with a brown leather strap, because it goes with everything. You can find these purses on their website, but also at your local Bloomingdales and Nordstrom as well. Some great places to check out if you’re looking for a great deal, try Nordstrom Rack. That said, I personally can not recommend this purse any more, so if you’re looking for a purse that is durable and still fits everything, this is your purse.
Madewell Transport Tote: Not everyone will love having a nylon purse. And, that’s okay. This tote bag is new to my collection, but I’ve honestly been obsessed with it since I got it. I used it for a week to go to work, and it fits everything that I could need for a work day so all I need is that one bag. And, for a leather purse, it is an extremely good price point. I’ve heard that these purses get better with age, so I’m sure this will be in my closet for years to come.
Dooney and Bourke Nylon Shopper: Yes, another nylon bag. This purse was my ride or die purse for over five years. The only reason why I stopped using it was because I got the Longchamp one. Five years later, this purse looks pretty good. And, I’m going to be honest here — I was not gentle on this whatsoever. This is what I took with me to my first job. I took it to college, and even loaded it with my college books. What is also so special about this purse is that this is something that my mom gave me. Dooney and Bourke was her go-to for handbags, so she gave me one for Christmas in 2014. That is why this bag also has some special memories for me as well.
Louis Vuitton Neverfull: I wanted to end off the list with one luxury bag. This purse happens to be one of my only luxury purses and I’m honestly okay with that. I love this purse because it is classic and one that doesn’t go out of style. The quality of this bag is also really great, which is something that I look for when I get a tote, because let’s be honest, I am running that purse through the ringer. It also fits everything, which makes it great for anything you would need.
Now, I wanted to advise anyone who is looking for this bag to seriously consider getting this bag preloved. Louis Vuitton is crazy expensive. However, you can still get the luxury fashion at a much more discounted rate. And, the purse looks practically brand new, which is awesome. And of course, there are sites like eBay, Poshmark and Fashionphile. But, the real gems are the local consignment stores. I love them because you can get them the cheapest. I found mine on Closet Connection Resale. Definitely worth checking out because it can save you hundreds of dollars and can even stretch your money further. I recommend it if you’re looking for any kind of luxury, not just Neverfulls.