No accessory nails summer quite like easy, grab-and-go tote bags. Whether you’re throwing in a blanket and snacks for a picnic in the city, filling it with sunscreen and your favorite beach towel before hitting the sand, or just cruising the farmers’ market on weekends, a chic summer tote will complement your warm-weather plans perfectly. Roomy enough to fit files and a laptop, the right style can easily take you from the office to drinks without skipping a beat (because who wants to waste any of those wonderful daylight hours?). See below for a few pointers on finding the style that’s right for you.
Tips for Toting
If your summer style is more about sharp tailoring than T-shirts, then a sleek leather tote would seem to be the obvious choice, but that’s exactly why we love the offbeat option of a woven or straw tote instead. The same goes for pairing a polished tote with one of the season’s flowing boho styles. Mixing it up will make your overall look unique and unexpected.
Prioritize Before Purchase
In order to maximize your tote’s utility, be sure to seriously consider material and size. Leather doesn’t take to spilled sunscreen all that well, but canvas may not give you the level of polish you need. Similarly, a smaller tote may not be able to handle a picnic blanket and your stash of magazines, but you also don’t want to be unnecessarily toting around something the size of a big weekender for an after-work outdoor event. Think about your summer ahead and do some quick measuring before pulling the trigger.