Tote Bags

Cheryl Cirelli
Striped tote bag

Tote bags are multi-tasking handbags, and for the woman on the go, often conceal the essentials necessary for everyday life. Whether it's for work, play, or running errands, there are plenty of fashionable and functional styles available.

Popular Tote Bag Styles

From fabulously funky to decadently designer, any and every kind of tote is out there for the having. They come in a wide variety of styles and materials. The fabrics vary greatly, but tend to mostly be in the more informal vein, like classic leather, denim, canvas, cotton, vinyl, straw, and mesh.

A particular advantage of the tote structure is the large flat sides, enabling some manufacturers to display intricate patterns or screen prints that would be lost on a small evening bag. Stripes, patterns, and bright colors are also popular elements of this bag style since it tends to be less formal.

Shopping Options for Totes

Take a trip to your local mall and you are sure to find endless options for totes. If you prefer to shop from home, browse the many sites that offer totes in various styles and colors.

Reuseit.com

All reuseit products are made in accordance with Fair Labor/Fair Wage practices and are backed by a 100% Lifetime Guarantee against defects in materials or construction. At reuseit.com you can find a wide assortment of reusable bags and totes. From those made from plastic to those constructed from materials such as cotton or hemp, there are bags to match any need. Reuseit bags are perfect for shopping as well as for kid's toys and more. You can even find insulated totes to keep food hot or cold. Some styles to check out include:

  • Original EarthTote: A great alternative to a paper grocery bag, this tote is made from durable nylon fabric. It comes in either tan or black and is a classic style that not only shoppers will appreciate, but also those who love a bag that will last for years.
  • Dual-Handled Hemp Tote: Made from lightweight hemp, this bag features two set of handles. The short set allows for carrying by hand while the longer set is ideal to carry over the shoulder. This bag comes in your choice of black or natural.

Fun Tote

At Funtote, you can find a variety of stylish canvas bags. Each bag is uniquely designed and can be used for daily use, trips and shopping. Totes are eco friendly and bio degradable and are individually silk screened and hand printed.

Totes are done in a Side Zipper style with four pockets that can keep your belongings organized. Choose from fun patterns such as bicycle, elephant, apple, heart, bubble, or leaf.

Ballard Designs

Ballard Designs carry a selection of classy totes perfect for daily use as well as for traveling. Choose from styles such as:

  • Suzanne Kasler Canvas Box Tote Bag: This roomy bag is perfect to take shopping and features snap gussets and closure. it has two inside pockets and is done in a heavy white cotton canvas with rolled handles. For a special touch, get this tote monogrammed for free.
  • Strappy Belted Tote: This tote is dressy and great to take with your wherever you may go. It is done in white cotton canvas and has adjustable leather shoulder straps. It can be monogrammed for no additional fee.
  • Ikat Bucket Tote: Made in the USA, this fun tote is done in a cotton blend and is reversible. It comes in pattern such as Aqua, Indian Blue and Pink.

L.L. Bean

For a classic tote, look no further than L.L. Bean. This retailer is well-know for their totes that are ideal for books, shopping and more. The Boat and Tote Bag has a zip top and is done in heavy-duty canvas with a double layered base and handles. It is done with double stitched nylon seams and will not rot or break making it suitable for outdoor activities. Other styles to check out are:

  • Carryall Tote: This sturdy nylon bag comes in colors such as red, plum, blue, black and carbon and is a great travel tote. It has a large interior and an zip-down panel to hold documents. This tote meets most airline carry on requirements.
  • Pocket Day Tote: This lightweight tote is versatile and can be used anywhere. It can be stowed in its own pocket bag and is ready to use when you need extra space. It comes in fun colors such as Chili Pepper, Deep Ivy, Glacier Blue as well as Black.

Lands' End

At Land's End, you can find totes suitable for everday wear or use at the beach. Check out styles such as:

  • Rope Handle Tote: This cute and stylish bag comes in coral or dark blue and is made from strong 100% cotton canvas. It has rope handles and is fully lined.
  • Small Open Top Shoulder Tote: This bag may be small in size but can still hold a lot of items. It has a convenient shoulder strap and has four interior pockets. Choose from natural canvas with either blue, pink or navy trim.

More Places to Find Totes

Other places to browse a large selection of totes include:

  • eBags: Here you'll find a great range of mid to high-end designer styles. An advantage of shopping here is that you can browse totes by size, material, brand, color, or designer features.
  • Overstock.com: Shop at Overstock for discounts on name-brand totes. This is a good place to check for desssier styles, like those done in leather.
  • HSN: If you are looking for the of the moment trends, check out the selection at HSN. You browse according to trend, designer, price, color, or special features.
  • Fabric and Handle: Simple, classy bags made from fabric and leather are available at this retailer.

Don't forget to check out your favorite department store. You can find afforable options at places like Walmart, mid-level styles at stores like JC Penney, and more upscale versions at stores like Nordstrom.

Shopping Tips

When shopping for a tote, keep in mind the following to help you find one that will work best for your specific needs:

  • Size: Think of how you will be using the tote to determine the size you need. Totes come in all sizes from small to extra large. Look at the actual measurements in the retailer's desription of the tote if you are looking for a specific size to ensure it's large enough for your needs.
  • Material: If you want to carry groceries or books, a tote made from canvas will be sturdy. Clothes can be carried in a nylon tote that can fold up after use.
  • Closure: Totes can stay open at the top, close with a zipper, tie or even a magnet. To keep your items safe and secure, look for one that can be closed at the top.
  • Handle: A short and simple handle that can be carried in the hand is standard for a tote. Some styles may include a shoulder strap for easier toting around.

Change Looks Accordingly

You can enjoy different tote styles depending on your intended purpose. A nylon tote can be used for a quick trip to the grocery store while a sturdy canvas works well for a weekend getaway. Choose a designer tote as an everyday bag to carry your essentials in style. Whatever your needs may be, a tote bag can be a fashionable way to carry your essentials.

Tote Bags