If you’re in the market for a stylish bag that elevates your outfit, then we have good news:
The options are seemingly endless.
You have satchel bags that have remained a fashion staple since the 17th century. There are also crossbody bags that add a layer of comfort and convenience with a crossbody strap.
Today, we’re talking about the tote bag. What makes it such a great option, and why do you need one?
We’ll dive into all of the reasons why we love the tote bag. But first, let’s get into some history.
The Tote Bag: A Rich History
The modern concept of the tote bag can be traced back to the 17th century—in these times, tote bags served as functional pieces rather than the fashionable and stylish items we know them as today. This can be seen with the origin of the word “tote,” which means to carry.
The 1940s brought with them an evolution of the tote bag. The popular brand L.L. Bean designed tote bags to carry large quantities of ice from the car to the freezer. Before long, people started using them to carry other items, such as their groceries.
However, something bigger was just around the corner: The tote bag as a fashion piece.
In the 60s, the tote bag design was improved upon to create fashionable accessories designed for stylish women. However, the best part was that they kept their high level of functionality without sacrificing style. The bags were also appealing due to the durable nature of the canvas used to make them.
Today, tote bags come in various styles, materials, colors, and more. Whether you’re using them for function or fashion, the tote bag is a must-have in anyone’s closet.
5 Reasons Why We Love the Tote Bag
So, why should you have a tote bag in your rotation?
There are many reasons why we love the tote bag—but let’s get into five of the biggest reasons why they’re a go-to bag for us.
They’re as Functional as they are Fashionable
As much as we love stylish accessories, we also value accessories that provide additional functionality. For example, a pair of cat-eye sunglasses will not only have you looking your best but also protect your eyes from the sun.
Tote bags provide much of the same. They take your outfits to the next level while providing a convenient bag for all of your everyday carry, whether it’s for work or play.
The Mixed Media Sherpa Lock Tote from Anne Klein—this bag provides an internal zip pocket and two additional slip pockets for maximum functionality.
Many tote bags use a large dome-style design that allows you to carry a lot—this is especially handy if you suddenly need to carry things you didn’t expect, such as small amounts of groceries. It’s like a personal stash that also adds to your outfit!
The tote bag may be one of the most versatile options out there. You have everything from basic canvas totes all the way to luxury options that are perfect for making an unforgettable first impression.
For example, if you need a stylish bag for work that also provides you with all of the functionality you’d expect from a tote bag, the Work Tote with Printed Pouch is perfect for you.
The Work Tote With Printed Pouch from Anne Klein even comes with a classy removable pouch!
For anyone that wants a versatile bag that can transition from work to play seamlessly, look no further than the tote bag.
They Include Durable Options
Even fashionable tote bags have evolved from the basic tote bag design: One that featured canvas materials.
Canvas is known for being durable—if you want a handbag that will stand the test of time and resist the elements, canvas tote bags are the answer. Whether you’re carrying groceries or headed to the beach, it’s hard to go wrong with a durable canvas tote.
Beach day on the horizon? The Texturized Canvas Mini Tote has a stylish design and provides maximum durability.
Durability is important—when we make a purchase, we want it to last. When you purchase a canvas tote bag, you can bet that you’ll get some years out of it!
There Are Many Eco-Friendly Choices
If there’s one thing we love, it’s sustainability in fashion.
In fact, one of our biggest initiatives is our partnership with #tide to create stylish watches made from ocean plastics—it only makes sense that we would love fashionable tote bags made from eco-friendly materials!
Not all tote bags are created equal—however, those made from canvas, which is known for being an eco-friendly material, make for great eco-friendly options when you want to lessen your impact on the environment.
There’s a Style For Everyone!
The tote bag truly comes in just about any style you can think of and can serve any occasion.
From the basic canvas tote bags given out at trade shows all the way to luxury bags that complement your most formal outfits, you can find a tote bag style to suit anyone’s tastes. It all depends on what you’re looking for.
Some people prefer a larger tote bag—these provide a high level of functionality and allow those who have more in the everyday carry to lug everything around with ease. Others prefer the fashionable side of tote bags and may want a smaller option that allows the rest of their outfit to shine.
Not every tote bag needs to be large and in charge. This Pocket Tote from Anne Klein provides all the functionality you need in a compact package.