Tote Bags: From Function to Fashion

When it comes to a fashionable bag for your everyday carry, you have options.

You have  satchel bags to add an elegant touch. There are  crossbody bags for comfortable and convenient carrying. You’ve even got  mini bags that can bridge the gap between a larger purse and a wallet. 

We're big fans of the "function-meets-fashion" movement — Apple Watches with stylish accessories, puffer jackets for the cold weather, and much more. However, it's hard to beat the function of a classy tote bag.

We’re going to dive into some ideal uses for this versatile accessory. But first, let’s look at the history of tote bags. 

History of the Tote Bag 

The history of tote bags can be traced back to the 17th century. Back then, these bags served nothing but a functional purpose, designed to carry personal belongings. In fact, the wordtote itself means to carry. These tote bags were far from a fashion piece. 

Tote bags continued as a utilitarian piece, with brands such as L.L. Bean designing bags to carry large quantities of ice from the car to the freezer. Soon enough, people started using them to carry other items, such as their groceries. However, it wasn’t long before the public saw fashion opportunities stemming from these tote bags.

The 60s saw the first tote bag designs that were considered fashionable. Tote bags kept their high level of functionality while offering attractive designs for women. The bags were also appealing due to the durable nature of the canvas itself. 

Today, tote bags come in a variety of styles, materials, colors, and more. They can be used to make a bold fashion statement, tie a cute outfit together, or as a high-functioning shopping bag. 

Tote Bag Use Cases

One of the most appealing aspects of the tote bag is how versatile it is. Different materials and styles give women the option to select tote bags for several different environments. 

Here are a few different examples of how you can wear a tote bag. 

For Work

The tote bag is perfect for any professional. Women working in a formal environment can opt for an elegant black leather tote bag to match their professional attire. The bag also serves a functional purpose, allowing you to carry work-related items, such as laptops. 

Women who work in a more casual environment but still require a spacious bag have more options at their disposal, from a nylon bag to more ambitious designs, such as snake print. 

For Travel

Travelling often requires additional space for carrying certain items. No matter how far you go, it’s comforting to know that you have your essentials on you.

A stylish tote bag is ideal for traveling, combining style and practicality seamlessly. A simple canvas tote bag would be best suited for those trips down south, while the professional leather tote bag would be best for an outing in the big city. 

For the Beach

How else can you bring all of your favorite beach accessories?

Tote bags provide the necessary space for all of your beach belongings, like sunscreen, towels, snacks, picnic lunches, and more. Their durability also helps endure both the water and the sand. 

Fun tote bag designs and materials, such as straw, make the perfect beach bag for those full-day trips. 

For a Night Out on the Town

You’ve got your outfitnearly on point for a night out with the girls. You’re just missing one small piece to tie it all together. 

A fashionable tote bag can be that missing piece. 

You’ve got several options here. You can go all out with an elegant leather tote bag, or you could keep it casual with more adventurous styles and patterns. 

Anne Klein’s Tote Bag Collection Has Styles for Any Occasion 

We know that certain tote bags are best for specific occasions.

Luckily, the Anne Klein Tote Bag collection has styles to suit the needs of every woman, from black leather tote bags to nylon and even snakeskin prints. 

Shop our collection today and get the tote bag you’ve always wanted. 

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