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Upgrade your accessory arsenal with a classic tote bag

Bijou bags may be irresistibly chic, but the reality is that we often need something with a lot more room for our daily essentials. So how can you combine practicality with style? Invest in one of these perfectly sized tote bags…

Bags, clockwise from left: Bottega Veneta, Loewe and Gucci

The phrase ‘investment piece’ gets bandied around rather a lot in relation to fashion, and yet few items truly boast the beauty, permanence and durability deserving of the title. That being said, one accessory that does tick all the boxes is the classic tote bag. This enduring style has become a classic, thanks to its deft blend of polish and practicality.

Understated, streamlined and, crucially, capacious, it makes a faultless addition to any outfit – and promises to fit all your daily essentials. Hectic days spent running across the city between meetings and events might feel like a lifetime ago, but with countries across the world hoping to return to some semblance of normality within the next year, the pace of day-to-day life is sure to start ramping up again soon. Stay one step ahead by adding a chic tote to your accessory arsenal now.

Pared-back designs, championed by The Row, Gucci and Bottega Veneta (whose creative director, Daniel Lee, experimented with an oversized take on the brand’s signature intrecciato leather to create totes that are both timely and timeless), are sure to occupy a hallowed place in your closet for seasons to come. For now, let these covetable pieces elevate your lockdown look. Pair yours with oversized tailoring and denim to make trips to the supermarket and picnics in your local park infinitely more stylish.