A tote bag is one of the most versatile types of handbags you will find. They are available in a variety of materials, from canvas to leather, and run from screen printed company giveaways to ultra-chic designer purses. When determining the best bag for you there are many traits you will need to decide on.
The way we dress and the accessories we use to complement our outfits make a statement or two on how we feel about ourselves. Do you want to dress to impress or are you in a casual mood after maintaining business attire all week? If you take the time to check the following features it will make shopping for just the right tote a much more fun experience.
1. Size – are you looking for a large roomy bag or do you like small tote bags? If you do a lot of traveling you may want to invest in a sturdy large bag whereas if you need a purse that can go from meeting a friend for coffee to a dinner date and a movie you can get away with a sweet little bag. There are a number of small totes so you won’t have any trouble finding just the right one.
2. Work or play – many companies create fun and functional bags they give away at trade shows so that having their name and logo emblazoned on them gives them free advertising. Students use special school totes to carry their books and special projects around to their classrooms and the library. And you can get everything you need for a fun afternoon at the beach in an oversized waterproof tote.
3. Material – man-made materials are going to be economical but if you want a timeless purse that will never go out of style, it would be wise to invest in a real leather black tote bag. Keep in mind that a simple style will work with just about any little black dress.
4. Designer – here you have your choice of professional fashion designers or high-profile entertainers who have created their own line of handbags. You may already have a favorite designer or wanted to just try a lesser-known stylist just for fun.
5. Cost – designer items are usually the most expensive but there are also sites where you can get a high-priced accessory that has a lower price tag because it has been gently used. Many department stores do offer sales even on their posher lines.
Once you figure out specifically what you plan on using your tote bag for, what color and size you need to accommodate your possessions, and how much you can afford to spend on your carryall and still stay in your budget you can narrow a wide assortment of bags down making it easier to make your final selection. Whatever you decide, make sure it reflects your personal style and it makes you happy when you are carrying it around.