So exactly what is a handbag tote? The tote is an open-top, bag with long shoulder straps or lengthy handles. Some straps are longer than others but most usually fall by the waist or around the elbow.
These types of handbags are very popular because they are so flexible and practical—perfect for casual wear. And it used to be that some women felt subconscious for carrying around a large handbag. But not any more because nowadays designers have gotten into the act since they realize that women want a large handbag.
Now you can get elegant, stylish totes that can be worn for more upscale events. And even if you aren’t into designer brands, there are still attractive, reasonably priced non-designer totes in stores.
Tote handbags are big and spacious. That’s why many women opt for the tote or hobo handbag since a lot of handbags on the market are so small—there’s barely room to fit all our essential accessories. After all, we do need space to carry more than just lipstick, mascara and perfume.
Women now need enough room to hold our cell phones, iPods, wallets, our favorite electronic game (yes, we’re into electronic gadgets, too) and magazines just to mention a few items that we just have to carry around. So even though totes are only one or two compartments, a woman donning a tote handbag has a lot of space in which to lug her precious necessities.
Popular materials for tote handbags are leather, tapestry, combination of leather and fabric and canvas to name a few. And they come in almost any color you can imagine. Some totes are made with gorgeous prints. For women who get excited about celebrities, they can get a tote that features celebrities. The animal lover can get a photo of their pet on the tote by simply getting a custom made tote handbag.
Let’s face it; women make a fashion statement with their bags. So when a woman dresses, she has to make sure her handbag complements her outfit. Therefore, the “rules” still apply when carrying a tote, especially making sure you try it on in front of a mirror before you buy.
Remember your handbag can make or break your outfit. So make your handbag tote work for you, not against you.