Sunday, January 15, 2012

Toting Around

If you follow SugarSpiceStyle, you know that I am an avid fan of the shoulder-bag tote. What could possibly be more convenient for shopping, travel, or a low-key day around town? At one point in my life, I was into "switching bags." Don't get me wrong, I have much respect for the person who takes the time to switch her wallet, lip glosses, and the kitchen sink from bag to bag depending on the current outfit. However, I am challenged when it comes to time management and organisation, so the grab-and-go approach is just more functional for me for daytime wear. If you happen to fall into the latter category and want a tote that is casual, versatile, and durable--and, lets not forget!--suggests a sprinkling of some sugar and spice, I highly recommend the following totes. The first two are denim totes; the last two are either PVC or coated canvas. These are all under $500.

denim logo tote by Lanvin, Bergorf Goodman $354

Leopard? check. Ribbon embellishment? check. Piece of Designer Heaven? check. The only thing that could possibly make this bag any better is if it were on sale...and it is! From an original $788, this tote is a notable >50% off. A piece of fashion trivia: Alber Elbaz is the current acclaimed designer at the Lanvin house.

"a perfect state denim dame daydreamer tote" by Juicy Couture, Nordstrom $228

I love the dark wash of this tote and the adorable bow accents. The smaller compartment in the front makes this a very user-friendly tote. I'm also a fan of the Juicy Couture name plate front and center that offers a focal point, considering the symmetry of the bag.

"graffiti signature spade small coal" logo tote by Kate Spade, Kate Spade $295

This tote has SugarSpiceStyle panache in spades! Of all the bags here, this is definitely my favorite, even though it's slightly more limiting because of the pink and red (but I do love the color combination; it's one that started to appear on the runways and fashion mags last season). This bag is a head turner that offers enough aesthetically pleasing visual stimulation for even the most demanding  sensation-seeking fashionista.

"eazy tote" by Marc by Marc Jacobs, ShopBop $228

I can never get enough neon, and neon accents surpisingly work with much more than what you'd expect. As far as durability goes, PVC can't be beat. If you're really hard on your bags, PVC is the way to go. The above Eazy Tote by Marc by Marc Jacobs is shown in Midnight Purple, but is actually black in color with neon yellow/green leather trim. This same style is also availabe in blue with green accents at Nordstrom for $198. Take note of the texture of this bag using the zoom features on each site; the PVC is not smooth but has a haircalf texture. My guess is that this characteristic needs to be "felt out" in person; not a problem since Nordstrom and ShopBop both offer free shipping and free returns on any order!

**As a last note, please do yourself and everyone else who looks at your bag a favor and don't buy bags with white straps. Noone wants to see the discoloration from dirt or oils on your bag. I bought a patent leather white bag from Cole Haan three years ago and have only worn it twice because of not wanting to get it dirty. It's pristine white and looks great, but it wasn't a very practical buy. White bags are a terrible idea for every-day use, even though I love how they look. Just a friendly reminder, ladies. **

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