How to Style a Tote Bag

Tote bags are classic stylish accessories that have evolved over time to go from do-it-all carry-alongs to fashionable statement makers. A must-have accessory, tote bags are for anyone looking to blend functionality with fashion. Whether you're hitting the office, heading out for a casual day with friends, or glamming up for a night on the town, these simple handbags are the ultimate style chameleons that effortlessly adapt to any occasion.

While their versatility is endless, you might be wondering, “How do I style a tote bag to fit in with my personal style?”. Luckily for you, we’re here to offer you tips and tricks on how to wear these accessories day after day, without getting bored. So, grab your favorite Latico Leathers tote (or prepare to fall in love with a new one) and let's explore tote bag styling!

Tote Bags: Everything You Need to Know

First things first, let's talk about what a tote bag actually is. A tote bag is a large, versatile bag with parallel handles that extend from the sides of the bag, sometimes with or without a top closure. They come in a variety of materials, from classic canvas to luxurious, full grain leather, and are known for their roomy interiors – making them perfect for carrying everything from your daily essentials to an impromptu grocery run.

The materials and construction of tote bags play an essential role in their durability and appeal. Latico’s high-quality tote bags are made with leather, making them easy to transition from day to night, while still looking good. No matter the material, tote bags are designed to withstand the test of time, making them a long-lasting addition to your closet.

Types of tote bags

While tote bags can pair well with any occasion or style, they aren't always one-size-fits-all. They come in a wide range of styles, each catering to different occasions and personal tastes. Canvas tote bags bring a laid-back vibe to your ensemble and are perfect for beach outings or farmers’ markets. Designer tote bags add a touch of luxury to your everyday look, making even the simplest outfit stand out, but can be on the pricier side. And leather tote bags go with every outfit and can transition between multiple activities, all while lasting you for years down the road.

When it comes to choosing the right tote bag for all your outings, it's all about balance. Need something that transitions seamlessly from your 9-to-5 to after-work drinks? Opt for a structured leather tote that complements your office attire while adding a touch of elegance like the Mar Tote/Shoulder Bag. Planning a night out with friends? A smaller, embellished tote bag can be the ideal accessory to elevate your look. Try the Milano Tote/Crossbody that comes in a portable size and has a woven leather detail on the exterior for a unique, elevated touch.

How to Style Tote Bags with Any Outfit

Casual Looks

For those casual days, pairing a tote bag with your go-to blue or black jeans and a comfy graphic tee is a perfect match. Opt for a canvas tote in a fun color like the Greta Tote in orange or a patterned bag like the Greta Tie Dye to add a pop of personality to your outfit. Heading to the farmers' market? A large, sturdy tote can easily carry your fresh produce while effortlessly complementing your laid-back style.

office chic

Who said tote bags can't be office-appropriate? A leather tote bag can be the perfect addition to your professional wardrobe, with lots of room to carry all your day-time items. Choose a neutral hue that pairs well with your work outfits and can also easily store your laptop, notebook, and other essentials in style. The Colin Tote/Crossbody comes in classic colors like cognac and black, but also is available in bright tones like lemon, orange and sky blue to suit a wide range of personal styles.

Nights Out

Yes, tote bags can absolutely accompany you on nights out! Opt for a smaller tote with unique details like metallic accents or intricate detailing like the Jagger Tote/Crossbody, which comes with stud details on the outside leather for a bold look. This stylish accessory can hold your essentials with a magnetic snap closure and hidden cell phone pocket while adding a touch of glamor to your outfit. Pair it with a little black dress, a red lipstick, and your favorite heels for a winning combination.

How to Pair Your Tote Bag with Accessories

coordinating with footwear

Pairing your tote bag with the right footwear is essential to elevate your overall look. If you're going for a casual vibe, sandals or sneakers can perfectly be worn with a larger tote bag such as the Dalton tote/crossbody for weekend errand runs. For a more polished look, heeled boots or classic pumps are the way to go when carrying a leather tote that has a more sleek vibe. Check out the Margie tote in all black or cobra colors for a more elevated look.

syncing with other accessories

When it comes to accessories, striking the right balance is key. If you're wearing statement jewelry, opt for a more understated tote to avoid overwhelming your ensemble. On the other hand, if you're rocking a simple necklace or bracelet, don't hesitate to choose a bag with a unique texture or pattern to add intrigue to your overall look.

In the ever-evolving world of fashion, tote bags have an enduring, chic appeal and still maintain their title as super versatile accessories. From casual outings like picnic lunches to office days and nights out with friends, tote bags do double duty as practical carriers and statement-making accessories.

If you’re exploring how to style a tote bag, remember that fashion is all about having fun and expressing yourself. Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles, materials, and combinations. Tote bags are your canvas, and your outfit can adapt and change with you, no matter if you’re into the coastal grandma preppier look one day and want to embrace only minimalist neutral colors the next. Let your tote bag be an extension of your unique style, ready to embrace every adventure by your side!

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