How to Style a Tote Bag

Tote bags are classically stylish accessories that have evolved from do-it-all carry-alongs into fashionable statement makers. A must-have accessory, a tote bag is perfect 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.

But how to style a tote bag? While their versatility is endless, you might wonder how to incorporate one into your style. Lucky for you, we’re here to offer tips and tricks on how to wear these accessories day after day without getting bored. 

So, grab your favorite Latico tote bag (or prepare to fall in love with a new one), and let's explore tote bag styling!

Tote Bags: The Basics You Need to Know

First things first, let's talk about what a tote bag 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 various materials, from classic canvas to luxurious, full-grain leather. They are known for their roomy interiors, perfect for carrying your daily essentials or accompanying you on an impromptu grocery run.

The materials and construction of tote bags play an essential role in their durability and appeal. Latico’s high-quality totes are made with sustainable leather, ensuring they still look good as you easily transition your style from day to night. A well-crafted tote bag will stand the test of time, making this style a long-lasting addition to your closet.

Types of tote bags

Tote bags pair well with any occasion or style but aren't always one-size-fits-all. They come in a wide range of styles, each catering to different occasions and personal tastes:

  • A canvas tote bag will bring a laid-back vibe to your ensemble and is perfect for beach outings or trips to farmers’ markets. 
  • A designer tote bag adds a touch of luxury to your everyday look and will make even the simplest outfit stand out, although these styles can be pricier.
  • A leather tote bag will go with every outfit and can transition seamlessly between multiple activities — plus, it will last you for years and years.

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 like the Mar tote, which will complement your office attire while adding a touch of elegance. 

Are you planning a night out with friends? A smaller, embellished tote bag can be the ideal accessory to elevate your look. Try the Milano tote, which you can wear as a crossbody bag. It comes in an ultra-portable size and has a woven leather detail on the exterior for a unique, elevated touch.

How to Style Tote Bags with Any Outfit

One of the most beautiful things about a quality tote bag is that you can pair it with various outfits. Not only does this ensure you look stylish 24/7, but it’s also convenient since it means less bag-switching. Below, we offer some inspiration about how your trusty tote can complement casual ensembles, office attire, and a night on the town.


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 bag like the Greta tote to add personality to your outfit. Are you heading to the farmers' market? A large, sturdy tote can easily carry fresh produce while complementing your laid-back style effortlessly.

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 daytime items. 

Choose a neutral hue that pairs well with your work outfits and easily stores your laptop, notebook, and other essentials in style. The Colin tote comes in classic colors like cognac and black but is also available in brighter tones like lemon, orange, and sky blue to suit a wide range of personal tastes.

Nights Out

Yes, tote bags can accompany you on nights out! Opt for a smaller tote with unique details like metallic accents or intricate detailing like the Jagger tote, which comes with stud details on the outside of the 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 bit of black dress, red lipstick, and your favorite heels for a winning combination.

How to Pair Your Tote Bag with Accessories

Of course, you want to pick a tote bag that will play nicely with most other accessories, such as shoes, hats, and jewelry. Keep the below pointers in mind as you plan your next outfit.


Pairing your tote bag with the proper footwear is essential to elevate your overall look. If you want a casual vibe, pull on sandals or sneakers with a giant tote bag like the Dalton tote for weekend errand runs. 

For a more polished look, heeled boots or classic pumps are the way to go when carrying a leather tote with a more sleek vibe. For a sophisticated look, check out the Margie tote in all black or cobra.


Striking the right balance is vital. 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 intrigue your overall look.

In the ever-evolving fashion world, tote bags have an enduring, chic appeal, beloved for their versatility. From casual outings like picnic lunches to days in the office and nights out with friends, tote bags pull double duty as practical 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, whether you’re currently into a coastal preppy look or embracing only minimalist neutral colors. Let your tote bag be an extension of your unique style!

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