Totes vs. Shoulder Bags

In a world brimming with choices, finding the right bag is more important than ever. It’s not just about carrying your essentials; it’s about making a statement, a reflection of your style and personality. Enter the era where fashion meets functionality, and the spotlight shines on shoulder bags and totes.

Shoulder Bag: A Fashion Must-Have

What is a shoulder bag? A shoulder bag is a type of handbag that effortlessly slings over one shoulder, snugly nestled against your side. That is the quintessential shoulder bag. Compact, chic, and ready for anything.

Types of Shoulder Bags

Most handbags & purses hang over at least one shoulder, so there are (in theory) hundreds of different types of shoulder bags, but these are the main ones:

Messenger Bag: Crossbody charm for the multitasker, with room for all your essentials and then some. From bustling work days to weekend adventures, messenger bags can keep up with everything. Its crossbody design ensures you can conquer the world hands-free, while its ample space keeps your essentials organized and accessible.

Tote Bag: Open, spacious, and boasting sturdy handles - tote bags are the epitome of versatility. They effortlessly transition from work to play. Carry your laptop, a change of shoes, or even your latest read - the tote bag can handle it all. It's the go-to choice for everyone on the move, offering both style and practicality in one package.

Hobo Bag: Embracing its slouchy, crescent-shaped glory, the hobo bag exudes casual elegance. Whether you're strolling through the city streets or meeting friends for a leisurely brunch, hobo style bags add an air of relaxed sophistication to any ensemble. Its crescent shape molds to your body, providing both comfort and style in one fabulous package.

Satchel Bag: Structure meets style with a top handle and a long shoulder strap - a nod to sophisticated fashion. The structured form exudes confidence and elegance. Whether you're sealing deals in the boardroom or enjoying a night out, the satchel is a timeless accessory that won’t ever go out of style.

Bucket Bag: A structured bottom and a drawstring closure for the fashion-forward adventurer. The bucket bag is not just a fashion statement; it's a declaration of your adventurous spirit. With its unique design featuring a structured bottom and drawstring closure, it combines form and function seamlessly. Picture yourself exploring new places with this stylish companion by your side, ready to conquer any terrain.


Leather: Durable and super stylish, leather exudes timeless elegance. Latico bags are made from buttery-soft full grain leather. Whether in classic black or a rich, earthy tone, a leather bag is an investment that ages beautifully, becoming an iconic part of your wardrobe.

Quilted: Add a touch of glam to your ensemble with intricate quilted patterns. It's like carrying a piece of art on your arm, elevating even the simplest outfit to style star status.

Chain: Elevate your look with a dash of sophistication and a sprinkle of glamor. Chain details add a touch of edge and luxury to your bag, making a statement that commands attention.

Print: Unleash your wild side with fun prints like animal motifs or classic stripes. It's a playful way to express your personality and add a pop of excitement to your look.

Minimalist: Clean lines and simplicity redefine modern elegance. Sometimes, less is more, and a minimalist bag allows your outfit and personal style to take center stage.

Tote: A Larger and More Versatile Option

What is a Tote Bag? A tote bag is a spacious, hand-carried or slung over the arm. They're your best friend for all occasions.


Canvas: Durable, customizable, and ready to accompany you on your urban adventures. Whether you opt for a classic neutral or a bold, vibrant hue, a canvas tote is a versatile companion that complements any outfit.

Leather: Timeless, sleek, and a statement piece in its own right. A leather tote is not just a bag; it's a symbol of sophistication and enduring style. It's an investment that pays off in compliments and longevity.

Beach: Waterproof and spacious, perfect for sandy escapades. Heading for a day of sun, surf, and sand? A beach tote ensures you have all your seaside essentials within easy reach, all while looking effortlessly chic.

Reversible: Why settle for one design when you can have two in one? A reversible tote offers the ultimate in versatility, allowing you to switch up your look in seconds. It's like having two bags in one, adapting to your ever-changing style.


Classic: Timeless design meets modern functionality with a trusty zippered top. It's a staple for a reason - reliable, elegant, and ready to take on whatever your day brings.

Tote Backpacks: Practicality marries style, making it a commuter's dream. Whether you're navigating city streets or trekking through airports, a tote backpack ensures you do it with ease and flair.

Structured: For a formal touch, opt for compartments and an organized interior. A structured tote means business, making it an ideal choice for professional settings where style meets function.

Oversized: When it comes to carrying, bigger is often better! An oversized tote is the answer to those days when you need to bring everything and the kitchen sink. It's the ultimate shopping companion and travel essential.

A Side-by-Side Comparison of Shoulder Bags and Totes


Shoulder Bags: Shoulder bags come in leather, which is tough, stylish and is a classic choice that withstands the test of time. Canvas is study, reliable and casually cool, ready to take on the hustle and bustle of urban life with style. Nylon is feather-light and ready for those on the go days when versatility and durability are important.

Totes: Tote bags also come in a variety of materials. Leather is again, stylish and built to last, giving the bag a subtle, yet sophisticated feel. Canvas is eco-friendly, super tough, and a sustainable choice that aligns with your values while offering unmatched durability. Cotton is soft, breathable and biodegradable- a natural choice that blends style and sustainability.


Shoulder Bags: Small shoulder bags are perfect for minimalistic outings, offering enough space for just the essentials. Mid-sized options strike a balance, providing room for daily necessities without compromising style, making them ideal companions for everyday adventures. On the other hand, large shoulder bags are the ultimate statement pieces, capable of holding everything you need for a day filled with endless possibilities.

Totes: A small tote is compact yet able to carry your essentials, making it perfect for quick, stylish errands. A medium-sized tote steps up as your everyday companion, with ample space for both daily necessities and even a laptop, making it an ideal workhorse for conquering your day. And a large tote is the ultimate multitasker, catering to jet-setters and those tackling big tasks like grocery shopping, offering abundant space and versatility for any challenge life presents.


Shoulder Bags: A well-designed shoulder bag ensures even weight distribution, providing comfort and preventing strain during long outings. Adjustable straps offer a customizable fit, accommodating individual preferences for a snug or looser hang. Additionally, the versatility of carrying methods allows you to switch between one-shoulder or crossbody styles, letting you find your perfect comfort and look effortlessly.

Totes: A well-constructed tote is designed to be lightweight, ensuring that it remains comfortable even when packed with essentials, avoiding any unnecessary strain on your shoulders. The spacious interior of a tote bag allows for balanced weight distribution, enhancing comfort throughout the day. With various sizes available, from compact to roomy, there's a tote to suit individual comfort preferences, ensuring you feel fabulous and at ease, regardless of your daily activities.

Versatility in Fashion

Shoulder Bags: They are the epitome of versatility, offering multiple stylish ways to wear them - from on the shoulder to across the body, allowing you to effortlessly switch up your look to match your mood and outfit. They are suitable for a wide range of occasions, from casual coffee catch-ups to glamorous evening events. With a diverse array of styles available, from classic to trendy, edgy to elegant, there's a shoulder bag to cater to everyone’s unique tastes and preferences.

Totes: Tote bags offer plenty of space for all your daily essentials, making them suitable for various activities, from work to leisurely outings. They effortlessly transition between professional settings and casual occasions, showcasing their versatility as a go-to accessory for the modern woman on the move. With a wide range of materials and designs available, including timeless leather and eco-friendly canvas, tote bags allow you to express your individual style and values through your choice of accessory.

In the fashion world, your handbag is the accessory that can tie your whole look together. Whether you're Team Shoulder or Team Tote, remember - it's not just about trends; it's about what makes you feel your best. So, weigh your options, consider your personal style, the occasion, and of course, the functionality. Latico Leathers offers a range of options to suit every personality and occasion. Choose the one that resonates with you, and let your bag be an extension of your unique style!