Glamorous Versatility : TOTE BAG FOR EVERY PRICE POINT


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Tuesday, April 10, 2018


Let's talk about my most used type of bag...TOTES.  It's the style of handbag I use 90% of the time.  It fits my all the different aspects of my life.  What I love most about totes is I can fit so many items yet, but still be fashionable.
If you are a busy woman juggling many different tasks then you need a tote.  It typically has multiple pockets, roomy, and allows me to include all my mom life items in it.  Keep in mind totes typically are larger in size, so they aren't the most ideal night on the town bag.  I wear totes when I am running errands, going to kids activities, and even to work. 
I have tote bags in all price points and I love each for many different reasons.  Are you wondering which price range you should purchase?  I am sharing my review of each price point below!


Budget-friendly:  Blush color tote Rowan - Target

Cost: $24.99
Pros: The price is clearly amazing.  I love totes that are fashionable but don't put a dent into your pockets.  This price point is perfect if you want if you aren't ready to commit financially to a more expensive tote bag.  To be honest this bag is a fraction of the cost, but still accomplishes the same things as my more expensive bags.  Let's face, Target is great at making budget-friendly items that still feel quality.
Cons:  This tote is a little on the small side for my mom life, but I still love it. Another thing is while the quality is not bad, the bottom is showing some signs of wear sooner than my other totes.
Historically, when I get handbags in this price point they start to lose their shape quicker and/or easily get creases.  I find I have to replace this price point handbag almost seasonally. 
Be prepared that you will have to replace them probably quicker than a pricier brand.  But honestly with the price it doesn't really matter. 
Middle of the road tote:  Metallic Gold color tote McGraw- Tory Burch

Cost: $398
Pros: Tory burch is great at being affordable enough that you can attain one of their bags, yet still give luxury quality. The quality is great, and there is a ton of room is this tote.  I chose the metallic color because I think it is perfect way to jazz up a neutral. Also with this metallic it allows you to dress this tote up or down.  
I personally love Tory burch totes because the style can so easily transition from Work/Night.  In contrast I never bring my Neverfull to work with me.  Tory Burch truly makes bags for the every day versatile woman. Grant it I am biased because Tory Burch is probably one of my favorite brands.
Cons: I wish this bag had dividers. Another con is I need my totes to be VERY durable because I wear them a ton.  Sometimes getting a tote in a fabric outside Saffiano kind of scares me, I know it is easy to show signs of wear. So far this tote has been holding up well, but definitely not as durable as my Neverfull.
I love the McGraw tote, they come in every color, and perfect option if you want quality but not ready to spend Louis Vuitton.  I will definitely be able to get multiple years of wear. 
Splurge tote:  Louis Vuitton GM Neverfull Tote

Cost: $1400

Pros:  The quality of this bag is excellent and durable.  It easily wipes off stains, which is helpful because having 3 kids I am bound to get something on my bag even when I try my hardest. Another added perk is if there is any defect with the bag's leather LV will fix and if it is not repairable they will replace. That is quality! 
I was torn between the MM and GM, but I thought to myself...I work full-time, have 3 kids, and always busy with errands, get the large! I'm only 5"3" so I questioned if it would swallow me.  Surprisingly it still doesn't look too obnoxious in size. 
The feature I think I love the most about this tote is you can cinch the sides, which transform the tote to have more structure.  This makes it a perfect date night bag.  Let's face it everyone has some type of the Neverfull bag. I didn't know if people were just hyping the bag up at first, but now I realize it is worth the investment. 
I can seriously fit everything in this tote. I opted to go with the beige and gray, because I love light neutrals and felt it would fit most with the items in my closet. 
Cons:  There is no divider in this tote, which can be a pain.  Especially since this tote fits so many items, so I find that I am always having to pull everything out to fine one thing! The canvas in the inside stains pretty easily.  I am mindful of what I put in that tote.  If I have makeup I make it a point to put my makeup in a cosmetic tote.  Even with being super careful I still have random smudge marks on the canvas inside. 
I wish the strap was a little more comfy.  Since they are so then they kinda dig into my shoulder.  It is only minor discomfort, but just something you should be aware of! 
Not going to lie the price is steep for a tote, and was definitely something I had to talk my husband into being on board about.  Unless you got it like that, this tote is not something you will just run out and grab.  I did my research on it, and actually wasn't going to get it but then my awesome hubby surprised me with it.  
I will say it is a great tote and my favorite.  My advice is if you would like to splurge on any handbag I strongly recommend doing your research, and read peoples reviews.  I got this tote because I knew I  could get a lot of wear out of it.  Definitely is a staple piece that I will have for many years.  If you want to splurge on a designer bag, research it and make sure that bag is the one for you. 
Overall, there are cute totes at every price point. I can't stress enough NEVER to break the budget just to get a designer bag.  If you are going to use almost your last to pay for a designer bag.  Consider a more budget friendly option.  There are so many that can are cute that can fit your budget. It took me about a year to decide if I really wanted the Neverfull, so take your time. 
Another tip is before splurging on a designer option take it for a test run.  Whether it would borrowing a friends or trying it in the store.  I shop online for about 95% of my items, but when I bought my Neverfull I went to the store to ensure the GM was the best bag for me. For me I was regularly having to buy new totes from Target, that I decided it was time to splurge.
I love totes, and think all of them accomplish generally the same mission.  It's just a matter of which better suits your budget.  From a person that has a tote in every price point, I would definitely say the Neverfull is worth the investment. I have never been a person that needs to be decked out in designer wear, but it is always nice to elevate your wardrobe by getting some staple pieces.

1 comment :

  1. I never considered the replacement speed for my bags, so you've brought up some great points. I rarely switch bags for daily purposes. I carry one bag until a strap breaks or the creases become unsightly. Then, and only then do I switch! lol

    I'm carry a color block tan and black tote from H&M and this is my first time trying a tote without dividers. I'm not sure how I feel about it yet. I definitely have to use smaller pouches to keep things accessible in this bottomless pit of a bag!

    Great review, Taryn!