Leather Tote Bags


Leather tote bags are a must-own in every woman's wardrobe. They're your mega-purse solution - giving you lots of room for your belongings and looking chic!

A leather tote bag will accommodate everything without breaking it down! And that's exactly what we need if we want to squeeze all of our stuff in one place :-) It is the heavy-duty item for all of your daily purposes.

Tan brown chain leather tote bag by Michael Kors
Courtesy of Michael Kors/Zappos

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The spacious, large handheld, easy-to-carry and not least durable bag will carry heavy things such as books, beachwear and other everyday items.

Fashion tote bags can be made from canvas and other fabrics, but leather.. Oh yes, leather is so much more resilient and chic! It's truly made for us who likes high quality fashion items. Not to mention, versatile enough to wear with all of your outfits and color combos. And one of the best things about leather tote bags is that often the strong material is supple and soft to the touch.

This page is dedicated to finding the best leather tote bag for your everyday purposes!


How to Buy a Leather Tote Bag

If you're on a budget, go for faux leather bags

Faux leather tote bag from Yes Style
Courtesy of Yes Style


If you're an animal activist or prefer something cheaper than real leather, go for a faux leather handbag. The artificially made fabric makes it a lot more affordable.

The drawback might be the feel as it's made of plastic to imitate real leather. A good rule of thumb for the faux leather is, the more expensive, the better imitation - and which is very supple and soft to the touch, it's also lighter then genuine leather.

    Mini notebook icon Tip: You can find tote bags that contain a magnetic closure or zipper in the main body inside that stretches out to the other sections. If you're concerned about the security of your things, I highly recommend the zipper option.

Complement your lifestyle and personal style

I personally think that getting your choice of tote handbag right is crucial to achieving a maximum style impact. Your handbag is your calling card - it needs to complement your personal style and not least your lifestyle.

So get the ones you know you need and cover your major daily activities, and not least define your personal style - in this way you won't have a pile of bags that you rarely wear.

If you spend most of your time at the office, get a tote bag for each of your jackets and coats. One simple and tailored for your classic overcoat and slightly hip one for that parka coat.

Dress your body figure

Still photo from Bridewars. Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway with leather tote bag
Courtesy of Bridewars


If you want to look well-polished look for leather tote bags that complement your body shape and size. Important factors are the size, details and where it falls.

Like for example, if you have a full-figure with rounded hips, a tiny bag with thin strap that falls down to that area will only draw attention to that area and make your curves look bigger.

    Mini notebook icon Tip: Use a bag to accentuate parts of your body that you really like. Like if you want more attention to your killer curves, wear a light colored or detailed bag that falls right on the area!

Secure the basics

If you haven't secured a couple of basic medium-scaled (smaller or bigger depending on your body size) leather tote bags - then do it now. Simple, well-designed bags in solid neutrals blend in with all of your outfits, so you really don't need to think twice when you leave the house.

Examples of versatile colors are black, white/cream and brown. And when I say simple and well-designed that means leaving out the fussy details like tassels, prints and other nick-nacks that might look outdated in a few months. However, timeless details that stand the test of time are various leather textures and simple-chic metal hardware, as well as some strap styles.

If you already have a couple of basic handbags and crave for the fun and trendy ones, look for leather tote bags in other yummy colors such as purple, green, blue and red, which blend in with the Fall & Winter season. Solids are easier also easier to mix and match.



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How to Care for Your Leather Tote Bag

Unlike other fabrics, leather needs extra maintenance to look gorgeous.

Here are a couple of tips on how to care for your leather bag:
  • Avoid storing it in plastic bags or other nonporous covers because this will encourage the growth of mildew and bacteria which will end up ruining the leather.
  • Got some stains or food on your leather bag? Then all you need is a damp cloth to wipe it off
  • For maintenance a dampened cheesecloth and leather conditioning cream should be used 3 to 4 times a year to keep the leather looking fine and durable

Mini notebook icon Tip: Got grease or oil on it? A tip I got from an Indian friend of mine really works for this kind of stain - clean it by sprinkling the area with grinded chalkboard powder. Leave it on for 24-hour period.

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