A Casual Carryall

I had been searching for a good tote bag for the last few months-something really lightweight, large enough to hold stuff like a newspaper, a book, some purchases if I was shopping- but not as large as the one I use for groceries. Just something I could use while out and about around the city running errands or shopping. Then I came across this interesting article in a recent New York Times Sunday Styles about how cotton tote bags are replacing designer purses as the newest “It” bag. As the article points out, with a cotton tote bag you can make a statement about something you’re interested in-whether it’s a philanthropic cause like Lauren Bush’s FEED bags, or a MOMA bag like SJP sports above. Like a lightbulb going off, I realized a simple cotton tote was just the thing I was looking for! These bags are just so casual and un-pretentious, plus they’re strong and they hold a ton, making them the perfect urban accessory.

When I saw this cool Penguin one I just grabbed it up on an impulse. I love Penguin classics and I just like the simplicity of this:


And when my sister went to Scotland last year, she picked up this cool Marks and Spencer organic cotton Twiggy tote for my Mom:

Unfortunately, my Mom is not likely to give that one up anytime soon!

And look, the head of the most fashionable design house in the world was even seen rocking one with a very important message:

How funny is that? Nice to know he doesn’t take himself TOO seriously!

What do you guys think of cotton totes?

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12 comments

  1. Punctuation Mark says: December 28, 2011

    they are super comfortable… i love them!!!

  2. Sally says: December 28, 2011

    I love totes but I have wayyyy too many. Once saw a DIY that suggested sewing them into throw pillows. I'm hoping to get around to it one of these days!

  3. Lisa Marie says: December 28, 2011

    'Karl Who' is seriously cracking me up! What I like about tote bags is that you can 'advertise' who you are in a way – by supporting a charity or picking one that represents something you love, like your penguin bag!!

  4. Paolita@BerryHaute says: December 28, 2011

    Love cotton totes, I usually carry my "gifted" Kiehls one.
    Cute blog definitely worth a follow through Bloglovin, will be looking forward to your posts.
    BerryHaute

  5. Under the Fluorescents says: December 28, 2011

    i actually laughed at the last picture!

    http://underthefluorescents.blogspot.com/

  6. Head to Toe Chic says: December 28, 2011

    I love cotton totes and the last picture! Following your blog and can't wait to see more posts!

    -Angela
    Headtotoechic.blogspot.com

  7. Melissa Blake says: December 28, 2011

    My mom uses lots of cotton totes and loves them! I love the Penguin one! xoxo

  8. Nicole says: December 28, 2011

    Cotton totes are so adorable & so chic yet also easy to carry! Definitely on the search for a cute one starting: now. hehe

    xoxoxo

  9. bevy says: December 29, 2011

    That twiggy tote is totes cute! Glad to hear I don't have to spend all my money on a designer bag now, just a stylish tote!

    Thanks for visiting my blog recently! I'm happy to see new readers!

  10. Amy @ Five Kinds of Happy says: December 29, 2011

    They are so practical and often more environmentally friendly too. Good to hear they are the new it bag!

  11. just me says: December 29, 2011

    like them and also looking for tote bag 😉

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  12. jenn says: March 11, 2017

    hi i thought i would let you know i am selling a bag exactly like the one you got your mum if you know anyone interested in the twiggy bag,
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252807442891?

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