Tote Bags: Stylish and Functional Carry-All

Bags are both functional and fashionable accessory that women can’t seem to live without. They have bags for different purposes and occasions. There’s a bag they carry to work, one or two styles and designs for an evening out and some other sort of bags for a weekend of strolling and walking. For the latter, women choose function over a bag’s fashion call for weekend bags can take the use and abuse of shopping and a variety of items women need in that specific day. This is what Tote Bags’ main purpose is.

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Tote bags are actually medium to large rectangular or square bags with durable straps or handles for carrying different items. “Tote” means for “to carry all” but these days, it is not used in the same sense. Carry all was used in the 1940’s to describe “shopper bags,” which is just the same as tote bags. These types of bags are perfect for carrying necessary stuff such as books, purses, beachwear and other items.


These days, tote bags are available in different shapes, sizes and colors. While it is unclear what really constitute totes, what’s common between them is that they have on large compartment and is ideal for every use. Some added features of designer tote bags are the protective lining and reinforced straps and corners.

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Chic-luxe look with Michael by Michael Kors

Michael by Michael Kors (MMK) is now available in the Philippines and I am so excited to shop from an actual MMK outlet and to personally see its wide range of collection – bags, dresses, accessories, shoes and more. As Kors loves to jet-set around the world, his designs are mostly inspired by his travels.

The Michael Kors line of clothing is all about season-less dressing, mostly functional and wearable to different functions and occasions from day to night with just a simple change of jacket or accessories. His latest creations for holiday 2012 and resort 2013 are all about opulence mixed with minimalism.

Michael Kors Sequined Maxi Dress  Michael Kors Lounge Shorts
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Different types of bags

Impeccable bags need not be a designer brand or expensive as long as it fits one physique. You will look stylish and classy even with locally made bags that are less expensive.  Elegance in carrying a bag depends on how the bag will complement one’s body figure, outfit, place and occasion.

The following are the different types of bags we usually see around.

The most common bag carried by women is the shoulder bag. It comes in different shapes and sizes and designed to be worn over the shoulder. The large ones generally are compartmentalized with numerous pockets inside and out to hold your vanity kit, keys, notebook, cellphone, purse and more.

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Choosing the right bag for you

Most often, we buy bags not only because of their design and style but because the handbag is the latest and hottest trend in fashion. We, in particular always focus on a designer brand.

my esprit bag

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All-in-One Messenger Bag

Ever since I became a mom I seldom use small shoulder bags when we go out as a family. I get used to carrying a big roomy bag enough to hold a lot of stuff.  Because when you have kids it seems like you have to bring the closet with you when going out for a walk or a jaunt, lol.

And even now that my kids are already 22 and 12 years old, I still want my big bag with me. It ensures me comfort and allows easy access to its contents. I was able to buy myself a new messenger like bag three months ago, a birthday gift for myself.  I love its color and design.  It is also water resistant and durable as I checked on its seams.

What attracted me most are the pockets, I like bags with many pockets and partitions so I can organize my stuffs :). What’s inside my bag? Aside from my beauty kit which only consists of a small comb, pressed powder, lip gloss and lipstick. Other contents are a folded eco-carrier bag, an extra shirt for my youngest hyperactive son, baby powder, alcohol, band aid, safety pin, pen, small notepad, my husband’s mini electronic organizers and my son’s handheld game gadgets (PSP and Nintendo) etc. etc.  What about you do you also prefer big bags?


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