A handbag is a classic accessory and looks good for any occasion, while a clutch works great for a posh evening out. But for days when you need to store more than your phone and wallet — and we don’t mean just your laptop and work papers, we also mean your shopping stash from some much-needed retail therapy because you’re #ecoconscious — a shopper or tote bag is hands down the way to go.
Below, we’ve rounded up 12 pieces you can rock. While the rest of the women are carrying compact pieces and struggling to survive on bare essentials, be that babe who’s free and easy because everything you need is just within grasp.
While most people would go for a plain leather piece because they want to be safe, be that sassy woman in the crowd with this striking Dior Oblique Book Tote that’s neither plain, leather or boring.
We love the embroidered canvas, and although this design comes in dark blue and green, we say opt for the maroon one because you might as well go all the way if you’re going bold.
Faure le Page might be a newcomer to the Singapore scene, but the French label has been around since 1717, so you can be sure they have what it takes.
Known for its expertise with leather craftsmanship, this oversized, printed tote which sports its Ecailles scale motif will be your next ride-or-die bag for days you need everything in your life.
Photo: Faure le Page
As much as we love our bags nice and roomy, we hate that tedious moment of trying to fish for our phone/wallet/tissue packet/lippie from the spacious confines.
This Tom Ford creation, with its modern trapezium silhouette, is just the right size. Bonus: A front pocket for essentials that you can reach in a jiffy.
Photo: Tom Ford
Nothing screams tropical climate more than florals, so this floral printed bag from Gucci is your perfect Singapore-weather companion, especially when worn with a flowy summer dress.
This also comes with a zipped closure to keep prying eyes (and hands) away from your shopping hauls.
The Row founded by the Olsen twins is known for its minimalist, clean aesthetic. This tote bag is no different, with a cool bronzed colourway that mimics a well-seasoned and cherished vintage bag.
You say plain, we say eternally classic.
Photo: The Row
The beloved Tag Tote from Resort ‘19 got a size update because big is always better. We love the addition of top handles which makes this bag a versatile piece.
Sling it over your shoulder or hang it at the crook of your arm — either way, this sophisticated bag gives off a relaxed air that fits a loose maxi dress and sandals ensemble.
Photo: Marc Jacobs
The hippie tie dye trend is back in full force this S/S’19. But if this edgy style is too much to wear all at once, experiment with this Zara tie-dye bag.
It’ll add a touch of street ruggedness to your athleisure outfits and store your yoga essentials perfectly.
Pom poms on a bag are like chocolate truffle shavings on top of a dessert — they aren’t exactly necessary but they are the cherry on top of an awesome bag. Definitely a conversation starter too, when you let it pop against a linen dress and sun hat.
Photo: Pomelo Fashion
Made with nylon, this lightweight carrier (only 230 grams!) is a great carry-on and sits nice and pretty on your trolley luggage. You’re gonna love its practicality, especially when you’re in need of some space for your extra vacay “momentos”.
This Charles & Keith bag allows you to get on the plastic fashion trend while adding a summery pop of yellow to your ensemble — talk about killing two birds with one stone.
We love that it’s in a palatable eggshell yellow shade which is milder and easier to match, compared to its too-bright and jarring cousin, the sunflower yellow.
Photo: Charles & Keith
In a classy shade of white with sophisticated gold accents from its hardware, there’s really nothing we can complain about this functional yet stylish tote. Just don’t eat anything near it.