Totally Totes! Let’s get ready to shop or travel.

Tote bags come in all shapes and sizes; tall ones, wide ones, small to oversize and as we emerge from various lockdowns around the world, we’ll be reaching for our totes so we can start to enjoy days out, maybe a bit of shopping or even travel plans! Here you’ll find 10 top tote bags ranging from £26 to over £2000, a bag for every budget. All tick different trends for SS’21, even if you opt for a high street store bags as opposed to a designer brand option. And you’ll even find one especially designed for International Women’s Day this month, raising charity contributions along the way. Let’s start this list of tote bags, from the cheapest to the most expensive.


Vertical stripes always remind me of summer; think furniture from deckchairs to sun loungers. Why not bring this splash of summer into your outfit with a fabric tote bag from Zara. This cotton bag’s beauty comes from its simplicity. Whether popping to the shops or beach, this bag will put you back by £25.99.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Zara fabric tote bag


This March we celebrate International Women’s Day and Mango has teamed up with Mexican artist Ana Leovy. Not only does this organic cotton shopper bag have an eye catching print, it has double handles; short and long. All donations from the sales of this bag will be heading to charity. Price £35.99.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Mango Women’s Day bag


For those of you who love a sports vibe, check out this nylon patchwork tote bag from Adidas in tones of blue (a key colour for SS’21). The Beyond Retro tote bag can be spotted at Urban Outfitters and comes with a crossbody strap. It is available at £45.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Adidas Beyond Retro tote bag

Marc Jacobs

Tote bags don’t have to big and you can rely on Marc Jacobs to bring us fashion forward options. I couldn’t choose between the leather mini traveller bag in lime at £385 and the small traveller in coral, in this season’s mesh trend, for £235. Both deliver on spring and summer freshness.

PB 0110

From Germany, Philip Bree’s leather bags offer clean lines, and if you like your totes tall, rather than wide, check out the AB27 bag in natural leather. Even with this designer’s minimalist design there’s always something interesting and different with the PB bags. Pure elegance. Price £344.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
PB 0110 AB27 tote bag

Kate Spade

For those of you who like a bag with print and love tones of blue (to pair with all shades of denim), head to Kate Spade who has used the signature spade (seen last year in the brand’s bag clasps) as a background with two stripes down the middle. This flower jacquard Everything Stripe large tote bag is priced £350.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Kate Spade Everything Stripe bag

Little Liffner

Take a change from the straight lines of a tote bag and opt for the curved lines of the Tulip tote bag with its textured embossed calf leather. Little Liffner bring us a soft pastel pink which is one of the colours this spring and summer. It comes with a detachable shoulder strap for carrying options. Price £426.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Little Liffner Tulip tote bag


Le Coussin tote bag from Jacquemus is designed to resemble a pillow; how dreamy! This brand always keeps bag design interesting. This bag is a mix of linen and leather, in a classic summer colour way (monochrome) and adds a bit of fun. Price £655.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Jacquemus tote bag

Maison Margiela

For a tote that is a little big different, how about this soft looking neutral bag from French luxury design house Maison Margiela? If you love your soft colours taupe to beige colours, this is the bag to help you follow the toning trend for spring and summer. The Glam Slam cotton tote bag has leather trims, with top handles and shoulder strap. Price £1515.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Maison Margiela Glam Slam tote bag

F is for Fendi

If you want to wear your designer brand on your tote this spring and summer, there’s one brand that you’ll get you recognised, Fendi. The Sunshine straw shopper employs black embroidery to feature the brand’s name which is woven into the straw sides which accent the handles beautifully. This is our most expensive tote bag in this list and will set you back £2150.

10 tote bags from high street to designer
Fendi Sunshine tote bag

There you have it, 10 tote bags from under £100 to over £2000. You’ve got straight lines or curves, small to large bags, catering for all days out when lockdowns are lifted. Feel free to share some of the new tote bags appearing this Spring in the comments section below.

Here’s to lockdown lifting!

Late entries

Two bags that have been spotted since the top tote bag list was created and are too irresistible to exclude are the Striped Rib Knitted bag from Lastframe, price £218 (love a yellow and grey combo!) and the chainmail detail from Paco Rabanne which retro-nods to 1960’s, priced at modern day £890.

Photo credit: Thanks to Bianca Lucas on Unsplash for contemplation of shopping image.

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