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Almost Everything About Tote Bags

Updated on April 9, 2013

Tote bags are great choices for people who want to enhance their clothing experience. Unlike most other fashion accessories, tote bags are often considered a must have for women. It is a staple and fashionable tool that can be used to enhance your overall look, making you even cuter and generally more presentable.

Depending on your style and age, there are many designs of tote bags that are available in the market today that can accommodate your needs. Tote bags are bigger than a purse but definitely smaller than a briefcase. Women on the move will always find them useful because they can be used to carry everyday items, books, documents and etc. There's no denying that they are great accessories that are cute and useful.

Tote bags come in a variety of sizes, designs, colors and styles. Depending on your budget, you should be able to find one that suits your styles and needs. The price for this kind of bag ranges from as low as $20 to as high as few thousands buck. Expensive tote bags are often the branded ones and made of leather.

You do not need to spend a lot when getting one tote bag that meets your needs. Cute tote bags always come in stylish color and simple design and if you don't mind the brand, you can always get one for as low as 35 bucks. It can also be a perfect gift for friends in the book club.

Heart Tote Bag
Heart Tote Bag | Source

On the other hand, if you opt for the leather typed, be prepared to pay more. However, with greater prices come with greater feature. Leathered typed bags are extremely stylish and versatile and with proper caring, it can last long. Totes are generally known to be long lasting and spending your money on one or two will definitely be the best thing that you ever do. It's well money spent!

For teen, tote bags also great for school and they are both practical and stylish. They are also perfect and unique way to stay in style for the fashionable woman on the go. Choosing a perfect tote bag that can fit virtually on every outfit is definitely a good buy. Cute tote bags are not only durable but also a great piece of accessory that fit almost all your fashion needs.

If you are eager to getting one, try looking around and find the one that you like most and of course suits your personality and styles. There are lots of bargain that you can find online, some merchants will even ship them for free if you purchase in a larger quantity. You can also try looking at Amazon for great deals.

Below are a few type of tote bags that can be found on this awesome world:

Women's Tote Bags

One of the bestsellers in the women clothing and accessories department are women’s tote bags. Beside handbag, shoes and clothes, women also love tote bags very much. Tote bags are larger than a purse or handbag but definitely smaller than a briefcase. Most of these bags are made out of leather, canvas, plastic and other fabrics. Tote bags normally have numerous compartments so that you can put different things inside each compartment.

Because of its size that larger than an ordinary bag, you can always carry more things in them. Some of the stuffs that people normally have inside them are books, purse, documents, electronic gadgets, and everyday items. It's the perfect bags for the women on the go. Just slight them over your shoulder and you are ready to go.

If you have a laptop and need to carry it with you when you are on the go, tote bags are definitely the perfect choice. The main reason for this is tote bags are more durable and flexible than other bags. It also can blend easily with most outfits and do not look weird like any other normal laptop bags. Laptop tote bags have a special compartment that specially designed to protect the laptop should a fall occurs. I believe you have seen them at The Starbucks where lots of ladies spend time surfing the internet.

Knomo Tote Bag
Knomo Tote Bag | Source

In short, tote bags are suitable to carry any item when you are on the go, be it a holiday trip or daily trips. Besides accommodating all your needs, tote bags are also a great fashion accessory too. And getting the right tote bag that matches your personality and style will definitely improve your overall outlook.

Here are some tips to follow in case if you are looking for women’s tote bags:

  1. Choose the bag that matches your styles and outfit. If you want to have a ‘more executive’ look, perhaps a leather tote bag will suit you. On the other hand, a canvas or cotton type tote bag give you a more relax feel.
  2. Get clear of how you are going to use the bag. If you are going to carry heavy items inside them, choose a bag that made of strong and durable fabric. Get the perfect size too, not too big or too small.
  3. Some tote bags have a lot of little pockets within it where you can put in small items such as keys, mobile phone, small purse and etc. However, you must organize them neatly or else you will find it hard every time you want to find your stuffs. Small items tend to get lost pretty easily.
  4. Lastly, get a women's tote bag with a sturdy handle so that it can last long; especially if you are going to stuff a lot of things inside it.

Finding the right women's tote bags are not hard, just look around and try it on if you find one. You can also try looking it online before rushing to your nearest shopping malls.

Large Tote Bags

Tote bags are perhaps one of the most useful things that you should have by at least one or two. The term tote, meaning 'to carry' has well defined what kind of bag this is. Most people particular the men always think that tote bags are used only by the ladies. Well, they aren't and depending of the type, they are quite versatile, particular the large tote bags that aren't intended as a fashion accessories.

Large tote bags are very useful for many things. Depending on the material, you can use it to carry any possible things under the sun. I personally use them to pack my dirty laundry before sending them to the shop. I also use them instead of picking a suitcase when going on a short trip. Large tote bags are easier to carry comparing to a briefcase, slide them over your shoulder and you are ready to go.

Normally bags like this will also have several compartments; so that you can easily separate your belongings and not make a mess out of it. While the main compartment is meant for your clothes, the smaller compartments are meant to store those handy items such as electronic gadgets, toiletries and make up pouch.

Oak Oversized Tote Bag
Oak Oversized Tote Bag | Source

Our mother earth is suffering from the global warming now and it is the time for us to do something to it. Instead of using plastic or paper bags when going shopping, you can bring your own tote bags.

What do you think happens to all those plastic bags that we throw away every day? While paper bags break down over time, plastic bags will sit in the land dumps for thousands years to come. They hardly decompose and burning them will definitely hurt the ozone even more.

Once you have determined on how to use your bag, it's time to start looking the right one that suits your need. Tote bags are made of many different kinds of materials and fabrics: nylon, cotton, canvas, leather and etc.

Nylon bags are great if you are heading to the beach or swimming pool, cotton and canvas bags can be used to carry heavy stuffs, while leather bags are quite stylish and long lasting. However, leather bags are more expensive than the others.

Now can you see how useful the large tote bags are? In case if you aren't interested in this kind of bag, please at least use them for shopping and save the environment. Keep a few in handy for this purpose. There is nothing greater than saving the planet for the next generation. By the way, getting large tote bags for this purpose will not cost you much, just head to the grocery store and you will be amazed by the low cost that it bears.

Prada Women's Printed Plastic Tote Bag with Leather Trim, Rosso
Prada Women's Printed Plastic Tote Bag with Leather Trim, Rosso | Source

Plastic Tote Bags

Undoubtedly, one of the fashion accessories that favored by the ladies are plastic tote bags. This kind of tote bag as its name suggest is made of plastic as the main material.

One of the trendiest ones is made of transparent plastic, which you can see-through into it. If you don't mind exposing the items that you have in your bag, this is really a good choice. It's pretty stylish and suitable for those who prefer the girlie look. Well, not all are designed for girlie look; they are also great designs that make a woman look more even ‘woman’. I believe you have seen them in fashion magazines or show.

By the way, plastic tote bags also perfect as beach tote or for outing during the summer. Now one of the best buy that you can have for this kind of bag is Prada Women's Printed Plastic Tote with Leather Trim.

This Prada Features:

  • made of transparent plastic and calfskin leather (double shoulder straps)
  • exclusive printed pattern
  • measure at 15.5" wide by 12.5" tall by 5.5" deep at base
  • made in the city of fashion, Italy. It includes a certificate of authenticity

This Prada tote bag is great at the beach and pool. People will surely envy you for carrying one around. This is a great piece and all you have to do is just look at the workmanship, you will be amazed by it. The Leather engraved Prada label inside the bag affirm you that this is a real deal.

By the way, I'm very happy with this tote bag. Besides bringing it to the beach, I also use it to carry books and personal items.It is big enough to hold whatever else that I needed, especially daily items.

Imprinted Tote Bags

If you are running your own business, giving promotional items to your customers will definitely boast your business. It will not only serve as a good will but also as a branding strategy. One of the things that you can giveaway is imprinted tote bags.

Depending on your budget and the value of your merchandises, you can opt for imprinted canvas tote bags. The price of this tote bag ranges from as low as few dollars to as high as twenty to thirty dollars. Well, that also depends on the size and the customizations that you need to be done on them. Most suppliers will charge you less if you order in bulk.

Tote bags have higher perceived value compares to other items such as pens and notepads. You can put in the items that your customers purchase inside these tote bags. By the way, you can also put in other promotional materials such as leaflets and catalogues inside them.

Imprinted Big Teddy Bear Shopping Tote Bag
Imprinted Big Teddy Bear Shopping Tote Bag | Source

Imprinted tote bags and promotional back packs are suitable for businesses that deal with technology such as electronic gadgets, clothing, gym membership and also big supermarket.

Since people will often re-use these tote bags, your brand will be seen everywhere. This is indeed a great promotion tool that can reinforce your branding strategy. I believe that you have seen people carrying tote bags bearing big names such as Mary Kay, HP, Canon and etc. These businesses have big budgets and the items that sold are quite expensive.

However, you don’t need to have a big budget to give away tote bags. All you need to do is to find a great deal and only give away the imprinted tote bags when your customers’ purchases reach a certain amount. To even keep your cost low, you can also get those bags in the medium size range. They are cheaper compare to the large size.

There are lots of suppliers out there that could supply you with imprinted tote bags for as low as less than four bucks, if you know how to bargain with them. To cut the cost even more, just buy the blank bags and print it yourself with your pc printer. A lot of people do that nowadays, especially small scale businesses.

Now get your brand and logo onto these imprinted tote bags and let your customers become your walking marketing agents for as long as your tote bags last! Mind you they are long lasting.

Do you own at least one tote bag (regardless the type and made)?

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  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks, ally.

  • AllyWally profile image


    6 years ago from Subang, Malaysia

    Love them!

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    A Universal Bag! Thanks Christy for the valuable comment.

  • ChristyWrites profile image

    Christy Birmingham 

    6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    As you say we women do like our tote bags! There are so many options for size and design now, it's great :) Well done.

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Au fait for the valuable comment and votes. I love tote bags very much and yeap that oversized tote, it was the first time I seen one.

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    C E Clark 

    6 years ago from North Texas

    This hub really does have pretty much everything there is to know about tote bags. Very comprehensive. That oversized tote bag in the photo was bigger than the woman carrying it! Had no idea they made such huge ones. Voted up, interesting, and useful!

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Nithya for the valuable comment, sharing and voting.

  • Vellur profile image

    Nithya Venkat 

    6 years ago from Dubai

    Great hub on tote bags. There are so many bags it gets so difficult to choose. Thanks for sharing, voted up.

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    You're absolutely right, mackyi.

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    6 years ago

    The good thing about the cotton tote bags KenuWu, you can even wash them, whenever they get a little dirty.

  • moonlake profile image


    6 years ago from America

    Love tot bags and have all kinds. My sister just sent me a pattern and fabric for a tot she wants me to make, not sure I can. Voted up on your hub.

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Michelle for the comment :)

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    Michelle Liew 

    6 years ago from Singapore

    My mom loves her totes. Thanks for showing us all the different tote bags there are! Sharing!

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Nothing more than true....

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    Life Under Construction 

    6 years ago from Neverland

    i love tote bags..they're really handy and has enough space for all your things.

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Rachna, you are absolutely right! There are the best in the world, even for men!

  • KenWu profile imageAUTHOR


    6 years ago from Malaysia

    Thanks Nell, yeap women love bags and I also love tote too at least when going shopping for groceries. :)

    Thanks, Prasetio, the ladies should love them. Thanks for stopping by :)/

  • prasetio30 profile image


    6 years ago from malang-indonesia

    I was cute. I'll show this hub to my mom and my sister. I know that bag is part of fashion. The problem is how to match this properly. You come up with solution. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!


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    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    We women love our bags! lol! great hub ken, and passing it on! nell


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