The micro bag and bum bag may be on trend, but the carryall is a perennial favourite. After all, today's modern woman can't leave the house without all her makeup, ipad, phone, powerbank charger, keys, cards, sunglasses. And the list goes on.
These carryalls will have room (and more) for all your everyday must-have items, whether for work, travel or the weekend - and they look good too.
Check these out for the next time you need a roomier bag.
ZARA FLAT NATURAL MAXI TOTE BAG, S$69.90
This extra large straw bag from Zara will come in handy on beach days. Its earthy tones will look on point next to a pair of gritty distressed denim shorts and a white blouse that's tied at the waist. Complete the casual flair with sliders.
H&M SHOPPER WITH SCARVES, S$74.95
If you've got spare scarves lying around, tie them around your bag straps to give your piece a boost of colour and to instantly elevate it. Else, you could buy one like this H&M imitation leather bag. Wear this with a navy midi dress for a chic work look.
TOPSHOP ZAMBIA SNAKE SLOUCH TOTE BAG, S$76.90
Slither into the animal print style with this spacious bag that will definitely fit all your daily essentials. You could even keep a pair of flats in it for days where you'll need to walk a lot - cause ain't nobody wants to suffer through high heels all day. Keep your outfit simple with a cream blouse and black trousers.
MANGO METALLIC-EFFECT SHOPPER BAG, S$79.90
Add a little bling and make a big statement with this silver metallic-effect shopper bag from Mango. It also features a matching cosmetic pouch inside so you don't have to rummage through your bag to get your makeup. Pair this with a slinky satin slip dress to play up the metallic factor, and finish with strappy sandals.
CHARLES & KEITH BLACK WHIPSTITCH TRIM TOTE BAG, S$79.90
Charles & Keith took the ordinary tote bag and gave it an edgier, cool girl vibe with the addition of a stylish red whipstitch trim. Unlike a tote, you can wear this versatile number as a shoulder or crossbody bag. Pair it with a soft lace or ruffled dress with a statement chunky belt.
POMELO FASHION PREMIUM LEATHER FOLD OVER HANDBAG - BROWN, S$119
This neutral camel brown bag carries like a hand or shoulder bag but sports a unique silhouette that looks like a cross between a briefcase and a backpack. You can easily match it with any of your work outfits and still look put together.
LONGCHAMP LE PLIAGE LGP TRAVEL BAG, S$455
The iconic Le Pliage bag now comes with Longchamp's first monogram that was debuted by Kendall Jenner. Because the bag is made with canvas, it is a lightweight bag that can easily double as a bag to tote on your holidays - it'll serve as a great piece to lug home your shopping spoils. Pair this with a sharp white pantsuit to accentuate the black and white design.
JACQUEMUS LE GRAND BACI FRINGED RAFFIA MAXI BAG, US$972 (S$1,330.30)
Straw bags are a perennial favourite. So if you really want to stand out from the sea of wicker baskets and bags, go big with this Jacquemus iteration that spans 60cm across. This will easily fit all your beach essentials and a few changes of outfits (we suggest linen dresses, sarongs and kaftans).
BURBERRY BOOK TOTE, S$1,580
One of the many changes that Italian designer Riccardo Tisci did when he took over creative reins of British fashion house Burberry was to create a new monogram titled TB. This boxy leather book tote sports the updated monogram and features thick solid colour stripes that add a contemporary edge to the classic silhouette. This bag is exclusively available at the Burberry Marina Bay Sands store from May 22.
LOEWE PAULA'S CUSHION TOTE, S$1,650
Introduced as part of Loewe's third collaboration with Ibiza boutique Paula's, this roomy tote features fun, whimsical prints inspired by home decor cushions. We suggest complementing the boho vibe of the bag with a flowy prairie dress and a pair of high-heeled mules.
MCM TRAVELER WEEKENDER IN FLIGHT PRINT VISETOS, S$2,190
A lived-in bag is a testament to its quality. But celeb-favourite MCM is proving this and more with a unique twist on its signature Visetos print, with faded luggage sticker details plastered all across this weekender bag. You might just be heading to the gym in your athleisure but who says you can't act like you're heading to your next vacay?
LOUIS VUITTON KEEPALL BANDOULIÈRE 45. PRICE AVAILABLE IN STORE
We can't talk about big bags without including the Louis Vuitton Keepall. Encapsulating the brand's ethos for luxury travel, this black beauty is made with a combination of crocodile and calf leather while the silver hardware gives a polished finish. Run errands on your off days with this and a t-shirt dress and sneaker combo for a sporty chic look.
This article was first published in Her World Online.