Posted: February 18, 2018 5:42am

I fell in love with the oversized Burberry tote last year.

I adore the size and as I am a hoarder I never travel light.  My bag is bursting at the seams and I have dabbled with crossbody bags but unless I can fit a bottle of water comfortably then they just don’t get used. My top tip is you do love a smaller bag is Aurora London.

Burberry Giant Tote
Burberry Giant Tote

Then came Victoria Beckham with her felt cave of a bag.  It is almost akin to a comfort blanket, the key is light weight durable fabrics that wont weigh you down.

Victoria Beckham Duvet Shopper
Victoria Beckham Duvet Shopper

The reality is these bags cost thousands and as they are not leather I don’t think you can justify the price tag.  So I did some investigating to try and find the same style for less.

The Upside bag featured below is such a find.  The navy and stripe colour combination makes it so flexible (it goes with everything) and it just looks so fresh and at £139 it is well priced.  I have used it non-stop for a month now, it is voluminous yet light weight.  I use it everyday and it is great for travelling as it folds down and I will use it at the beach as the material is so practical as you can wipe it down.

Upside Duvet Tote
Upside Duvet Tote
The Upside
The Upside

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The Vee Collective bags are another brand that I discovered at The Place.  The bags are ultra light and fold down yet are well made and finished enough to replace my normal Celine Shopper.  They have a longer strap which converts the bag to a crossbody and they have a handy separate interior bag.  This is a clever bag as they have an anti slip membrane on the strap to stop it slipping off your shoulder. Again the price point is good at £135 for the smaller size and £160 for the larger size.

Vee Collection
Vee Collection

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ASOS have already caught on and have a brilliant holdall for £22 which is featured below.

ASOS OVERSIZED TOTE
ASOS OVERSIZED TOTE

Gap also have a few really well priced options online now.

Also, don’t forget Etsy, there are loads of options from the felt bag below which you can customise.

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I have also found a lovely lady who makes oversized tartan totes to order!  Check out her shop on Etsy, I have placed an order for one the same size as the Burberry tote (featured at the top of the article) but it will cost me a fraction of the price.

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Check out Marks and Spencer – they have a brilliant all weather oversized tote for £39.

Corto Moltedo also make the most glorious totes and some are on sale at the moment.

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Their bigger style bags are here to stay.  I also use a small clutch inside to keep my money, cards, keys and lipstick in one place!

Back in the office this morning and loads of exciting posts written ( much easier to get things done when don’t have the school run and rounds of food making and clearing up..

 

 


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