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When it comes to tote bags, every size is a good size. You just need to focus on choosing a tote bag size according to your tote-ables and plans for the day, as well as your personal aesthetic. Since these bags come in all shapes, colors, materials and sizes, remember to have fun when you're selecting your pick for the day. The simple shape works with everything -- it's in the details where the real fun happens.
When an oversize tote is the ideal tote for your situation, you're hauling some serious goods and a tote lets you do it in style. Let's say you're on your way to the beach -- towel, lotion, magazines, books, transistor radio ... you get the idea. Grab an oversize tote that will carry everything within quick reach. Then again, maybe you're on your way for an overnight stay at your aunt's house. Pajamas, cosmetics bag, a change of clothes and that work you dragged home from the office -- it all fits and you're free from the not-so-chic world of duffel bags.
You know the large tote. It's the beautiful bag you see women carrying that looks almost too big for daily use, but it's so chic -- and it has just enough room for a wallet, a bottle of water and a small laptop. When your day is super full, a large tote is the ticket. Visualize yourself in a navy tunic over dark-rinse skinny jeans. Slide your feet into gray booties and throw a large cream leather tote over your shoulder. Adorable.
An everyday medium tote bag is the one that you grab for housing all of your necessities nicely. It's not overflowing to the point that your lip gloss comes flying out when you need your credit card, nor is it so big that your items are floating willy-nilly in the very bottom. It's the size of an old-fashioned doctor's bag, and you can carry this lovely tote over your forearm as a chic yet functional accessory. Visualize yourself in a gray cashmere crew neck sweater, black straight-leg jeans, black suede high-heel ankle boots and a light gray tote -- perfect.
You've probably had one of those moments when you're reaching for a clutch, only to realize that its lack of handles will not work for an entire day. Your solution is a mini tote. Complete with a small body size and hold-able handles, it's everything you need to carry a few items in both comfort and style. Imagine yourself in a wine-hued sheath dress and black flats with a black leather tote in hand. Super posh.