Why you need… A kitchen-sink tote
Pause for a moment and run through the inventory of your schlep to work. If we’re alike, then on a semi-regular basis you’ll pack a mix of mobile phone, keys, laptop, charger(s), diary, notebook, sunglasses, magazine, indoor shoes, lunch, water bottle, lipstick, gym kit… OK, that last one may be rare, but doesn’t your shoulder ache just visualising it? With cargo like this, it’s a wonder we don’t walk into our offices with wheeled carry-on cases gliding by our sides.
Rare is the handbag that can (or should) be expected to cope with a haul of this magnitude. But rather than acknowledge that we’re carrying too much and upscaling our bags, most of us still insist on throwing overflow gear into random canvas totes (sometimes still with kids’ toys or crushed breadsticks at the bottom, for extra ick factor).
It’s time for an upgrade. Say hello to the kitchen-sink tote, so called because it’s large enough for anything you might need to sling into it. Built to accommodate A4 files and laptops, but with far more structure and verve than your average cotton carryall, it’s a smart way to style out your commute.
Keep the regular small essentials in a cross-body handbag and save the bulkier items for this workhorse. It’s got top handles and a shoulder strap for versatility, and just look at that snappy colour combo ( good morning, sunny yellow! Hello, daytime merlot!). It might be just what you need to make the commute more enjoyable. Maple tote bag, £975, Mulberry (mulberry.com)