The chaotic roller coaster relationship we have with the weather can only mean one thing: spring is coming in full-force. And, of course, with the season of renewal approaching comes the refreshing moment of spring cleaning. It’s almost time to swap your hefty winter staples and reach for something a little more, well, new. Enter: these staple leather totes.
While the leather tote can be worn anytime of the year, it just seems fitting to hold down our breezy spring ensembles with one of these bold bags. Yes, crossbody purses and clutches may be tinier options, but what’s the point when those options just barely fit your essentials? Plus, the sleek luxurious feel of a leather tote gives off a major “boss b*tch” status, making it an accessory that can’t be beat.
But, we’re going above and beyond the mundane classic black: to truly call in the essence of spring, we’re trying on some invigorating textures and hues for an executed styling composition. To put it frankly, these are not your mother’s black leather tote bags.
Intrigued? We thought so. Check out some of our favorite totes of the season, plus some styling tips, below.
For those of you who crave a low-key style, a basic black leather tote is always key. But, give it a more styled approach with one of the hottest trends of the year: logomania. A subtle touch of Balenciaga’s bold-case logo gives this square tote an automatic heir of cool. Wear this bag with a classic over-sized trench, flared jeans, and a statement shoe to keep your outfit interesting.
While not exactly a full-on leather tote bag, this pick is given its furry fringe feel from ultra-cozy calf hair. The blush pink tone gives a lively touch to even your most toned-down springtime outfits, making it the best pick for a cool night out. Let your tote take the lead by pairing it with cool beige and tan tones. To give your #OOTD an unconventional twist, pair this feminine accessory with a utilitarian boot.
The Trend Piece
What could top a classic leather tote? A patent leather tote, of course. Or, more accurately, a patent leather tote by Maison Margiela, donning the fashion haus’s signature numeral logo. It’s the perfect match for the fashion obsessive who wants something a little extra than the average black tote. Tie your casual bag with a laid-back street style look for the ultimate Soho-cool style.
We need to be honest with ourselves: to an extent, we are all hypebeasts. And in the world of the hypebeast, Gucci reigns supreme. Hence this Gucci leather tote: it’s given the classic logo-embossed finish, tied together with the tri-color trimming and golden “GG” hardware. Stay on the Gucci wave by wearing a true-green top and Gucci heels. Trust us—every influencer will approve.
Spring is all about refreshing your aesthetic—and your wardrobe—from the mundane tones of winter to full-on vibrancy. This ecstatic mini leather tote allows you to do just that, with its small demeanor and saturated shade of burnt orange. A versatile choice, it’s the best fit for all occasions: play it down with some raw hem jeans and graphic tee, or give it the sophisticated effect with a floral dress. Top off your outfit with a pair of gold earrings, perfectly matching the leather tote’s touch of metal hardware.
The Bucket Tote
Whether you love them or hate them, bucket totes are here to stay. And if you want your bucket tote to truly resemble—um, a bucket—then grab this metallic number. Diverging into both literal and playful perspectives, this teeny tote makes a large statement, all while staying on-trend with its metallic silver finish. Pair it with a humble combination of olive greens and off-whites to let your mini leather tote bag shine.
A Color-Block Moment
Give your inner bohemian a chance to breathe (without feeling tacky) by rocking this color-blocked tote. It calls in ethereal tones that surprisingly clash against one another, creating a mix of edgy and dainty, making it a versatile contender for your spring wardrobe. Because, let’s face the facts: a bag is an investment, so why not invest in something you can actually wear more than once? Pair with statement earrings and an earth-toned sweater for a modern nod to vintage apparel.
Let’s be real: nothing tops a classic, which is why we love this peak-normcore option. A nylon tote fuses a utilitarian feel with modern style, but it can be given a luxe treatment. Enter: the leather trimmings, which technically makes this a leather tote. Create a mixture of cool and casual with tailored trousers, a comfy graphic hoodie, and another classic: the bucket hat.
PVC is always the mood for spring. If you treat your life like an open book, then proudly show off all of your belongings to everyone on the subway with this transparent tote. And for those of you who crave the fine luxury feel of leather, we got you with the straps and lining. Create a carefully executed athleisure look with a pair of on-trend track pants and a statement teddy bomber.
For a truly unconventional aesthetic, play around with texture and pattern. This Delduca tote is exactly what we’re talking about: while it isn’t leather, it would be a disservice to all of you to not put it on our list. A vibrant, eclectic attitude is exactly what we crave from our spring accessories, and these bright blue tones do more than justice. Pair this beaded tote with a toned-down ensemble: think denim and crisp whites.