It used to be called the “overspill” bag. Now the additional tote you once grabbed on the way out of the house to carry your uncomfortable shoes, your lunchbox or your umbrella has become a considered fashion item: a Tote 2.0, if you will. The catwalk has taken note, with Dolce Gabbana, Balenciaga and Gucci all putting shopper-style bags on their recent runways; on the high street there are options everywhere from Zara to Cos. This new breed is designed to be worn proudly on your shoulder, not screwed up at the bottom of your handbag for “just in case” moments. It should be big enough to fit at least one basket full of shopping, which doesn’t lend itself to finding your front door keys in a hurry, hence why some call it a “second bag” (you’ll need a smaller bag for your valuables, too). Given that we are collectively ditching single-use plastic, it stands to reason that the Tote 2.0 has become a style statement of its own. Here are eight high-street options that will make excellent everyday companions.
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