(SPOT.ph) Canvas or fabric tote bags used to mostly be free (and they often still are) or else they were an afterthought purchase in an effort to be more eco-friendly. But in recent years, the ubiquitous tote has become an accessory to express one's personality and a fashion statement in its own right. A tote bag is a laid-back, goes-with-anything piece that gives your look an effortlessly stylish touch and is still practical enough for your essentials or even your groceries.
Here are 10 cool tote bags you can shop now:
Pantone Tote Bag (P695) from Bershka
If you think bigger is better, you’ll love this tote from Bershka. This tote is significantly larger than your average and features Pantone’s famous swatch design for a cool minimalist look. Because of its size, this tote is the perfect throw-it-all-in bag that you can grab anytime you’re rushing or if you know you’ll be running errands throughout the day.
See a list of Bershka branches.
Iridescent Tote Bag (P2,995) from Zara
Take a trip back to the early aughts with a transparent bag. This one from Zara has a gorgeous iridescent finish that you won’t be able to take your eyes off. You can pair it with anything and it even comes with a mini pouch in case you need to keep small, loose items.
See a list of Zara branches.
Boba Tea Tote (P369) from Artsy Kit
Love milk tea? Wear your obsession with this tote bag from Artsy Kit, which features a minimalistic boba-inspired illustration. They make tons of cute pop culture-inspired designs featuring cartoons, cute sketches, and silly quotes—canvas tote collectors will love browsing their selection.
Available at Common Room.
Emotional Baggage Tote Bag (P319) from Couch
Tote bags are famous for sporting hugot lines—hey, we all have emotional baggage, right? But at least now you can turn yours into a fashion statement with this tote from Couch. They also make enamel pins that you can use to decorate your bag.
Available at Common Room.
Tie-Dye Tote Bag (P895) from Pull&Bear
We can’t get enough of the straight-out-of-the-'90s tie-dye trend. Rock the look with this tote bag from Pull&Bear decked out in a candy-colored tie-dye pattern. It’s perfect for the beach, or you can use it as a statement piece against a plain outfit.
See a list of Pull&Bear branches.
Soju Is Lyf Tote (P260) from Outlines
As the name of this tote so eloquently states: Soju. Is. Lyf. Show your love for the Korean beverage (or any of your fave bottled drinks) with this bag from local brand Outlines. Their bags and tees feature a signature understated style that you’ll love pairing with all your clothes. You can even grab the matching Soju Is Lyf shirt (sold separately) to complement the tote.
Ayoko Na Di Ko Na Kaya Tote Bag (P150) from Aniya Clothing
Aniya’s bags will make you laugh out loud, but also say “same.” The simple black design on this tote will go with everything, but the big letters and funny message will have people doing a double take on you. Plus, you’ll definitely want to use it as an IG photo accessory—it's too relatable not to share.
Expression Canvas Tote Bag (P189) from LATT LIV
This bag from LÄTT LIV, peppered with different smiling expressions, is perfect for those with intense RBF—at least your bag is smiling for you, right? But seriously, how can you resist those adorable puppy faces? The classic canvas material with a black design is a staple—you can never have too many.
LÄTT LIV has branches at Uptown Mall, Taguig City; The Arete Square, Congressional Avenue, Project 8, Quezon City; Ayala Fairview Terraces, Quezon City; Farmers Plaza, Quezon City; and Festival Mall, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.
Books Are Good Tote Bag (P229) from Artwork
Books and tote bags go hand in hand, especially since most canvas totes give off that nerdy-chic look (some popular ones include the New Yorker totes or even novel-themed totes). Bookworms, you’ll love this one from Artwork—especially if you’re out shopping and accidentally bought one too many new reads.
Philippine Tote Bag in Blue (P199) from Kultura
Totes often feature cool places and destinations so why not show some love for your home turf with this one from Kultura? They’ve got a bunch of Philippine-inspired designs for you to choose from, but we’re currently eyeing this cool retro-slash-tropical one—it looks straight out of a postcard!
Available at Kultura and The SM Store.