Tote Vs Purse

tote vs purse

You can find a tote vs purse in every fabric from luxe leather to liquid-resistant nylon (JIC, we love those), with a variety of straps including single shoulder handles and detachable crossbody ones. They’re often multifunctional, too—with interior compartments for organization and a water bottle pocket to help you keep your cool while shopping or running errands. And they’re stylish as all hell, whether emblazed with your fave logo or impeccably pared-back for those who prefer quiet luxury.

The main difference between a tote and purse is that totes usually open wide, allowing you to easily retrieve what’s inside or even add to it as you shop. Meanwhile, purses typically feature a zip or clasp to keep contents secure. They also tend to be smaller and more defined in shape, making them a great choice for work or formal occasions.



Choosing Between Tote Bags and Purses: Fashion, Function, and Finding Your Perfect Match


Ultimately, it all comes down to personal preference and occasion. For example, the Cuyana tote is a POPSUGAR editor-favorite because it fuses style with athlete-caliber function by adding a neoprene laptop sleeve and other practical bells and whistles to its chic silhouette. Meanwhile, the Dagne Dover Classic Tote gives off Jane Birkin vibes with its sleek silhouette and functional features.

But whatever your pick, there’s a tote for every occasion—be it a simple canvas one that’s perfect for a quick trip to the farmer’s market or an oversized leather number that transitions from work to date night seamlessly. And there’s even a convertible tote that transforms into a backpack on a whim, for when you really need to keep your hands free.

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