The Tote You Can Trust

Ladies, instead of choosing a flimsy fabric tote when deciding on your next handbag (which can sag and dig into your shoulder), invest in something more durable that keeps its shape – like a sturdy pleather, coated canvas or rainproof rubber in a neutral colour (like black, camel or tan) that won’t show dirt and works year-round.

Try this sleek version from Gionni. Look for thick, reinforced handles that are at least two fingers wide – this ensures they won’t stretch out or snap if you’re carrying a heavy load like a laptop or kids essentials.

The right size should be something roughly the size of a cereal box that doesn’t jut out more than six inches from your body.

Make sure that your bag can be easily swung over your shoulder (with the top hitting at the middle of your ribs) but doesn’t drag on the ground if you carry it with one hand.

Gionni has the Alma tote, RRP €60 (pictured) which has a double compartment and long straps. Double kudos for its, this season, sorbet shade.

Available at Shaws and elsewhere nationwide.