Fashion Favourites: Summer Tote Bags

Fashion Favourites is a new, semi-regular series on the blog which will cover things I'm loving that week - whether it's one amazing piece or my favourites from a particular shop's current season. Let me know what you think of it and if there's anything you'd like me to feature in the series!

As the weather's getting warmer, I'm shedding my heavy parka for a short trench or blazer, swapping black tights for nude and wearing louder patterns. But my beloved oxblood satchel and treasured black McQueen V&A shopper simply aren't cutting it any more. I want something lighter, brighter, more in keeping with a sunny Sunday afternoon than a wet Monday morning. (I know, summer in Britain lasts about three days and we've probably already had it. But I can dream, right?)

What I want is a tote bag - something slouchy that I can carry most of my life around in, with a cheerful colour scheme and that will work just as well walking round London as it will in Havana or Cornwall. These are my four favourites:
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To paraphrase Miranda Priestley: 'Nautical? For summer? Groundbreaking.' But I'm a little bit in love with this Accessorize bag. The navy and white stripe print and tan straps are a design classic and will go with loads of different outfits, from work to weekends, and it's really spacious inside so will mean I don't need to lug two bags around with me. I like the fact it zips up too for an added bit of security and the pocket on the front makes it easy to find things you need (just me who always ends up stood on my doorstep and scrabbling for keys buried at the bottom of my bag?).

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Zara has been knocking it out of the park recently, and this bright tote is the latest in a long list of things I'm lusting after from them. It's guaranteed to inject sunshine into even the dreariest days, whilst the rope handles give it a beachy air. The addition of a smaller bag inside, as opposed to the more standard inner pocket, means it could be great for holidays too as you won't have an extra bag taking up suitcase space. It doesn't have a zip though so maybe not the best for those who are security-conscious.

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If monochrome is more your thing, then I'd give this Paperchase tote a go. Granted it's not the first place I'd go to for bags, but they actually have some really nice designs; there was a really cute rainbow cloud print rucksack from there I fell in love with a couple of seasons ago. This one is my current favourite of their range. I like how the flash of blue lifts the stripes and the print is exotic enough for a beach break whilst still working for weekend lunches in the sunshine or chilled summer nights out (good when you're taking a bag from work to the pub). And it's on sale - what's not to love?!

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OK, I know that £180 is an insane amount of money to spend on one bag, but this beautiful Kate Spade tote is definitely the one I'd get if money was no object. I really like the grey and yellow colour combination as it looks professional but still has that summery feel, and the striped lining is just gorgeous (you can tell I like stripes can't you?!). Yes it's an investment, but given how difficult it can be to find a smart summer bag I'd say that it's worth considering splurging on this. There's also a black and white version if you want something that would work all year round.

Have you bought a new bag for summer? Which of these four is your favourite?

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