Big Bag Energy: The totes you need in your life

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The autumn/winter 23 collections called it: mini bags are out! It's all about BBE (big bag energy) this season, and celebrities agree.

The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Gigi Hadid and Angelina Jolie, have all been spotted out and about with much larger arm candy, a clear signal this is not a fashion drill.

This season, however, any old tote bag just won’t do, as elevated styles are reigning supreme. Think leather fabrications, upgraded detailing like quilting and woven designs and understated logos. 

Jennifer Lawrence’s tote bag of choice from Loewe is the perfect example of the new tote wave. Made of soft yet durable leather, the geometric puzzle design is understated yet iconic. Plus, it cleverly folds flat with an origami inspired design for easy storage when you're not using it, offering the perfect combination of practicality and style. 

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But, the new tote bag wave doesn’t mean logo designs are totally off the table. Celine’s Triomphe print tote, as chosen by Angelina, is a great take on the elusive quiet luxury trend.

Saint Laurent’s quilted style still taps into the elevated mood without hiding their designer credentials. To pull off this look, make your bag the focal point of your outfit so it still feels sophisticated and opt for muted tones rather than anything too bright or garish.

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Toteme, Khaite and The Row prove once again that you don't need to reinvent the fashion wheel for a timeless style you'll want to wear every season. I'm in love with their suede hold-alls in Autumnal tones of chocolate brown and black.

If you’re ready to say goodbye to your mini bag scroll on for our edit of the most stylish elevated tote bags to shop now. 

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Jazzria Harris
Freelance Fashion & Beauty Writer

Jazzria Harris is a freelance fashion and beauty journalist with over 8 years experience working in the industry. At just 4ft 11, she’s an expert in petite dressing and previously wrote the column Jazz’s Short Stories giving tips and advice on dressing for petite proportions. Her wardrobe staples are a great black blazer, a hardworking slip skirt and of course a great pair of heels (for the extra inches, of course). Jazz has written for publications including ELLE UK, heat magazine, Eliza, Women & Home and more.

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