Minimalist totes under £1200

The past two years has seen the rise of minimalism. I’ve gone from wanting my living space to be filled with cosy decorations and candles to wanting bare walls, plain bedding and only neutral colours surrounding me. I think the appeal of minimalism comes from the aim to live a sustainable, simple life without wasting time or more importantly money on unnecessary things. Minimalism has drastically altered my taste in fashion, causing me leave cheaper trendy pieces of shelves and instead reach for higher quality classic pieces but buy less in total. Recently I’ve been on the look out for a minimalist clean looking bag but one that doesn’t break my purse too much before a long summer of holidays and saving for moving out in 2 months.

Matt & Nat – Orford in Koala £88

Starting with the cheapest and most simple looking bag, let’s talk about Matt & Nat’s Orford bag from their Dwell collection. One could defiantly argue that all of their bags are very minimal in style but this tote stood out to be, almost reminding me of my book bag I would drag to primary school everyday. With 3 compartments it’s perfect for work or college, as you can easily fit a 13″ laptop along with books. Although I usually gravitate to black bags, this creamy stone colour (Koala) seems like it could be extremely versatile against most colour palettes.



Saint Laurent – Large leather tote £645

This Saint Laurent tote is a bag I’ve had my eye on for a while now. Similar to the Matt & Nat bag, they haven’t chosen to make the brand label very obvious at all which is a quality I really appreciate when looking for more minimal bag. This bag has such a basic look but the hint of gold in the small logo and quality of the leather give it a polished feeling. At only £645 it’s such a steal if you’re looking for a larger tote to through everything in .



Stella McCartney – Black Falabella Box East West Tote £ 1,080

I’m always on the search for higher end vegan leather bags so Stella McCartney holds a strong place in my heart. Her original Falabella line has grown on me a lot but still not enough for me to want to buy, however her Falabella Box line has got me obsessed ! The strong structure of the bag looks amazing against the diamond cut chain and kind of reminds me of the Givenchy Antigona with the stiff handles. The only part I dislike about the bag is the absence of a brass chain/gold chain option, but hopefully that will come. If you’re looking for a edgy bag with a minimalist style, this is defiantly a bag for you.



Roksanda –  Neneh leather tote £1,195

This last bag has to be my favorite without doubt. I came across this brand whilst scrolling through Selfridges bag section and have been stalking it ever since. This tote is a bit smaller than the other bags but still has the same structured style. The Neneh bag is made in Italy out of a smooth black leather, perfectly complimenting the Gold hoop handles. The handles are obviously the main focus of the bag, giving the bag a warm tone and creating almost an A line shape when held.




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