Along with the arrival of fall comes a more practical attitude to dressing. Gone are the easy breezy casual days of summer when I could simply throw on a sundress and sandals. With the arrival of Autumn comes back-to-school, crisp cool weather and a more hectic schedule.

Now that my daughter is in pre-school I find I have to carry many more items while we rush out the door in the morning. I need a practical stylish tote with plenty of room for snacks; hand wipes and sippy cups. A chic and roomy brown leather tote will perfectly match my chunky cashmere sweaters and Burberry trench.


The FInd
I’ve found a few styles that I am considering. Dolce & Gabbana Miss Night & Day Tote, (upper left, $1,695.00 at Saks.com). I love the simple but sophisticated design, extra roomy interior. Another plus is soft as butter leather with top ruching and chain-link and leather shoulder straps which make the bag extra durable. On trend with a studded design, the Rebecca Minkoff Stud Devote Glazed Leather Tote (top right, $695.00 at NeimanMarcus.com) has a sturdy shoulder strap and a slouchy silhouette, which I love. The Francesco Biasia Allison Tote (bottom right $568.00 at Bloomingdales.com) is made of a soft glazed leather with double handles AND a detachable shoulder strap. The classic shape of this bag will last me for many seasons and will keep me organized with an interior zip for my keys. There is a cell phone pocket as well so that I don’t loose my iPhone into my bag’s black hole never to be found again. Last up is the MICHAEL Michael Kors Uptown Astor Shoulder Tote in “Luggage” brown, (bottom left, $448 at MichaelKors.com). Another roomy tote with a top handle and shoulder straps for multiple looks. This bag has stud detailing as well, but more subtle than the Rebecca Minkoff Stud Devote. After careful consideration my top pick would be the Francesco Biasia Allison Tote, the classic lines will go well with my favorite Vince cashmere cardigan.

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