3 Key Tips to Purchasing the Perfect Tote!

I have a healthy obsession with bags. I’ll admit it…I am a bag lady. Total bag lady. fashionable bag lady, that is. I take into account several factors when I purchase a new tote. I used to be careless with these types of purchases – I bought what I thought I liked and didn’t really give it any thought. Until one day, I realized that the bags that I was spending my money on were not lasting as long as I wanted them to – they were just the flavour of the week.

Today I am going to give you three tips I use when deciding whether or not to purchase a new bag…


This is probably the most important factor when you are choosing a purse. Wacky, neon, bright colours are GREAT (don’t get me wrong), but they don’t tend to go with everything. Lately, I have been focusing on neutral, soft colours that can easily blend with each look you create. These neutrals don’t just mean black or white – there is a myriad of neutrals that I tend to stick to…white, blush, nude, tan, and black. Of course, if there is a bright coloured tote that you need, I still would say go for it!

3 Key Tips to Purchasing the Perfect Tote! - Pearls and Polkadots


Above all, you want to make sure that your bag will last a long time. Purses are not cheap, and since it potentially is something you are using every day, you need to make sure that you buy from a brand that will uphold the every day traffic that a purse gets! There is nothing worse than buying a brand new bag, only to find in a month that the handles are wearing down because you have carried it every day. When I am strictly looking for quality, I go to Kate Spade New York, Ralph Laurenor if you are looking for a less expensive brand, Aldo (I love them!!).

3 Key Tips to Purchasing the Perfect Tote! - Pearls and Polkadots

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I try to be practical with any purchase that I make, but when it comes to bags…I really don’t follow this as much as I should. Practicality is good to keep in mind though when looking for that perfect tote, because you want to make sure that the bag will serve its purpose for you! Does it have enough room to carry your daily items that you need? Is it too big that you are going to get tired lugging it around? Practicality of a purse is different for every woman because we all have different daily needs! Personally, I go for the medium sized bags because I can carry my laptop around with me (for school). However, when I am working, I like a smaller tote that just has room for a few necessities.

3 Key Tips to Purchasing the Perfect Tote! - Pearls and Polkadots

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Bags are a weakness for me and as long as they keep coming out with cute designs, I will keep handing over my money! Hopefully these tips will stick out in your mind next time you head to the mall to look for that special tote.

What do you consider when looking for a new tote? Let me know in the comments below…

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