Time to graduate from a diaper bag to a stylish tote

Q. I’m a mom of an 18 month old and 4-year-old boys. I want to graduate from a diaper bag to an everyday tote. I’m trying to find a basic black leather tote (with inside pockets that holds my cell phone and sunglasses) that isn’t over-embellished with decorative items. Have any suggestions on where to look?
-Bag It All

A. Now that you don’t plan to carry a dozen diapers, baby bottles and toys, you need a sophisticated, classic tote that will last for several years and not go out of style.  I’ve picked out several stylish totes that can carry your essentials as well as a bit of the baby gear. For a variety of totes that won’t put a dent in your budget and aren’t over embellished check out these sites: jcrew.com, efashionhouse.com, eluxury.com, landsend.com, llbean.com and nordstrom.com.

Leather tote
$198 at jcrew.com

MICHAEL Michael Kors
Double Zipper Tote
$298 at nordstrom.com


DKNY Urban Fusian Shopper
$185 at eluxury.com

If you still feel as if you need more pockets and compartments for all your essentials, try adding a Purseket organizer. It comes in several sizes with many different fabric options and can be moved from bag to bag when needed.
$16 to $22 at purseket.com

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