I’ll be the first to admit this is simple and borderline boring, but I’m going to make a strong case for it. A simple tote is unapologetically elegant. Think of the iconic Chanel tote. Unlike many designers, Tod’s is known for endurance and simplicity, bags of quality that can be used forever with minimal styles to match. They have retired the “Lady D” tote that literally everyone and their mothers had (yes, mine too!) and this will replace it as their signature tote bag. I love this shape, especially in soothing gray, that allows for easy access to the inside, and the fact that it fits easily under the arm without being bulky. So sparse, so concise in it’s design, you know this tote must be the utmost of caliber. When a bag makes it look this easy, there’s no doubt that boundless workmanship and skill was involved. And that there are boundless possibilities when carrying it. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1, 250.
Pair with: I’m not saying everything has to be plain and gray! Knock ’em dead with pretty ombré-patterned Mary Jane pumps by Nicholas Kirkwood, with loads of depth and color to spare. On Luisa Via Roma for $978.