3 Sophisticated Top Handle Totes for Spring

Thursday, March 24, 2011

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Carrying a top handle tote makes me feel so sophisticated. Sort of like Jackie O., or people that I have always idolized, like my grandmother. It goes hand in hand with the sleek bun, pearl earrings and a perfectly tailored knee length dress. I just love when my imagination runs wild!

It’s undeniable that top handle totes are making a huge come back. Every other designer brand seems to have a tote in their ad. It’s a style of bag that symbolizes class -- a very upscale look that’s fierce at the same time. The only downfall is that it’s hard to carry much besides this bag because you can’t always throw it over your shoulders -- you actually have to carry it, which is not so effortless. But, I guess style can’t be effortless all the time!

I'm starting to make Michael Kors a committed pit stop of mine at the mall... wonder why? Check out the Michael Kors Hamilton Spectator Tote in my favorite color, the navy blue with white trim. This bag is fabulous and the color combination is to die for! This bag is the classic top handle bag with the ultimate classic colors. If navy and white aren’t your thing, then check out the other bold color options for spring.
Michael Kors Hamilton Spectator Tote

→ Buy the Michael Kors Hamilton Spectator Tote, $328.00, at dillards.com.

Moving along to a more animalistic bag that will get you the through the day and night, try toting around the Henri Bendel West 57th Box Barrel handbag. A black and white animal bag can be incorporated in every seasonal wardrobe. Give all your boring outfits a little spunk with this barrel.

Henri Bendel West 57th Box Barrel

→ Buy the Henri Bendel West 57th Box Barrel, $495.00, at henribendel.com.

As usual, I save my personal favorite until the end. The Oryany Knight Tote is oversized and unusually cool. This is a traveler’s dream bag because it’s cute and can fit all kinds of girly things in it. The different tiny compartments can store little items that can often be lost in oversized bags. The color options are different than the typical color scheme, making the bag unique. The bag is offered in Goldfish, Petal, Seaweed and Black colors. The leather even looks baby soft in the picture -- gotta love it! The zippers, the shape, and the fact that it’s $425 make it irresistible!
Oryany Knight Tote

→ Buy the Oryany Knight Tote, $425.00, at nordstrom.com.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.