Ahhhh the magical cognac transport tote. I’m pretty sure everyone and their llama is looking for the perfect one. When the tote first started it’s magical mystery ride into stardom it really only came one way: non-reversible with no pockets on the inside except for a dangling zipper pouch and $100. Now you can find totes that are reversible usually with a sensible color like black or brown and a fun color like turquoise or coral. And finally they are making totes with pockets on the inside. All I require is a non-dangling zipper pocket and 2 smaller pockets like for my 8 lipsticks I insist on carrying everywhere. I found mine at Target last year and while it only has the one dangling zipper pouch, I’ve been pretty happy with it and even used it as a traveling tote to Brooklyn. I’ve used it as a purse, traveling tote, work bag, and a bag to carry my notebook around and double as a purse when I’m observing at schools. So I’d say 20 bucks well spent.
Because I can’t imagine spending near $100 on a tote like this, most of the options below are under $100.
I don’t feel right creating a list on transport tote options without mentioning what I believe is the original one: the Madewell Transport Tote. This one comes in at a hefty price tag but I hear it holds up pretty well. It features on almost every single one of Fran’s outfit posts so I assume she puts it to work!
When I first started shopping around for a tote this one from Nordstrom is the one I most considered. I loved that it was reversible but I was hoping to find one with interior pockets. I know I didn’t end up with one, but I paid about half the price.
I like the navy/stripe option of this tote because it would be a really fun summer option. There still aren’t any interior pockets, but it looks like the pouch is removable which is pretty cool. Although when it is attached it’s attached to the shoulder strap which is kind of weird.
Leave it to Old Navy to come up with an option. You can always count on them to jump on the bandwagon at an affordable price. Although it doesn’t have any shots of the interior (what’s up with that?!) the description says it has two interior pockets. I hope you like black. Because that’s what it comes in.
If you’re looking for 8 color options then Target’s got your back. I think their description alone is worth the click over. No interior shots and the description says there are no pockets so that’s kind of lame. But like I said, go read the description. It’s quite optimistic.
Target actually has a few totes but most of them don’t have pockets and I don’t understand that. This one from Target has a removable pouch and two pockets so it’s like a rare unicorn tote.
Another one from Nordstrom. This one has a pocket but the shoulder strap seems pretty short and awkward.
Forever 21 has a tote that comes in 3 reversible colors and I’m digging the blush option. However, there isn’t a pocket which I’m now realizing makes sense if the bag is supposed to be reversible…
And I’ll end with Urban Outfitters. I like the little bag that comes with it and really love the cognac/teal option.
Which one is your favorite? Did you realize well before me why reversible totes don’t have interior pockets?