Women’s Large Totes

large black leather tote

A large handbag also known as a tote, has it’s use for whatever needs you have. If you are the type who solely owns one of these, you are not alone. They can be used for many occasions besides the basic everyday use such as an over night stay, a diaper bag, carrying your laptop, books, snacks, a sweater and other needs as they arise, like using it for the beach.

model holding large orange handbag

They can appear to be heavy but are feather light and otherwise, be heavy and not be a bother for the one carrying it. It’s important to protect your back and posture by not hunching over, keeping upright and straightened giving your back support. It helps to change shoulders so they don’t tire and cause strain or a pulled muscle. Large crossbody handbags are great for this having the strap across your chest, balancing the weight of the bag.

large black purse with bear clip on

The Perfect Fit and Style

Oversized bags are not ideal for smaller women. They tend to overwhelm your body, especially a tiny frame. A shoulder bag with a long strap can make you look even shorter. Just as a small bag for a larger frame makes you look larger. It’s best to test the bag in front of a mirror to see if you like the look before you purchase it. Keep in mind that once you start to fill it up it gets bigger. We tend to forget this, then end up not using it.

The closure could be a flap over style where you have a buckle with a snap, or just the snap closure alone. There is a basic zipper across the top, or a thin band just enough to keep both sides together. Then there is the option to have the top remain open.

large blue canvas with white flowers handbag

These larger styles may have compartments already, or just a zipper on the inside. If I really like a specific larger handbag that doesn’t have a compartment inside, I compensate by using a larger makeup bag with several pockets or use two smaller ones. This way you can sort your makeup, medication, paperwork, a place where you don’t have to search for your keys or mobile phone.

Choosing Your Bag Fabric

It is important to have a stronger fabric because of the weight, depending on what you have in your larger handbag. You don’t want a light, flimsy type of fabric because it can tear easily. Something more solid would be faux leather which is not as expensive as leather, leather, suede, vinyl, plastic although it may eventually crack around the base of the handles where the end joins with the body of the bag. A quilted handbag that size would be a great choice for strength and also canvas. A knit or crochet bag would eventually stretch out and look lopsided. There are many fabrics to choose from, for having a secure, solid, larger bag. Having more than one is essential for taking turns. This keeps them lasting longer since you aren’t using the same one over again.

Large gold leather tote

Using an all weather protection spray like Tana All Protector or a conditioner you would purchase for foot wear, would benefit your handbags preventing rust and stains and keeping them in shape, lasting longer.

Click on Women’s Purses and Handbags for more information about them, to read and shop for men’s click on Men’s Bags and Accessories. The option to shop for both are to the right on my sidebar where I have several merchants listed.

Unless otherwise stated, the bags for this article I chose from various merchants for the specific style I needed to write this article.


  1. Elizabeth


    Love your detailed explanation on bags, it is very helpful and important to know size, shape, fabrics based on type of person and use. I am petite and usually carry a crossbody for everyday use on my errands but then have a larger size tote for business but not so big that it takes over. Plus I don’t have enough to put in large bags, but I did put a pair of heels in it once.

    1. Patsy


      Hi Elizabeth,  you are welcome.

      Sometimes we don’t realize factors for purchasing any type of handbag like the size, shape and fabric available. We go ahead buying them because we like them, then see issues later on. It does take time to choose one and thought for many reasons making sure they are the one we need.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your own experience!

  2. Alice


    I love large totes, they are a must for moms with young babies that’s for sure! I like your tip on using make-up bags to keep things organised, I usually just rummage around in mine for ages trying to find what I need!! I also would never have thought to see if a bag is too large for my frame before but it’s a great point, especially when it gets inevitably filled up with junk!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Alice,

      I agree, they are a must for moms fitting in them as much as possible. 

      I wasn’t going to pass up on a great tote just because there wasn’t any compartments inside. The idea for using makeup bags came to mind and they work perfectly.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your story, I hope you drop by again soon!

  3. Cynthia


    I love the bags you show on this page. I would love to have all of them! However, I am not that tall and I have to be careful how big of a bag I carry. I always check in the mirror to see how they look.
    I always like washable fabric and I have never heard of Tana all protector. I may have to get that.
    What about the straps? I find that they wear out so fast!

    1. Patsy


      Hi Cynthia,

      I’m glad you like the handbags, there were so many to choose from to display.

      Washable fabrics are always good, but the Tana All Protector does the trick for keeping them from getting dirty and worn out. There is a protection shield that really helps, and keeps them from getting stained. You can spray the straps, but there is nothing you can do about them wearing out. This is why it’s best to have a couple of handbags taking turns.

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment!

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