The must-have handbags big enough to see you through summer

Maisie Bovingdon
·Shopping writer
·2 min read
Is it time to switch over from your mini cross body bag to a larger tote? We think so.  (Getty Images)
Is it time to switch over from your mini cross body bag to a larger tote? We think so. (Getty Images)

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With coronavirus restrictions lifting, and our diaries looking fuller than they have done for over a year, we like to be prepared for all weathers when we head out - and so we carry with us everything but the kitchen sink. 

With this in mind, it is no surprise searches for large bags, such as totes and shoppers, have soared by 86% over the last three months alone, according to Lyst

While once we would have ventured out with only a small clutch or bum bag big enough to fit a set of keys and our phone, now we are preparing for all eventualities. 

So we need something big enough to fit the above check list, as well as additional essentials, including spare masks, layers, a blanket for those al fresco picnics, a bottle of water, some snacks and maybe a spare pair of shoes in case we get blisters from all the walking... the list is endless. 

Some popular styles shoppers and influencers have been flaunting on social media include Loewe Basket bag, Bottega Veneta's Basket Leather Tote, or the classic Longchamp Le Pliage Néo Large Shoulder Bag.

So, for those who are looking for their very own Mary Poppins bag, we have you covered. 

From designer labels, to more affordable designs, cross body to over the shoulder, canvas totes, personalised numbers and stylish handbags with a little extra room, we have found something to suit everyone's style preferences, budgets and hefty contents list. 

Shop our top rated large bags this summer

SUKICON Large icon bag | £55 from Ted Baker

Bayswater Natural Grain Leather | £995 from Mulberry

Bayswater Natural Grain Leather
Bayswater Natural Grain Leather

The Longitude Tote | £175 from Away

Longitude Tote Bag
Longitude Tote Bag

Medium Classic Leather Beck Bag | $435 (£312.21 GBP) from Beck 

Medium Classic Leather Beck Bag
Medium Classic Leather Beck Bag

Longchamp Le Pliage Original Large Shoulder Bag | £90 from John Lewis & Partners

Longchamp Le Pliage Original Large Shoulder Bag
Longchamp Le Pliage Original Large Shoulder Bag

Coach Charlie 40 Leather Carryall Tote Bag | £395 from John Lewis & Partners

Coach Charlie 40 Leather Carryall Tote Bag
Coach Charlie 40 Leather Carryall Tote Bag

The Basket Room Gua Tote Bag | £85 from Oliver Bonas 

The Basket Room Gua Tote Bag
The Basket Room Gua Tote Bag

Niki Metallic Golden Net Fabric Shopper Bag | £9 from Oliver Bonas

Niki Metallic Golden Net Fabric Shopper Bag
Niki Metallic Golden Net Fabric Shopper Bag

Urban Originals Canvas Shopper | £64 from Anthropologie

Urban Originals Canvas Shopper
Urban Originals Canvas Shopper

CHICECO Extra Large Women's Tote Bag | £21.99 from Amazon

CHICECO Extra Large Women's Tote Bag
CHICECO Extra Large Women's Tote Bag

SAINT LAURENT Noe branded woven tote bag | £1190 from Selfridges 

SAINT LAURENT Noe branded woven tote bag
SAINT LAURENT Noe branded woven tote bag

CLARENDON EAST WEST TOTE BAG | £59 (Was £148) from Allsaints

CLARENDON EAST WEST TOTE BAG
CLARENDON EAST WEST TOTE BAG

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