Best style: 5 ways to rock a leather tote bag

A classic tote bag stands the test of time. Click through for outfit ideas and style inspiration

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Play up a graphic colour-blocked ensemble

A streamlined look is an easy match for this tote’s structured rectangular shape.

Jones New York Collection crewneck blouse ($69). Ted Baker zippered pencil skirt ($255). Anne Klein collarless topper coat ($179). Aldo suede pumps ($90). Aldo polka dot sunglasses ($12). Timex canvas polka dot watch ($65).

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Dress up your weekend basics

Pull together cozy casual wear with ladylike accessories such as pearl earrings, a luxe cashmere toque, and this chic tote.

Banana Republic scarf ($74). Gap suede ankle boots ($98). Ann Taylor sweater ($80). Levi’s 501 CT denim jeans ($118). Reitmans double-sided glass pearl earrings ($8). Gap cashmere beanie ($45). Ann Taylor funnel-neck coat ($228).

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Go wild with print and texture

A mostly neutral colour palette is the trick to making floral and snake print work in harmony alongside leather and faux-fur.

Rudsak leather biker jacket ($595). Forever 21 faux-fur vest ($52). Liu Jo snakeskin-print dress ($150). Call It Spring floral canvas wedge sandal ($50). Aldo sunglasses ($12). Ted Baker floral silk scarf ($160).

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Punctuate an (almost) all-white outfit

Pair crisp white pieces with a soft pastel trench and sharp black accents. Soft fabrics offer a feminine touch.

Reitmans polyester crepe blouse ($36). RW & Co. asymmetric jacket ($119). Old Navy houndstooth trouser ($37). Jones New York Collection water-resistant trench coat ($249). Rudsak perforated leather and mesh flats ($145).

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Add polish to a sporty look

Replace your nylon gym bag with this roomy tote for a chic take on the athletic-inspired trend.

Gap “cloud wash” tunic sweatshirt ($55). Aldo printed sweater and polyurethane sneakers ($80). Aldo woven paper straw baseball cap ($18). RW & Co. nylon active pant ($69). Nike wool tech fleece bomber jacket ($175).

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