Saint Laurent Tote Bag Review

…and a little ‘WIMB’ like the good ol’ days


Who doesn’t love a good bag? I blame the Kookaï satchel trend of 2002 that kick started things off (FUN FACT: I just googled ‘Kookaï satchel 2002‘ and a picture of me came up which is definitely my career highlight, but also signifies that I’ve told this ancedote before, so moving on…). Basically I’ve always had a bit of a thing for bags, shoes and coats, which are also Mark’s weaknesses. He always approves of any new purchases which is exactly why he’s marriage material. Perhaps his favourite purchase of mine is this Saint Laurent Tote Bag, which I have to say I think might be one of my favourites too.

I’ve filmed a ‘What’s In My Bag’ video so have a scroll down below to watch that. Despite the ‘seen it before’ title, I promise it’s something a little different and slightly more exciting than ones I’ve done in the past so please have a watch and let me know what you think. For today’s post though I thought I’d give you more of a detailed review on the look, practically and styling of the bag. I’m covering all bases here…


LOOK. Things don’t get more minimal than this. There’s very little detailing here with just the two thin, but non-dig-in straps and then a removable zipped pouch inside for any extras that you want to give an extra layer of security too. The bag is a classic tote shape and the leather is soft, but holds it’s shape when it’s sat down on a flat surface. The best bit is the leather which is grained just the point of not being a complete pain in the arse when it comes to scratching, but is still soft to the touch. In terms of scratching there’s only one larger one that I got on the first day of wearing it – YAY! But it’s not that deep, nor noticeable to anyone but me. Overall I’d say this is a pretty hardy bag.

PRACTICALITY. This is the best bit – it’s huge. Like seriously huge. You can pack everything you need in here – laptop, notepads, emergency extra layers of clothing – whatever. In fact this makes it a great weekender bag, or a weekday work bag too. Things do tend to poke through the leather a bit when you really stuff it full, but so far I’ve yet to stretch it and it always pings back into place when I remove the offending item. It’s completely wipeable too and it’s just the underside of the leather inside, there’s no lining, which I quite like because there’s one less thing to worry about ruining and that you have to clean.


STYLING. Because the bag is so sleek and simple, there’s nothing that it doesn’t go with. I could probably just leave this section there. Due to the fact that it’s a Mary Poppins-esque thing of beauty though, I tend to wear it in a more casual way; either at the weekends or on days when I’m travelling to London because packing is never an issue. In the video I show it worn with an all-black outfit which I love, however I think my favourite way to wear it is in a really slouchy way like I have above, just with my Acne Studios Jeans, Frame Jumper and Converse. What is it about Converse that just make everything look 100% cooler and comfier?

So there you have it – can you tell that I’m in love? If you want a workhorse bag to add to your collection then you know what to do…

Photos by Mark Newton



  • I really like the effortless style this bag exudes! It still looks structured enough at the same time though!

  • Joanne

    This whole look is flawless! This is something I’d totally totally wear too. You styled this perfectly. The bag looks really classy and versatile, I’m in love! x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  • It looks like a chic very practical bag x


  • Natali

    Oh yes, I love this simple, timeless tote! You did a great choice!

  • Starla

    Such a beautiful bag! jealous xo

  • rachel

    Can’t beat a simple tote.

    But can I just say ‘Smartwool secret sleuth socks’. Keep your toes toasty warm but no peeking to over the top of trainers.

  • Amelie

    I feel like this is the kind of bag you can wear with absolutely anything.


  • this will really be the perfect workhorse bag!

  • fatou diaw

    YSL bags are cool.

  • I’ve been on the hunt for a high-end bag, but cant seem to find one I like. The Saint Laurent tote seems a good option and I’m liking the Loewe Puzzle and Marni Trunk bags too. Decisions, decisions…

  • This is such a great bag, but I’m always scared of using open totes like that. Does it have a snap closure at least?

  • I love how minimal this bag is, sometimes you just need things to be fuss-free! ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • The good thing about going for a very simple design and neutral colour is that you can style is super easily, and you’ll get to wear it over and over for years. This is a beautiful staple bag to have – tote bags are so useful! – and even though with a designer bag I would have gone for something slightly sturdier (just in case), this is still a beautiful purchase 🙂

    Julia x
    Last post: Purple Makeup with MAC and YSL |

  • I like the simplicity of this bag! I like the idea of tote bags but I always end up putting to much stuff in.. Haha its a beautiful bag though!

  • My work bag is slowly coming to the end of its life span, and I need something that can hold my laptop as well as my beauty stuff, so a tote bag is what I am looking for. Now all that is left to decide is if I am going to invest in one or opt for a cheap version

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • That bag is so gorgeous!

    Ellie xx

  • Leanne Marshall

    Love a classic Black tote…. Effortlessly stylish…

    Leanne |

  • Love it!

    Lisa |

  • Great review! It is the perfect tote to dress up or down!

    Live True London |

  • Sphinx Talli Nillo

    Natural World Women’s Bota Cuello Vuelto Chukka Boot 😛

  • Jade Dsa

    This bag is so sleek and perfect for work! Love it!