May 23, 2011 9:50 AM
Trust us, we've got plenty of flashy handbags and totes in our closets! But for one reason or another, we keep returning to view this simple, unfussy Kiel Tote ($259) by Elk Accessories. It's plenty large enough to stash library books and a laptop, it can be carried by the double handles, or slung over our arms with the body strap, and the inside lining is a chic plaid. Plus, it's something our men will consent to holding on to for us when we need a hands-free moment.