Style FAQ: Can I Substitute My Briefcase With A Tote Bag?

Outfit by La Perla, shoes and bag by Mario Minardi

Yes, yes and yes. And no, you wouldn’t bemade fun of like what happened to Joey in the popular ’90s sitcom “Friends.” Nowadays, people won’t think of it as “emasculating.” It’s 2019 after all and brands like Bottega Veneta, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fendi, Lanvin and Valentino are seen offering it in numerous iterations this fall. See, a tote bag, is not only easy to carry but also holds a lot of stuff—thus helping you avoid bulging pockets and maintain a streamlined look. Another great thing is the versatility of these bags. for genuinely formal occasions, though, it would be better to stick to the age-old briefcase or messenger bags. The time will come when tote bags are acceptable in the most business-like environments, but it’s not here just yet.