Why I Love My Madewell Transport Tote

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A good tote bag is hard to come by, especially one that works for both your 9-5 and your social life, who’s with me?! 🙋🏼‍♀️ In the first year of working in the city, I probably went through 297209752 different work bags. Buy one, love it and use it for a few weeks, get frustrated and pissed off, give up, find a new bag. It was a never-ending cycle. The bags that friends and family members suggested to me didn’t work for my work environment or my lifestyle and the tote bags I did stumbled upon were either too big or too small.

Enter: The Madewell Transport Tote

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Madewell Transport Tote
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I’ve been carrying my Madewell Transport Tote for about a year now (previously was using the medium transport tote) and my life has been forever changed. On the days that I’m going from work to shooting content for the blog, and even heading to an event, the tote bag comfortably holds all of the important things – my notebook, laptop, change of shoes, makeup bag, wallet, camera, and keys. I obviously stuff way more than that in there (*ahem* a change of clothes, a book, my planner..) but the point is that this bag can really hold just about anything.

The best part? It holds its shape. 

Finding an unstructured tote bag that holds everything and doesn’t melt into a puddle, spilling the contents out everywhere, when you put it down is nothing short of a miracle.

I also love that the transport tote can be carried any time (for work, travel, drinks with friends…) and adds a certain touch of chic to any outfit, no matter what your personal style is.

How I’ve Styled My Madewell Transport Tote

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  1. 10.25.19
    Lee said:

    I’d never heard of this tote, thank you so much for sharing! I am ALWAYS on the look out for a good take to work bag, so Im going to check this one out. I like black for work so am crossing my fingers it comes in black as well1

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      Oh my gosh, it’s the BEST!! I love the size and shape of it and there are a few accessories that match it as well!

  2. 10.25.19
    Lizzie said:

    What a gorgeous tote bag! I love the design and simplicity! It looks like it holds pretty much everything!


    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Lizzie!

  3. 10.25.19
    Mariah said:

    I can attest that you love that thing! It definitely is so cute and such a great work bag!


    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      I use it ALL the time!

  4. 10.25.19
    Stephani said:

    Such a great quality classic bag to have in your wardrobe! I have a few totes I love and have been contemplating adding this one!

    Xo, Steph

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      I 100% recommend it! It feels good on your shoulder, too!

  5. 10.26.19

    Beautiful and practical! I agree with you. It’s hard to find a tote that is made for all the needs. Love how it looks!

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Candace!

  6. 10.27.19
    Kelsey said:

    I love this bag I need one!
    Xo, Kelsey

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      It’s so good!

  7. 10.27.19
    Lydia said:

    I love the ease of being able to pack my whole life into a bag, but then hate having to carry it around and tend to favor my small bags. Thankfully I have my car for everything else, haha.
    Chic on the Cheap

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      I feel you!! Small bags are great when you’re in and out of stores and running errands!

  8. 10.27.19

    Wow I love how much you can fit in there! Although I’m always the person that ..the bigger the purse…the more I keep throwing things in haha

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      Hahaha love that saying!! I’m usually pretty good about keeping it clutter-free but it is nice to have the extra space when there’s a lot going on!

  9. 10.28.19

    I love that the tote holds it’s shape! We’re traveling so much now so I definitely need to grab this so it can be my everyday bag.

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      It’s SO good for travel and I love that I can easily pop in on top of my suitcase!

  10. 10.28.19
    Caitlin said:

    Wow this holds so much! What a fab purse!

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      It’s the best bag for work and travel!

  11. 10.29.19
    Laura Leigh said:

    It is the BEST tote! I had the same one as you for years and used it every single day for work. Eventually had to retire and then purchased the suede olive one – legit favorite bag ever!!!! Love how much you wear yours and how you style it – perfection!

    xo Laura Leigh

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      Oh my gosh, I’ve been totally swooning over the suede olive one you have – it’s BEAUTIFUL!

  12. 11.1.19
    Anna English said:

    This tote is the perfect size, and I love how it looks better with use!

    • 11.6.19
      Rachel said:

      It’s my favorite!