Everyday Essentials: Why We All Need A Canvas Bag In Our Lives

Marc jacobs canvas bag

by Edwina Langley |
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It's not one for a job interview, hot date or black tie gala, but if you want to channel the 'girl who waits at the bus stop reading Plato' look, the canvas bag is for you.

Favoured mostly for it's ability to hold a veritable ton of your everyday crap (err, we mean essentials) the canvas bag is what we reach for when we need to transport laptop, change of clothes and kitchen sink all at once.

We wouldn't call it stylish, exactly, but after only a few uses, it immediately becomes an old friend. Best of all, many of them are machine washable, which is useful if yours becomes a little too 'old friend-y' – you know, brushed with bronzer from that time the compact exploded, or graffitied in ink from when that dastardly pen decided to veto its lid...

There are some smart designer options to choose from this spring, but to be honest, cheap can be really be cheerful (in some cases, amusingly so).

Check out (and buy) our favourites via the gallery below.


SS16 Canvas Bag

The School of Life Canvas Bag1 of 10

The School of Life Canvas Bag

The School of Life, Emotional Baggage Tote, £35, BUY HERE from theschooloflife.com

Zhuu Canvas Bag2 of 10

Zhuu Canvas Bag

Zhuu, Ziggy Canvas Tote, £17.44, BUY HERE from shopbop.com

Charlotte Olympia Canvas Bag3 of 10

Charlotte Olympia Canvas Bag

Charlotte Olympia, Doggy Bag Metallic Leather-Trimmed Canvas Tote, £645, BUY HERE from net-a-porter.com

Mary Katrantzou Canvas Bag4 of 10

Mary Katrantzou Canvas Bag

Mary Katrantzou, A Melina Coated-Canvas Tote, £734, BUY HERE from matchesfashion.com

Anya Hindmarch Canvas Bag5 of 10

Anya Hindmarch Canvas Bag

Anya Hindmarch, Smiley And Rainbow Canvas Tote, £354, BUY HERE from matchesfasion.com

White Stuff, Canvas Bag6 of 10

White Stuff, Canvas Bag

White Stuff, Serengeti Canvas Shopper Bag, £32.50, BUY HERE from johnlewis.com

Emmeline Simpson Canvas Bag7 of 10

Emmeline Simpson Canvas Bag

Emmeline Simpson, Piccadilly Circus Canvas Tote, £22.50, BUY HERE from johnlewis.com

Saint Laurent Canvas Bag8 of 10

Saint Laurent Canvas Bag

Saint Laurent, Branded Canvas Tote, £450, BUY HERE from selfridges.com

Accessorize Canvas Bag9 of 10

Accessorize Canvas Bag

Accessorize, Owl MultiPocket Shopper Bag, £15.20, BUY HERE from uk.accessorize.com

Kate Spade Canvas Bag10 of 10

Kate Spade Canvas Bag

Kate Spade, New York Newspaper Print Canvas Shopping Tote, £18.44, BUY HERE from shop.nordstrom.com

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