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A Simple Canvas Tote is Undoubtedly the Cool Girl Bag of the Summer

Here are 10 of our faves.

When we think about the ultimate Cool Girls’ approach to dressing, they embody a sense of ultimate effortlessness yet look perfectly pulled together every time. 

To truly encapsulate the Cool Girl aesthetic, there’s no accessory quite as essential as the timeless classic: a canvas tote.

A fave of Dakota Johnson, Anya Taylor-Joy and Jenna Ortega, as if you need any more convincing, a canvas tote is the perfect carryall to throw everything but the kitchen sink in and do so in style. 

Often a canvas tote comes into our lives seemingly through magic, a freebie acquired at your local bookstore, a gift from a friend or appearing in your wardrobe with no rhyme or reason. But to find the ultimate Cool Girl tote you might need to do some searching. 

We’ve found our favourite canvas totes to buy across Australia, ranging from the classic and timeless to the trendy and unique. Read on to find our favourites and add to your wardrobe for the season. 

The best canvas tote bags to buy in Australia 

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Berry Tote bag, $49, Hommey

The perfect beach bag doesn’t exis… This spacious cotton tote from Hommey is a must buy this summer. It has ample room for all of your essentials no matter the occasion, beach towels, books, sunnies, lunch box – no matter what you’re lugging around, it can fit it and look good while doing it. 

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Pansy canvas tote, $29.50 (was $59), Gorman

Add some colour to your wardrobe with this sweet floral canvas tote with an exclusive Liv Lee x Gorman print that contributes some pop to a summer outfit. 

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Brazil shopper bag, $119.95, Louenhide

For something more elevated, a structured tote bag made from canvas with faux leather accents makes a classy summer bag. The canvas is waterproof which is great considering sudden summer storms and the vegan leather trim adds some sophistication and durability. 

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Pelli Bags Waxed canvas tote bag, $64.95, The Iconic

An oversized silhouette that makes it the ultimate carryall to the beach, the waxed canvas material is extra durable and can fit all of your beach bag essentials. 

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Australian cotton logo tote, $99.95, Country Road

The Country Road tote is an Australian icon, and they make the ultimate does-it-all tote to take to uni, work, the gym or even as an overnight bag that can be thrown in the wash and tossed around with ease. 

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Dakota oversized tote, $20 (was $49.99), Cotton On

Forget band tees, this summer it’s all about the band tote – obviously. We’ll be repping the queen Blondie for some rock and roll edge to our outfits. 

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Sheila canvas tote bag, $153, Charles & Keith

Effortlessly chic, this tote incorporates the laidback vibe of summery canvas but still feels elevated and pulled together. Consider this the perfect summer office bag. 

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Canvas tote, $55.95, Hardtofind

Sometimes we just need a little positivity to get us through the day and this adorable rainbow tote bag is the perfect eco-friendly everyday bag. 

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Canvas London Books tote, $29.60 (was $37), Etsy

Want to embody that mysterious chic arty look we see Anya Taylor-Joy nail so perfectly? This London Books tote will be your new favourite bag and is handmade here in Australia. 

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Maison Kitsune Fox Head canvas tote, $148 (was $178), Farfetch

For something a little more luxury, this adorable tote bag from Maison Kitsune adds a very cool vibe to your outfits with minimal effort. 

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Daisy Dealers logo canvas tote, $50, Venroy

Venroy know cool, and this tote bag is the ultimate Cool Girl bag thanks to the trendy print and bold colour combo that feels far from basic. 

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