Alternatives | Madewell Transport Tote

Top row: Nordstrom Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet ($48); Nordstrom Faux Leather Tote ($42); Old Navy Tassel Zip Tote ($40)

Bottom row: Banana Republic Ashbury Tote ($130); Nordstrom Rack IIIBeCa Thomas Tote ($79); ASOS Fiorelli Robyn Shopper Bag ($124)

You know the bag I’m talking about. I’m sure you’ve probably seen it more times than you can count on other blogs you follow. The Madewell Transport Tote has been showing up everywhere; they even gave it its own hashtag! I’m a fan of huge bags that I can stick my whole life into, but when I saw the price ($168?!), I knew it wasn’t meant to be. I know most people tend to follow the rule, “the more expensive it is, the longer it will last,” but I don’t think that’s necessarily true. I mean, I still have bags from Target and Forever 21 that  I bought years ago and are still in perfect condition (and are still used quite often). Plus, as an adamant bargain shopper, I just can’t buy a simple bag for that much and not feel guilty about it. How many other things could I have bought with that money? That’s like, 5 or 6 pairs of shoes. I mean, come on now.

These bags I’ve listed are pretty similar and all for a cheaper price. Most of these choices come in different colors as well, but I think brown/cognac is the best since the neutral color pairs well with basically any outfit! A couple of these even come with a cute little wristlet inside. My #1 choice would be the Nordstrom Reversible Faux Leather Tote (top left corner) because 1) it looks the most like the Madewell version and 2) it’s reversible (!!) to black. I actually bought this one for myself, and I LOVE it. The material is a great quality, and it’s super easy to turn inside-out to the other color. It’s like having two bags for the price of one. Need I say more?

If I have done nothing to sway your thinking and you’re still determined to get the Madewell tote (without breaking the bank), you could always try dropping hints around your loved ones during the holidays, haha. You’re on your own in that case! 😉