Last Updated on 20th October 2013

It’s a rarity to hit two fashion trends with one satisfying style swipe, but then again, this season’s affection with the laissez-faire and colour blocking is most certainly an exception.

Behold the leather tote: a relaxed alternative to the rigid daytime holdall we’ve all come to know and love, our picks tick this season’s trend boxes perfectly. Offering the perfect mix of casual cool and city-smart with a smattering of bold colour, the colour block leather tote is one accessory certain to be gracing our wardrobes this season.

Allow us to introduce NewbarK’s two-tone leather tote in red and glossed black leather. We’re lusting over the pop of colour it delivers combined with its spacious insides and leathery luxuriousness!

The perfect accessory for a busy weekend or days by the beach, the NewbarK tote’s versatile design certainly makes it a trans-seasonal investment piece, but cashing in at an eye-watering price tag of £560, we’ve sought out an equally lust worthy alternative that won’t break the bank.

Enter Banana Republic’s colour block market tote: the equally chic, less-pricy lambskin leather alternative to the NewbarK, as worn by Michelle Obama, no less. With a well-behaved price tag of £79.50, the market tote promises an equally affordable measure of this season’s key trends without totally purging the fashion funds.

Couture class with limited cash? We’ve got it down to a tee.

NewbarK two-tone leather tote, £560, available at Net-a-Porter. BUY NOW!

Banana Republic colour block market tote, £79.50, available at Banana Republic. BUY NOW!

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