Handbag Review: Longchamp Le Pilage Tote

Happy Tuesday – I hope everyone had a great weekend & is having a great week so far!  Sorry for the lack of posts lately – I explained a little bit on Instagram over the weekend, but lately I have had a hard time feeling inspired when creating content for FoF.  I have been thinking quite a bit about the evolution of Fashion Over Fatigue over the past 2.5 years as well as where I’d like to see it go in the future.  What I’ve come to realize is that I want to create more thoughtful and meaningful content for you all in this space.  While that might mean fewer posts each week, I hope that the content I am able to create for you all here on FoF is much more worthwhile and interesting!  So with that being said, on to today’s post – a review of one of my most used bags, the Longchamp Le Pilage Tote!  I actually purchased mine 6 years ago when I lived in New York, and it has been one of my favorite bags ever since – it is perfect for travel and for every day use!

I have the large size, and the official measurements are: 12 ¼”W x 11 ¾”H x 7 ½”D.  It is large enough to easily hold everything you could want to carry – think: laptop, cosmetic bags, wallet, sunglasses, ipad, water bottle, sweater, etc.  The shoulder straps have a 9″ strap drop, which makes it so easy to throw on over the shoulder.  The straps are even long enough to fit on your shoulder comfortably under a bulky coat in the winter, which I love!  You can see from some of the ways I’ve styled it in these photos how big it is/how long the straps are.  And it is super light – it only weighs .6 lbs when it is empty!

This bag actually doesn’t have any compartments, other than one small pocket at the top of the bag.  This can be a good thing (you can fit a ton of stuff in it) and a bad thing (everything falls to the bottom of the bag).  To avoid losing things inside this bag (because I really do stuff it full!), I use lots of smaller cosmetic bags within it.  Lots of times when I travel, I’ll put a cross-body inside of this bag so that I can easily find my phone, wallet, and keys, and then I can just grab the cross-body when going out to dinner or when I don’t want to carry around the tote.

The Longchamp Le Pilage tote is made of nylon with leather trim.  Let me tell you – this is the best material for a tote, especially a travel tote!  Nylon makes the bag a) super light, b) super durable, and c) super easy to clean.  One struggle I always have with leather totes is that they are just so heavy.  It makes me not want to carry too much in them (ie: laptop, water bottles, etc) because there is nothing worse than having a bag that weighs a million pounds that you are trying to lug around all day.  No thank you!  Nylon is perfect because it makes it so light, meaning you can put as much in it as you’d like!  And the durability just can’t be beat.  You do not have to “baby” this bag at all and it will stay looking brand new for such a long time.  Like I mentioned above, I have had my bag for 6 years and it is only just now starting to show some wear on the corners (from years of stuffing it full!).

Another very cool feature of this bag (because it is nylon) is that you can fold it up!  I love using this feature when I travel – sometimes I’ll pack this bag inside of my suitcase so I can use it when I arrive at my destination.  So cool!

PROS:

  • VERY lightweight
  • VERY durable
  • Easily fits on the shoulder
  • Easily to clean
  • Zip closure
  • Size – can hold everything you need
  • Folds up
  • BEST travel bag out there
  • Cost:  Less than $150!  And comes in a bunch of colors!

CONS:

  • No compartments – have to keep yourself organized or everything will fall to the bottom
  • Causal
  • That’s all I can think of!  This is truly my favorite & most used bag that I’ve ever owned.  I use it not only for travel, but every day for work as well.  I highly recommend it!

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