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Here at T&C, we pride ourselves on our discerning eye for quality. With Tried & True, our editors will give you an inside look at the pieces they simply cannot live without.

Even though I graduated college years ago, August still always has back-to-school shopping energy. Only now, instead of pencils, planners, and highlighters, I keep my eye out for wardrobe essentials that will carry me through the back half of the year and beyond. Suffice to say, Cuyana's new Easy Tote caught my eye this month.

Easy Tote © cuyana.com Easy Tote

$248.00

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I've long been a fan of Cuyana's handbags for their quality leather, simple, timeless design, and reasonable price point. The fact that Meghan Markle is a big supporter of the brand doesn't hurt either. So, honestly at first, I was a little nervous when I heard they were retiring their much-loved classic tote in favor of the new style. But now that I have hands on the product, I 'm impressed. The leather is super soft, and the unstructured bag is slouchy in the best way possible, but still big enough to carry everything I need on-the-go, including a laptop. The one internal pocket is also perfect for holding a small wallet, keys, or a cell phone, and keeping those key items close at hand. (I enjoy how lightweight this bag is, but if you are in the market for a handbag that zips closed, keep in mind that this tote doesn't have any hardware at all. For that security, consider joining the waitlist for Cuyana's zippered style.)

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Right now the Easy Tote comes in 8 colors and two sizes—classic (which I chose) and tall, and for the monogram lovers out there, it can be personalized. Plus, coming in at just under $250, it'd make a great gift for the women in your life this holiday season—whether they're fresh-faced college students, new moms, or a seasoned professional carrying their computers to and from the office in our new hybrid work reality.

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As someone who works from home full-time, you can bet that I have an extensive collection of loungewear. It's my go-to when I want to feel more put-together than I would in pajamas, and thankfully, there are lots of elevated sets out there that make this possible. The downside is that many of them are really pricey, and it can be hard to justify spending as much (or more!) on a sweatshirt or sweatpants as you would on "normal" clothes.

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