I have come to the realization after many, many years of dragging a huge tote around that I actually do not need such a big bag and the soft bucket bag is my favorite. Ever since I got my LL Bean Tote, I have not gone back to my other big bags. I love that it stands up on its own, it has two handles and a zipper, is short enough that I can find what I want right away ( I use these pouches to organize it and this flat clutch to pull out if I am going out after work) and it is still roomy enough to throw in a change of shoes, a water bottle and a throw scarf. Not bad for someone who was the biggest schlepper.. I am a convert! What I also like about it is that it is a little slouchy and not a really stiff, hard sided satchel. I would say the one draw back is that I have the camo fabric with orange monogram, which is not very formal and doesn’t work for those times I need a polished look. So I am on a hunt for a more refined version to get me to those fancier events and found a few very good looking options …. Which is your favorite?