I Polled My Friends and They All Thought This Classy M&S Bag Was Designer

If there's one thing all British fashion people have in common, it's an adoration of Marks and Spencer. Whether we're popping in to grab some snacks over a lunch break, stopping by on the way to the office to replace our snagged tights or skimming through the clothing section for new-season pieces, the enduring appeal of M&S is pretty much engrained in our DNA.

Personally, I'm particularly loyal to its tailoring and picnic food selection, but this season, it's the brand's handbag collection piquing my interest. The style that stands out the most? The new Faux Leather Top Handle Tote Bag (£40). Fulfilling the demands of a daily carry-all and looking incredibly expensive in the process, it has quickly asserted itself as the style to know this spring.

Influencer styles the Marks & Spencer Faux Leather Top Handle Tote Bag

(Image credit: @marksandspencer_zarah)

In an elegant square shape, the top-handle bag comes in deep black and light camel and is crafted from a glossy faux leather fabric. I love to call on the bag as a top handle to elevate my looks, but the trending style also comes with an adjustable strap so it can be worn on the shoulder or across the body, per your preference. I showed a picture of the bag to my colleagues and friends and most of them assumed it had to be designer, given its clean lines, gold hardware and expensive-looking finish. That's a lot to like for your £40.

Influencer wears M&S top handle bag with white jeans and a black jumper.

(Image credit: @tia_dewitt)

Already a new-season favourite, this elegant tote is destined to sell out swiftly; a sentiment confirmed by the sheer amount of eyes it's currently getting on social media right now. I've seen so many influencers with this bag this week, so who knows—it might just be sold out by next.

Read on to discover my new favourite bag and shop our edit of the best top-handle bags.



Natalie Munro
News Writer

Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Having worked in the fashion industry since her time at university—where she obtained a BA in Journalism from University of the Arts London, Natalie's experience spans journalistic and styling roles. In the early stages of her career Natalie predominately worked on editorial shoots for fashion publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK, before moving into journalism roles.

On completion of her degree she interned in the editorial team at British Vogue and later went on to freelance for the publication. Here, she developed her interest in reporting on the latest fashion news and trends. Inspired by the dynamic nature of the industry, Natalie went on to write for other lifestyle and fashion brands and publications before taking on the role as News Writer for Who What Wear.

With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news for Who What Wear UK. Focusing on trends on and off the runway, as well as street style and celebrity fashion, Natalie reports on a daily basis, ensuring that she remains ahead of the trends. Natalie also creates content for Who What Wear’s social channels including TikTok and Instagram on a weekly basis.