Let's leave the canvas monogrammed navy grosgrain ribbon trimmed tote in the Rubbermaid storage bin marked, "for getting my tan on."
Not every girl is a bag girl, I understand that. In fact, I'm not a bag girl - I'm a shoe girl, a round-toed 3+ inch heel girl - but even so, I know the difference between a bag worthy of accompanying a pinstripe suit and trench to work and a bag more well-suited to schlep around a gaudy rainbow towel, SPF 8, liquid ephedrine and the last three issues of US Weekly.
Even if you're like the woman I saw this morning who was clearly using her Land's End tote as a supplementary gym bag, I still believe you can do better. And do so without paying too much more than the $34.50 (including the $5 monogramming fee) you wasted, I mean spent, on that very practical, sturdy, style-depleting tote.
On a positive note - for her, anyway - the bag did detract attention away from her bad highlights, cakey foundation line around her neck and ears and thick, cylindrical torso.
Perhaps she's smarter than her "Sudoko for Dummies" book implied...
Reasonably-priced gym bag alternatives that do not involve grosgrain-trim, canvas, or gothic script monogramming to come later in the day.