Katie Holmes Aces High-Low Style with Her Madewell Bucket Tote

Creamy leather in four fall colorways

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Katie Holmes Madewell tote: Two images of Holmes wearing the Madewell Essential tote bag
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Katie Holmes is pretty much the queen of casual cool style, whether she’s turning up at Paris Fashion Week or serving red carpet denim. And this season she’s carrying an ultra-chic bag that’s readily accessible—the Madewell Essential Bucket Tote ($178). Here’s a closer look at how Holmes styles this versatile piece.


First off, the bucket tote is oversized, one of our favorite handbag trends because it’s actually useful. (No shade to Taylor Swift’s little date night bag, but we prefer a purse that fits our wallet, phone and even a water bottle.) Capacious as well as cute, this bag turned up on Holmes’s shoulder when she attended the U.S. Open, where she wore it with jeans and a Miu Miu Argyle sweater ($2,050) that she tied around her shoulders when the match heated up. It’s a signature Holmes look. As she told British Vogue, “My personal style is pretty classic. I like taking risks and having fun with fashion but I tend to gravitate towards simple design.”

A few weeks later, Holmes was out and about in New York City, running errands wearing sweatpants, a hoodie and Adidas Samba sneakers ($100), which PureWow’s fashion editor deems one of fall’s top shoe trends. And along with a bouquet of fresh flowers, a bag of retail purchases and a to-go bowl, what was Holmes carrying? Her Madewell Essential Tote, of course—in a chocolate raisin colorway that’s available for pre-order now, while colors indigo, true black and warm cinnamon (that last is our favorite for its 1970s-throwback grooviness) are in stock now.

dana dickey

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Dana Dickey is a PureWow Senior Editor, and during more than a decade in digital media, she has scoped out and tested top products and services across the lifestyle space...

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