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Fashion Favorite: Cross Body Bags


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Though I’m usually into spacious oversized bags, minimalist-inspired cross body bags have been on my radar for the past few months. Cross body bags are great for those times when you don’t need or want to carry a ton of stuff with you–think simple shopping trips, nights out, or house parties. And since you have to fit all of your things into that tiny space, you’ll make sure to pack only the essentials, right?

Why It’s a Favorite…

  • Security. Not only can you swing a cross body bag over your shoulder and walk with confidence knowing it won’t get in your way, but when you wear one across your body, it makes it difficult for anyone to swipe your stuff. That’s a plus any way you look at it!
  • Convenience. Let’s be honest: carrying around a cute clutch gets obnoxious sometimes! (Case in point? One of my good friends once brought a big silver clutch to a club and got so sick of carrying it that she threw it away!) And while we love wristlets, they can be annoying when you’re attempting to dance or grab a drink. With a cross body bag, though, you’re covered. Grab your things, slip it on, and forget about it until you need to touch up your lip gloss.
  • Cost-effective. Small purse, (usually) small price tag! Need I say more?!
  • Cute! I love the look of a cross body bag with just about any outfit. They’re a little bit sporty, totally chic, and work well whether you’re in an oversized sweater and leggings or a flirty bandage skirt. The hands-free style is catching on and some of our favorite celebrities seem to agree– so make sure to be on the lookout for cross body bags this season!

Tips for Purchasing a Bag of Your Own…

  • Pick a length that’s right for you. As with any other bag, when choosing a cross body purse, you should consider the length of the strap. Finding a length you like and that flatters you is fairly easy (and intuitive–short girl, shorter strap, tall girl, longer strap!) and many of today’s bags feature a strap that’s adjustable. Bonus points if you want to carry your cross body on one shoulder like a traditional purse!
  • Consider your shape. Cross body bags generally hit around the waist or hip. If you want to play down either of these areas, a larger bag in a solid color is a good bet. Want to show off your shape? Try a small, brightly-colored bag! The width of the strap of your bag will also highlight your shape, so choose accordingly.
  • Show your style! Consider yourself a boho babe? Try a distressed leather4 or ethnic-inspired bag! Classic? Go for a vintage leather satchel! Preppy? Go for a swing pack. Edgy? Look for studs, fringe, or bright colors! No matter what look you rock, you’ll be able to find a cute cross body bag to accent your outfit.

Cross Body Bags at Any Price Point!

$25 and Under

Product Information: F & F Cross Body Bag, Tesco.  Australia Weave Panel Bag, Portmans. Braided Strap Cross Body Bag, Tilly’s. Cross Body Studded Bag, Jane Norman. Cooperative Mini Nylon Cross-Body, Urban Outfitters.

$50 and Under

Product Information: Geometric Gypset Bag, Monsoon. Kimichi Blue Mini Woven Cross-Body Bag, Urban Outfitters. freeBird by The Sak Mini Bucket Bag, Endless. Leather Woven Chain Cross Body, Topshop. Tianni Sandy Cross Body, Endless.

$100 and Up

Product Information: Rebecca Minkoff Three-Zip Rocker Cross-Body, Endless. West/Feren Berkshire Cross-Body, Endless. Modalu Heart Cross Body, Pret-A-Beaute. Poppy Sequins Disco Bag, Coach. Marc by Marc Jacobs Petal To The Metal Flap Pouchette, Zappos.

What do you think?

Are you into cross body bags? Do you own one? Plan to get one? Let us know with you’re thinking with a comment!

Posted on on August 23, 2010 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , ,

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68 Responses to “Fashion Favorite: Cross Body Bags”

  1. 1
    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    my favourite cross-body bag is a little leather one with a gold buckle i got from thrifting, and it’s lasting forever, with no damage at all. the price…? 20p.

  2. 2
    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve been looking for the perfect cross-body bag and haven’t been able to find the right one for a few months now.

  3. 3
    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Great post! I LOVE crossbody bags! It’s my current fashion obsession. I haven’t too many that I liked in stores, but I’m lovin the ones you posted =]. Crossbody bags are so comfy and convenient. I sometimes like to wear mine over the shoulder.

  4. 4
    August 23rd, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Crossbody bags are so helpful, I’m a big fan of them. I have tiny ones that hold a credit card/phone etc. and larger ones for days when I want to take my camera and maybe a water bottle. These are fantastic for shopping or day trips!

  5. 5
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I have a question. Since some of these bags are from international stores, do they ship to the U.S.??

  6. 6
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I really love them, they are my favorite :)

  7. 7
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    My cross body bag is so much more casual than any of these, but I absolutely love it.

  8. 8
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    I love cross-body bags! Those are great ones, but they’re so easy to find at your local charity shop as well. I recently picked up a brown leather Espirit cross-body bag for $2! It’s definitely my go-to bag. :D

  9. 9
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you so much for writing. I’ve been looking for a good cross-body bag. Now you guys have narrowed my search:)

  10. 10
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    perfect post! i’ve been really into this trend lately. just bought a big one for school, in fact =]

  11. 11
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    I bought a cross body bag in Mexico and it’s my favorite bag. It’s so convenient !

  12. 12
    August 23rd, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    hah, i feel almost trendy! i’d been loyally using the same cross body bag for the past few years to carry my make-up and purse in to school. it broke so i bought another kind of bag – to find out these are stylish again! just my luck!

  13. 13
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I LOVE cross body bags! There’s a nice simplicity in having something small that only carries the essentials and doesn’t need to be carried on one shoulder, nook of the arm, or in my hand. I own at least four crossbody bags of different sizes and occasions.

  14. 14
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I own few bags that AREN’T cross body, just because I hate carrying purses and like having my hands free. I find one challenge of this style is that they’re kind of awkward if you have a larger bust (they tend to sort of awkwardly divide my boobs, kind of TMI but oh well) so I try not to weight myself down with too many things. I actually like adjusting my bags so that they fall at the waist, probably not super flattering but I find having a big purse dangling at my hip annoying.

  15. 15
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    love it do one about shoes please :D

  16. 16
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    I’m curious how this style would work (or not work) for someone with a large chest. Do you all think the cross-body bag would just accentuate a large chest – something bustier women usually don’t want.

  17. 17
    August 23rd, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    Love them… So cute and casual!

  18. 18
    August 23rd, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    these are my favorite! i just got a great new one this summer, and it makes carrying everything so easy. you can put it on and forget you’re holding it, and look really cute at the same time.
    definitely been there with clubs and parties, clutches and big purses get in the way constantly and these solve that problem!

  19. 19
    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Cute choices. I live in Europe, and here Cross-body bags are very popular. Actually ALL my bags are cross-body (except 1 black-tie clutch). But i have them also in bigger sizes. One, my mom made from an old chesnut suede jacket, actually fits an A4 clipboard, so i use it often for school:)

  20. 20
    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Love me my cross body bag. So perfect for school. I throw mine in my huge school bag so I have it with me for when I want to ditch my purse in my locker but still want to carry my essentials. It’s sooo handy.

  21. 21
    August 23rd, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Not to alarm any of you girls or deter you from buying these really great bags but I heard that there was an issue with ‘muggers’ actually taking scissors to the strap of cross body bags and taking off with them. While they do seem like they’re grab-and-go proof you’re not entirely safe.

  22. 22
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I have THREE and a few that are bigger but cross over the shoulder as well. I love them for when I’m on the go.

  23. 23
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Katie I havent heard anything. I mean it’s totally plausible, but sounds like another urban myth to me, like the “flashing your car lights at a gangster” type of thing lol.

  24. 24
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    I got a Fossil one for four dollars at Salvation Army :)

  25. 25
    August 23rd, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I LOVE crossbody bags!!! I esp. love using Vera Bradley’s Hipster! Def. my favorite crossbody style.

  26. 26
    August 23rd, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Can one of you guys write up something on bags, oversized purses and over trendy options and such for school? I think you might have done one a little while back, but I was hoping for an updated one now that I’m in college and currently looking for that perfect bag to carry everything in for school.

  27. 27
    August 23rd, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    I wrote the comment above and I realized that I forgot to add that I would like to see a bunch that are all cute and stylish options for $50 and under. Maybe a $100 dollars and under. Just a lot of options would be awesome. Thanks <3

  28. 28
    August 23rd, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    I bought a cross-body bag at Mango while studying abroad and I can’t recommend it enough if you’re going to be studying abroad at all. Theft is unbelievable there, and a cross-body bag is a great way to keep your stuff pretty securely on your body. Try to get one with an inside zipper pocket if you can, that’ll make your important things (cash, passport, other id) even more secure.

  29. 29
    August 23rd, 2010 at 11:49 pm

    These are the best! I’m planning on getting a smaller one for nights out/running errands soon. Thanks for doing a feature on this!

  30. 30
    August 24th, 2010 at 12:03 am

    I LOVE cross-body bags because I’m always afraid of forgetting clutches in stores. (Which I did one day but I remembered it by the time I got to the next store.) Plus I always have my hands free which is so helpful when you’re shopping by yourself and there aren’t any shopping baskets.

    I’m really into bags with two sets of handles too. I got a great one at Forever 21 on sale for $10. They have some really great options right now like a gorgeous orange double strap bag.

  31. 31
    August 24th, 2010 at 12:17 am

    I love my cross body bag! It is perfect because you never need to search through tons of stuff- you just have the essentials with you :] Great post!

  32. 32
    August 24th, 2010 at 12:34 am

    i LOVE this. i’ve always had a knack for these bags but never seem to find the right one. but one day i went travelling to another state and went shopping, i found the perfect one from Pull & Bear OMG i love it so much. the next day of shopping, i transferred all my essentials into my cross body bag and i’ve never felt so free! no hassle of carrying an oversized bag, no fear of people snatching my bag away cuz u can pull it to the front when walking in a crowd. highly recommended in every girls must-have list!!

  33. 33
    August 24th, 2010 at 1:16 am

    this is so funny because I just decided on and purchased a cross body bag earlier today! I love the style, it seems great for using on campus with all the walking/busing around.

    I just want to point out that if you are buying online, to check the bag demensions before ordering. They look bigger in pictures sometimes, I made that mistake and had to exchange mine =(

  34. 34
    August 24th, 2010 at 2:40 am

    I like the purple little bag very much, especially the heart shape. It looks cute.

    And i have a similar bag with it, Burberry Love Trim Single Shoulder Bag.

  35. 35
    August 24th, 2010 at 2:45 am

    Could someone please post something about what the essentials are in a purse? I always end up stuffing mine way too much or I end up missing things. Thanks!

  36. 36
    August 24th, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Yes! Every girl needs a crossbody bag! Love mine!

  37. 37
    August 24th, 2010 at 9:49 am

    Ow, i love your Website, it’s gorgeous!

  38. 38
    August 24th, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I’ve always eyed and drooled over cross body bags! They’re sooo cute and more flexible than a clutch. After reading this article I’m surely going to buy one soon! :D Thanks for showing such great bags to narrow my search.

  39. 39
    August 24th, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Just remember that when you wear a crossbody bag, you don’t let it swing to be behind you so it lays flat on your butt, rather than on the front part of your torso – extremely easy target for thefts and pickpocketing!

  40. 40
    August 24th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Great post!! Ever since I lost my clutch – containing my wallet and passport – in Berlin 6 months ago, I’ve made a personal pact to only wear purses that attach to my body. Since fanny packs are absolutely not an option, I now have a great collection of cross-body bags! They are seriously the best – so easy and convenient, near-impossible to lose, and a cute fashion statement. Thanks for the great suggestions, Liza!

  41. 41
    August 24th, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    What katie said is true. Theives have been known to simply cut the strap and take the purse. not an urban myth! But this generally only happens in pretty seedy areas or crowded tourest traps. so dont worry about it haha.

    I love crossbody bags! but I also sometimes worry because i have a large bust and it isnt always flattering to wear one…oh well, what can you do

  42. 42
    August 25th, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Like someone else, most of my bags are cross body; I mean, why would you carry a purse? You might just carry your stuff as well!

    However, a piece of advice from a girl who’s been living with scoliosis since she was 12: don’t carry a lot of weight! As with any assymetric type of bag (like a totebag), you’ll be holding the weight with just the right or left side of your body: this ovestrains your muscles and might in the long run result in a bad posture and back pains. Use a backpack if you’re carrying too many books.

  43. 43
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:36 am

    Really Great Post .. I love cross body bags , it helps me in every way .

  44. 44
    August 25th, 2010 at 4:36 am

    I have a lot of cross body bags that I use now and then, especially when I want my hands. More than trendy, they’re convenient. Most of mine are bigger ones but I have a few small ones that I have been using lately too.

  45. 45
    August 25th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    I must be in the minority because I DO NOT like cross-body bags at all. Like someone mentioned up in the comments, these bags can be unflattering when you have a large chest. I have never found one that I didn’t think looked awkward across my boobs.

  46. 46
    August 26th, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I know it’s a bit pricey, but I got a bigger version of the Marc by Marc Jacobs one featured. It’s the best for security because the zipper that goes around the flap is actually a compartment that extends the length of the bag and is closest to the body. I store my student ID/passport/debit card, anything that I want to make sure no one touches. Great for shopping because it frees up your arms!

  47. 47
    August 26th, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    I love them! I have too many.I recently bought a bag from for Urban Outfitters, and I’m completely in love with it! I can use it for work and school.

  48. 48
    August 29th, 2010 at 3:30 am

    I use a crossbody every time I go to Disneyland and absolutely love them for their hands-free convenience so much I started carrying them for school and shopping, too. Finally, a purse I actually don’t mind carrying!

    I would totally love to see some super cute outfit ideas here!

  49. 49
    September 1st, 2010 at 7:20 am

    I was searching for the perfect small cross body bag since I am going to NYC for a few days and don’t want to be bothered with carrying a purse but I also am not interested in wearing a backpack everywhere. I found the PERFECT little black crossbody bag PacSun. They also have a really nice one in brown. $20.00!

  50. 50
    September 1st, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    definitely not secure!!!! i got my $300 phone and money stolen from my cross-the-body bag at the Gay Pride Festival in SF.

  51. 51
    September 3rd, 2010 at 5:13 pm


  52. 52
    September 14th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    I was just at St. Vincent DePaul’s and they have so many cute cross body bags for so cheap! I procured an adorable vintage one for only four dollars. Seriously, thrift stores are the way to go on this trend.

  53. 53
    September 19th, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    What is the name of the bag in the picture?? I absolutely love it, or could you tell me one that looks a lot like it? :)

  54. 54
    October 8th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    OOh, i saw a tan cross body bag at H and M & I am planning to get it:)

  55. 55
    November 1st, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    I carry my funtote bag to school, not a big fan of crossbody bags.

  56. 56
    December 8th, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    You popped up on google when I did a search for a subject. Glad I found your blog. I’ll subscribe to your RSS feed.. btw.. I am looking for the facebook like icon to add this piece to my feed.. do you have one?

  57. 57
    January 28th, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    I love my cross body bag that I got from the company “The Sak”. While I spent a bit more than I ever thought I would spend on a purse. I’m absolutely in love with it and haven’t even so much as thought about buying another purse since I got it. :)

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