Cross Body Bag


A cross body bag can be the teensy little break from the big ones. Because let's face it. There are days when you feel like carrying a small cross body purse without hurting your shoulder or having a sack that won't distract you when you're out hanging with your friends, boyfriend, or going shopping!

Tan bohemian crossbody purse by Jessica Simpson
Boho Chic Crossbody Purse via Zappos/Jessica Simpson

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They are a great swap from schlumpy backpacks and when you don't feel like carrying your whole life in one large bag anymore. Did I mention they're cute too? The cross body bag has an extra long strap that allows you to loop the strap over one shoulder, and across your body. It rests on your waist or hip, keeping your hands free.

Cross body bags are available in many styles to suit each and every woman's needs, from the classic and versatile leather to sexy patent, hip and eclectic boho prints to practical messengers, and many, many more!


How to Select the Right Cross Body Bag

The best length for your height

Fossil purple crossbody bag
Fossil's 'Sasha'
Whether you're buying online or not, always take a note of the strap length, or atleast buy a bag with an adjustable strap. A cross-body bag should fall on either your waist or hip (or wherever you want to draw attention to) and never below your upper thigh.

    fashion tip Tip: If it's a bit too long, you can also tie a small knot at the top of the strap. Or if it's too short, have a tailor fix it for you. You can also detach the strap from the body and buy a new and longer one.

The right style for your body shape

Pleated brown crossbody purse
Fossil's 'Talita'
Since a cross body bag naturally falls down to either your hip or waist, it can draw unwanted attention to that area.

If you have wide hips and thighs - you can either choose to highlight that area or draw attention away from it. So if you want to accentuate your curves, look for a light colored or/and detailed bag.

If you're not comfortable with your curves, buy it in solid dark neutral such as black, olive green or dark brown. Or in any color that blends in with your bottom.

Select the right bag for your personal style

Obviously, cross body bags range in different sizes and styles - from teeny-tiny to large-messenger-ish. From solids to prints. The right bag is your calling card - it needs to complement your outfit and define personal style.

Classy leather

Leather crossbody saddle purse
Fossil's leather 'Talita'

If you have a chic-classy style I would definitely go for leather, I mean, you can never go wrong with a leather bag! It's perfect for the gal who wants to showcase her style with class. Just avoid the super-shiny patent ones..

Cross body bag purses in leathery black, beige, dark navy blue, tan or dark brown are season-less and match with everything you own.

Want to take your outfit up a notch or want something that match your casual and perhaps bohemian style? Then look for trendy details like braids, pleats, gold or silver studs, single or double buckle, outer pockets, flap closure.


Vintage cross body bag

Dooney & Bourke Vachetta vintage purse
Dooney & Bourke 'Vachetta'

Add charming and unique flair to your outfit with a vintage cross body bag!

The exciting thing about vintage cross bags is that they exhibit signs of age and wear (unless you're going for a vintage-inspired bag) and have an old-fashioned craftsmanship - making them an overall more durable purse.

And since these were made back in the old days and are completely discontinued, the chances of seeing anyone other than yourself carrying the same bag are quite slim :)

If you want the real thing (a true vintage bag) expect to pay a bit more than a vintage bag that has been made to look like it (vintage inspired).

Typical characteristics of a vintage(-inspired) purse are: signs (effects) of age and wear, gold or silver frame, slouchy body, buckle, contrasting trims (cream with tan brown), floral grandma style. Go to a thrift store or borrow your grandmother's bag pouch!

See Style & Shopping Guide to Vintage Fashion


Print Cross Body

Fossil paisley print crossbody purse
Fossil's 'Ansley'

Simple leather purses go hand in hand with a trendy outfit or a print dress, however, if I really want to express my style (which is a mix of Classy, Romantic & Boho) I don't mind throwing on something less serious with one of my favorite print bags that ooze bohemian!

So if you love colors or fun details in general, I suggest looking for cross body purses in styles that reflect your clothing personality - (Updated) Classic, Trendy, Romantic, Sporty, Dramatic, Eclectic, Bohemian or Sporty.

I would pair it with a basic outfit, but if you're feeling playful wear it with a print dress - but just make sure that the dress has similar colors (different nuance is ok) as the bag. For example if the purse has some red in it, wear a print that also has some red in it. Or you could go for a neutral blue and white polkadot print. Click here to learn more about neutrals


Casual cross body bag

Roxy multi pocket practical crossbody purse
Roxy 'Back Alley'

I'm referring to messenger bags and anything with extra pockets on the outside. They're quite practical when you need to carry different things in one place without having to opt for a regular handbag which will only distract your arm and hands.

Although leather will outlast you, if you're on a budget or are just not into leather bags, then a wise choice would be a canvas cross body. It will last a long time and is extremely durable. And not least, easy to care for!



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