The cross-body bag started as a casual day bag trend but is now on its second iteration as a day-to-night option.
Bags with edgy snakeskin or glitzy chain straps and scaled-down size work for night and day, making them worth the investment. Of course, you have to be able to pare down your bag swag to fit the smaller purse.
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! 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.
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.
I often use a cross-body when I am on a day trip, stashing just the essentials in the smaller purse. Rarely do I find that I miss the other purse clutter that is left behind in my big girl bag, making me tempted to downsize permanently.
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?
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!
Consider yourself a boho babe? Try a distressed leather 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.