The crossbody bag: Get your hands on the hands-off craze

crossbody bag

The crossbody has been around for a while, and I can’t really see it disappearing anytime soon, which is a good thing.

I was slow to start with this trend when it first came out, now I own a lot (okay, confession time, I’m obsessed) and can’t live without them.

I thought they were too casual at first, and anyone over 30 shouldn’t be wearing one. What the hell was wrong with me!

Firstly, bags are ageless and you should bloody well wear what you want to, and secondly the crossbody is the perfect running-around-getting-stuff-done-bag.

It fits all the necessities like keys, lippy, credit card and your phone, and leaves you hands free to get on with the day. They are perfect if you are running around and need your hands free for more important things, like shopping and wine.

The ultimate handsfree option
A classic shape in white

The latest crossbody bags are colourful, bold, bright and come in different shapes. The classic camera bag is still around, but we’ve now got bum-bags used as crossbody bags (a more slouchier silhouette), we’ve got triangle shapes and so much more.

Straps are taking on a new look too, we’ve got chains, and the emergence of the thick multi-coloured fabric strap. I love these; it’s a quick and inexpensive way to give your bag an update.

This Mon Purse baby blue is the perfect shape and colour.
A bold colour a contrasting strap always looks great.

When it comes to bags, my number one tip is to buy quality: you want them to last.

Also don’t be afraid of buying vintage – you can get a great bag at a fantastic price, which is brilliant quality, and it has a story and is usually different from what everyone else has.

Class shape and colour.
Simple, classic and refined.
My top tips for crossbody bags
  • Don’t be afraid of colour. A bag can elevate a plain outfit.
  • Buy quality (it doesn’t need to cost the earth) but a good quality bag will always add polish to your look.
  • Take care of it, read care instructions. If you look after it, it will last for years.
  • If you only have budget for one, go for something that will work with everything (think classic colours).
  • I always use dust bags; it helps protect the bag while not in use.
  • Some of my favourite labels are Karen Walker (classic, quality and a little quirky), I love vintage classics like Louis Vuitton, Mon Purse (as you can design something yourself and the quality is very good), Loup Noir for something completely different and that hardly anyone will have.
  • There are many high street stores making bags, which are cost effective, leather and good quality. Think Country Road and Witchery.
  • Watch out for seasonal sales with Oroton, you can bag a bargain for a great price, they are a good quality ‘middle of the road’ option, and at sale time you get up to 50% off.
  • One of my favourites looks at the moment is a solid colour with a multi coloured strap (you can buy straps separately if your bag has removable straps – this is a great way to update your bag, add character or make it more versatile).
  • Crossbody bags are great weekend bags if you are out and about.
  • I take a large tote while travelling and shove everything in it for the plane, but also wear my crossbody bag (that is zipped closed and more secure) and put my passport, wallet and phone in it.
  • There are so many bag designers, local and international who make incredible quality bags at great prices, just google – you’ll find places like Status Anxiety, Marc Jacobs, Deadly Ponies, The Daily Edited, Mimco, etc.
  • Obviously there are the large labels like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Chloe, Chanel etc but be prepared to splash the cash.

Most importantly, have fun. It’s fashion after all. We’re not saving lives here! Don’t take it too seriously and just remember, it doesn’t matter if you spend $100 or $10,000 – you can still get a good quality leather bag. Fashion, whether it’s bags or clothes, is all about how you wear it and your attitude.

Here’s to the crossbody bag and having those hands free for more important things, like wine.