The Cross Body Bag

Do you remember when cross-body bags looked boring and practical?  You bought one of these bags out of necessity, for holidays and long walks or if you need two free hands at all times. Now we buy them because (along with the reasons above) they are looking really good and we are choosing to buy them rather than needing to.

There are small cross-body bags which are perfect for an evening out and much more convenient for pub crawling than carrying a clutch. Or for those occasions when you just need to throw in your purse, phone and lipstick.  Then there are larger handbags that are so practical for all day shopping trips when you do need those two free hands, as well as plenty of handbag space.  We've hand picked some of our favourites, which will seriously shake up your wardrobe:

3.1 PHILIP LIM Alix Navy Leather Cross-body Bag, £735/$932

3.1 PHILIP LIM Alix Navy Leather Cross-body Bag, £735/$932

ALLSAINTS Arc Crossbody Bag in Sienna, £128/$178

ALLSAINTS Arc Crossbody Bag in Sienna, £128/$178

JIMMY CHOO Black & Gold Spazzolato Leather Bag, £895/$1,450

JIMMY CHOO Black & Gold Spazzolato Leather Bag, £895/$1,450

MANGO Buckle Bag in Chocolate, £35.99/$44

MANGO Buckle Bag in Chocolate, £35.99/$44

 
STELLA MCCARTNEY Beck Small Leopard-print Cross-body Bag, £585/$711

STELLA MCCARTNEY Beck Small Leopard-print Cross-body Bag, £585/$711

ALLSAINTS Kita Crossbody Bag in Mink Grey, £198/$298

ALLSAINTS Kita Crossbody Bag in Mink Grey, £198/$298

KURT GEIGER LONDON Croc Plum Cross-body Bag, £150/$182

KURT GEIGER LONDON Croc Plum Cross-body Bag, £150/$182

JIMMY CHOO Rebel Soft S in Canyon, £995/$1,695

JIMMY CHOO Rebel Soft S in Canyon, £995/$1,695

DKNY Small Leather Cross-Body Bag in Black, £215/$261

DKNY Small Leather Cross-Body Bag in Black, £215/$261

GUCCI Soho Leather Disco Bag in Red, £715/$869

GUCCI Soho Leather Disco Bag in Red, £715/$869

PAUL SMITH Blue 'Concertina' Cross-body Bag, £550/$825

PAUL SMITH Blue 'Concertina' Cross-body Bag, £550/$825