If you haven’t noticed, the compact cross body bag is available for sale in numerous boutiques, department stores and on-line retailers. It is about time. A few years ago the only cross body bag you could find were designed for middle-aged tourists or college boys. Now the fashionably inclined get the pick of the litter. I recommended stocking up if you are a fan of the utilitarian look – you never know how long it takes designers and buyers to give up on a cause.
Personally, I adore the cross body bag for the numerous moments in my life when I want my hands free: travel, casual parties, jean looks, window-shopping, a day at the park, and, of course, insert your hands free occasion here. There is also something very hip and chic about it. The cross body bag on a person seems to speak loudly to everyone around, “I am too interesting to have my hands occupied with a clutch or large sac of a purse. My hands and arms are now free to perform intelligent or risqué activities.”
The cross body bag that I am sporting at my down the street restaurant is from L.A.M.B. Compact and stylish I can hold my wallet necessities, camera, phone, gum and lip balm comfortably when I go for a more urban or casual chic look.
Another stylish cross body bag is this Anuschka:
And here are three fabulous cross-body goodies from B. Makowsky:
A stylish, slightly larger option for the cross body this BCBGeneration goodie:
For some color, I am liking this Betsey Johnson version:
Now, I am not a into cutesy bags, but if you are going to do cute, go with Vera Bradley's take on the cross body:
Here is a chic and simple UGG cross body bag:
Let's not forget Cole Haan:
For some old money chic try DKNY:
And Now an Ecko Red:
Knowing what to style buy is essential, but knowing what not to buy can be equally important when discovering the cross body purse for you. Here are some cross body bags to ignore:
This Columbia brand bag is too much hiker and not enough runway.
This Marc by Marc Jacobs bag is great for a man, too masculine for an en vogue woman.