I started thinking about how brilliant crossbody bags are when Marvellous Mother In Law and I started looking online to choose one that she could use when out walking Hillie, her Dachshund. Almost every handbag designer or brand offers at least one crossbody bag. Which means there are a myriad of styles, shapes and sizes to choose from. I’ve trawled the internet and discovered some of the very best…
Marvellous Mother In Law plumped for a Gift Pop bag that Annabel discovered at the Early Early Christmas Fair last year. The Fair is a great place to discover new and exciting brands with the added benefit that it raises funds for the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This year, due to Covid, the EEC Fair will be digital but none the less a treasure trove for that. This bag is part of a three part set that costs £55.
If you could only have one bag, a crossbody would be a practical choice. Adding one to your outfit instantly gives you an effortlessly youthful look.
I know several discerning women who are the proud owners of one of these Meg & Bee bags. Great quality and very practical, each crossbody bag comes with its own matching thin leather strap as standard. The idea is that you ring the changes with their wide range of interchangeable straps. £110. MORE INFO
Practical, stylish and versatile – crossbody bags also transition easily from day to night.
This Windsor Italian Leather Saddlebag from MyExquisite is excellent value at £54.99 and is available in 17 different colours. 10% discount with code EXQ10. MORE INFO
I love how a crossbody bag is just – well – there. You don’t have to remember to pick it up or have to put it down. It’s just one less thing to think about. They are just so easy to throw on and give you hands-free freedom.
Sale time is a great time to invest in a brand that may normally be out of reach. Lulu Guinness for example. This navy Patsy Cross bag is £157 reduced from £225 and available in several wonderful colours. MORE INFO
If you love wearing white in the Summer, this one could be for you. Rambler Crossbody with Varsity Stripe from Coach £225 (was £450) reduced MORE INFO
Margaux medium convertible crossbody from Kate Spade £115 reduced from £190 in several colours, but isn’t this Blush Multi colourway elegant. MORE INFO
Although they are available in various sizes, the most stylish crossbody bags are usually medium or small ones. A large bag hanging over your body is likely to overwhelm you – to say nothing of banging against your hip as you walk along. And unless you lug your whole life around with you in your handbag, there is ample room for essentials such as your mobile, a hairbrush, mirror, wallet and so on.
See By Chloé Joan Leather Suede Mini Satchel Bag £275 MORE INFO
Camera ‘A’ bag by Aspinal of London (five other colours available) £275 MORE INFO
It’s an ageless style – even my 90 year old mother loves her crossbody because she has her hands free to use her walker.
Anya Hindmarch’s Neeson in a lightweight handwoven leather MORE INFO
A crossbody bag can be worn on either side of your body, whichever feels most comfortable. And, as Trinny says, they are great for those of us with ample bosoms and the strap visually reduces the size of your breasts because it lies between them.
OK, OK I hear you say – who can afford to splash out on a genuine Chanel bag in this day and age? Mine is thirty years old and still going strong, so testament to the superb quality. I was lucky to be treated to one for a big birthday many years ago and it never fails to make me feel confident when I wear it. However, these days it seems rather shallow to splash out quite so much on one handbag and there are lots of similar style bags out there on the internet. Such as these two from Fairfax & Favor £250. MORE INFO or Artichoke Collection £54 (the same place I found this wonderful cotton shirt and super stylish pull on trousers).
Last but not least, a brightly coloured crossbody bag will really perk up an otherwise ordinary outfit.
This gorgeous red push lock number is from The Cambridge Satchel Company. Imagine this worn with navy and white – super chic. It is available in five other colours and costs £100. MORE INFO
Or how about this Camila Soft Italian Leather Tassel? Comes in a myriad of light and dark colours. £39.99 from MyExquisite. 10% discount with code EXQ10. MORE INFO