Every stylish woman will tell you that when it comes to accessorizing, nothing completes your look like a great everyday bag. The perfect bag is a wardrobe staple that should be second to none when it comes to functionality and style, and nothing fits these criteria better than the classic crossbody bag.
Crossbody bags have remained a popular style for several years, and for good reason. These bags offer all of the functionality of a standard top-handle bag but with much more versatility and ease of wear. They are hands-free, low-profile, and don’t have to be taken off the body, making them ideal for those who are prone to misplacing things. What’s not to love about that?
How Your Crossbody Should Fit
Since crossbody bags are usually worn with the strap placed around your body, it’s important to consider the fit of your bag.
The most important factor to think about is the length of the strap. A strap length that’s too short or long can be inconvenient, uncomfortable, and even have an unflattering effect on the body. Ideally, your crossbody bag should hit just above the hip. This allows it to be easily accessible and prevents your hip from jostling around the contents too much.
You should also consider the shape and size of your bag and how it applies to your lifestyle. Are you the type to carry all of your essentials with you in case of emergencies? Or do you think less is more when it comes to your bag contents? Make sure you pick a crossbody bag that meets these needs. You may also want to think about the material of your bag before purchasing, as some materials stand up to the elements better than others.
How to Wear Crossbody Bags
One of the best reasons to pick up a crossbody bag is its undeniable versatility. These bags go with almost every outfit and are perfect for adding a fashionable finishing touch to your look. But what are some of the best ways to implement this timeless style into your wardrobe?
Implementing Your Crossbody Bag Into Your Wardrobe
Here are some effortless ways to implement your bag into your wardrobe, complete with some of our favorite crossbody picks.
1. Add a pop of color or vibrant print to your look.
We all know the feeling of picking out the perfect outfit, but still feeling it’s still missing that “spark”. An easy way to remedy this is by adding in a bit of interest using your accessories. Our Mini Dynamic Crossbody offers a bold floral pattern that will instantly elevate a bland look and make for an eye-catching statement piece. For a more subdued, but still colorful element, you can also try our Micro Everest Crossbody Bag in one of our more vibrant colors or patterns.
2. Incorporate your crossbody into your office wardrobe.
Crossbody bags are a great choice for the office, as they can easily carry all of your essentials while leaving your hands free to grab what you need. While a more colorful option is perfect for adding some interest to your everyday work look, a more understated option may be the best choice for a more conservative workplace. Our Summerville East West Crossbody Bag is a fantastic option for even the strictest office dress codes. The faux leather exterior and thoughtfully placed zipper details make this bag an incredibly chic way to accessorize your look. The size of this bag is also ideal for those needing plenty of space for their belongings. Another chic option is East West Zip Around Crossbody, with its understated and stylish contrasting design.
3. Add utility and style to your vacation look.
If you’re a jet setter, crossbody bags are your best friend. Other than jazzing up your outfit, these bags deter pickpockets and thieves. This makes them ideal for traveling, especially if you plan on going abroad. Our Large Laredo Crossbody is great for traveling and can carry all of your on-the-go essentials thanks to its large size and multiple pockets. For a great versatile piece, also be sure to check out the Jamie Convertible Backpack Sling. This bag can be converted from a sling bag to a backpack and easily accommodates larger items like tablets, sweatshirts, and shoes that you may need access to on your travels.
4. Use your crossbody bag to carry your beach essentials.
It can be quite a hassle to get prepared for a day on the beach. After all, keeping track of all the smaller necessities like sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, phones, cards, and keys isn’t always easy. Thankfully, thanks to a crossbody bag’s many compartments, you can neatly organize what you need and spend more time catching rays and waves. Not to mention this leaves your hands free for any larger items you have to carry as well. The Reno Crossbody Bag is an absolute must-have for a day at the beach and features a durable nylon material that can withstand sandy, wet conditions and is easily washable.
5. Wear your bag as the ultimate casual wear staple.
The most obvious way to use your crossbody bag is as the perfect all-around day bag. As we said before, the crossbody’s ease of use and style make it ideal for wearing with all your favorite casual outfits. The Hayes Crossbody Bag offers a timeless design with the convenience and versatility that these bags offer. The high-quality vegan leather exterior is easy to wash and the classic color choices will go with just about everything in your wardrobe. For a slightly smaller option, the Darien Mini Crossbody Bag is a great pick for those who only need their bare necessities. This style is also a good choice for younger girls and makes a great gift.
6. Get Creative
Crossbody bags are inherently meant to be worn across your body. I mean, it's in the name, but what other ways could we wear a crossbody bag? Well, does your crossbody have an adjustable strap like most MultiSac Handbags do? If so, then we can have some fun!
Shorten the shoulder strap to wear your crossbody bag as a shoulder bag! This is great for easy access situations. When you shorten the strap, your bag will hug your hip and be right by your side. It also nice to wear it like this for when you are constantly needing to take your bag on and off like when you're getting in and out of your car or if you're about to sit down at a restaurant.
What about a belt bag? Well, most straps don't detach, so how could I wear it as a belt bag? Easy, just shorten your shoulder strap so your bag can wrap around your waist! Nervous about it falling off? Grab a carabiner, or some clips, to secure your bag to your belt loops. BOOM! You now have a fashionable fanny pack right on your hips!
The Possibilities Are Endless
As you can see, the possibilities for wearing your crossbody bag are almost limitless! Because of the versatility and effortless style these bags bring, they are sure to remain a must-have in women’s wardrobes for years to come. Be sure to check out our full collection and begin the journey of finding your dream crossbody bag.