Even with every shape and size of bag available today, the classic crossbody is one style we always find ourselves returning to. No matter what the occasion is or what your personal style is, these convenient bags are always there to finish off your look. But have you ever wondered about how the crossbody bag came to be or even asked “what is a crossbody bag exactly”?
Today, we’ll be sharing the history of this timeless bag, what makes them so popular, how to wear a crossbody bag, and a few of our favorite varieties that you’re sure to love.
History of the Crossbody Bag
Dilly bags are traditional bags that were used by Australian Aboriginal people and are still used in certain parts of the country to this day. These bags are most often crafted from plant fibers like vines or tough dried grasses for added durability and sometimes lined with feathers to prevent small items from falling through the open weave. Their primary design function is to assist women in gathering and transporting food and they were also used by men to carry hunting tools.
The most noteworthy detail of these bags is the long carrying strap, often worn looped around the neck. This hands-free design allows for maximum mobility and comfort, just as we see in today’s crossbody bags.
In early modern times, we can see variations of the crossbody bag style being worn across Europe. These pouches were often embroidered and used to carry personal belongings like money, a time-telling device, jewelry, and food – not too far off from the things we carry in our bags today! These drawstring bags were also worn as wristlets or tied around the waist from time to time, showing that versatility in fashion was just as sought-after then as it is in today’s world.
What Makes Them So Popular Today?
As you can see, humans have always had the need for something that makes traveling with our belongings a breeze. As time has gone on, we’ve begun to strive for self-expression through our fashion choices and now have crossbody bags in every color and pattern imaginable. However, this bag is considered timeless for a reason.
Our main reasons for loving crossbody bags so much remain almost exactly the same. While we may crave just as much fashion as function from our bags, being able to comfortably reach into your bag while protecting your possessions from thieves is still an absolute must. Also, just like in the past, these bags are ideal for traveling!
Of course, a large portion of our travels are more for leisure than necessity these days, the comfort, convenience, and security these bags offer is still just as useful today as it was in the past.
How to Wear Crossbody Bags
So, now you know many of the reasons why crossbody bags are so great. But how should you wear them? As mentioned previously, these bags were worn more for necessity than fashion in the past, but not always.
Remember the ladies from early modern England and their embroidered crossbody bags? They wore these bags everywhere and with everything. And, just like them, you can wear yours with everything as well!
The crossbody bag is most often designed for everyday use. They’re usually simple, sleek, and low-profile for maximum versatility. For this reason, you can create just about any crossbody bag outfit you can think of. For a classic look, pair a neutral crossbody with a graphic tee, jeans, and fashionable sneakers.
If you’re looking for something bolder, try a floral bag with a vibrantly colored maxi dress for a stunning vacation outfit. The sky is truly the limit with these incredible bags!
A Few of Our Favorites
It probably comes as no surprise that we love a great crossbody bag, for all of the reasons listed above and more. MultiSac offers several different shapes, sizes, and colors of these incredible bags, making it easy to find the perfect fit for your lifestyle and wardrobe. Here are just a few of our favorite ones.
The first in our selection of affordable crossbody bags is the Mini Dynamic. Mini bags have been taking the spotlight in the fashion world for some time now and we’re happy to contribute to the trend! Although this bag is small, it offers plenty of room for your necessities and will make traveling in tightly packed spaces a breeze. Less is definitely more with this compact and convenient bag.
Not too big, not too small, but just right. The Zippy Crossbody bag offers the perfect middle ground in terms of size and is loaded with features to make your life just a little more organized. This bag includes three main compartments, zippered pockets, credit card slots, and even a dedicated cell phone pocket, making it a must-have for flights and travel in general. We also love our Chocolate II pattern and the way it mixes both smooth and pebbled textures with its material.
If you’re not willing to sacrifice any space, then this is the crossbody bag for you. The Dayton Large Crossbody offers tons of space for just about anything you could possibly need. Its large size and pockets make this bag the perfect carry-on bag or work bag. Pack your wallet, toiletries bag, tablet, lunch container, books, and even a light change of clothes into this bag for on-the-go convenience.
Crossbody Bags For You
Thank you for joining us on our full dive into what makes crossbody bags so popular and timeless. At MultiSac, we are huge believers in these wonderful bags and offer dozens of stylish and affordable options for you to choose from. Take a look at our selection of large, medium, and small crossbody bags and get ready to experience the comfort and convenience that only a great crossbody bag can offer.