What Is a Crossbody Bag?
If you don’t have a crossbody bag hiding somewhere in your home, then WOW, you are missing out my dear. Not only can a crossbody carry everything that you insist on holding onto or stuffing into your pockets—or god forbid… your bra—a crossbody bag comes hands-free! This means no more juggling all of your belongings while trying to unlock your front door and telling Fido to stop barking from all the excitement as you arrive home!
Not only that but the crossbody bag has deep roots in history as a crucial part of the facilitation of mail distribution and communication. If you have something important to transport then the crossbody bag will be your best bet at keeping your essential items intact. With a myriad of beautiful patterns, fabrics, interiors, and sizes to add to your purse collection, MultiSac has a huge selection of crossbody bags to choose from.
History of the Crossbody Bag
While we might not have been carrying around lipsticks, cell phones, car keys, and other modern items back in the stone ages; mankind has always needed to carry things, since the dawn of hunters and gatherers. In an interesting article by the Women’s Museum of California, “a woman’s pockets were an entirely separate garment, worn tied around the waist under her skirts. The large volume of women’s skirts made it easy to hide the bulk of pockets.”
Later when bags grew in popularity, outer-worn handbags were considered daring and a little scandalous, originally on par with women’s undergarments, the handbag was now becoming an outside fixture seen by everyone. At the close of the nineteenth century, functional handbags became all the rage. Designed by Louis Vuitton and deemed as mini suitcases, these functional handbags started a revolution.
Where the Crossbody Bag Originated
What is a crossbody bag? Well, hold on a second, in the same Women’s Museum of California article, "in the 1940s, women’s bags were simple and functional, reflecting the more somber sensibilities and limited resources of wartime.” Hence, marking the arrival of the shoulder or crossbody bag. Styled similarly to the military satchels donned by men in the war, the crossbody bag was perfect for the working woman who cycled or walked from home to work every day in an effort to support her family. “Later, this same style of bag would be reclaimed by women in the sixties as a down-to-earth counterpoint to the popular plastics of the space age.”
When the Crossbody Bag Gained Popularity
The crossbody bag, also known as the messenger bag, was manufactured as a bag for telephone lineman after originating in the 1950s and gained more popularity amongst the messenger community in the early/mid-80s. Becoming the staple for messenger and communication-related business, the messenger/crossbody bag has roots tied to the “Pony Express, postmen, running messengers in many an early civilization, or bicycle messengers from the era of the telegraph messenger boy to the present,” all according to an article by Ride the Machine.
I Am Sold. Now, Which One Do I Choose?
If you’ve finally seen the light on how a crossbody bag could change your life for the better, from organization to efficiency and not to mention, style—then you’re ready to peruse some of the best crossbody bags on the market. A bag rich with history and beautiful and efficient by design is exactly what you need in your wardrobe. From small to large, you’re sure to find the perfect crossbody bag to suit your needs (and belongings).
For the Easy-Going Trendsetter
For our first crossbody bag outfit, we’re featuring the Darien Mini Crossbody Bag. If you’re on the way to a small get-together or social gathering at a park or rooftop, then this is the bag for you. Featuring two main compartments, a secure zip-top, and zip around pocket, this vegan leather crossbody will be the envy of all your friends. Completely washable too! This is the ideal bag for last-minute trips or sporadic social events! Pair with jeans and a light buttoned-down shirt, and voila! You’re all set.
For the Queen Who Only Wears Black
Absolutely stunning; this all-black vegan leather crossbody bag with white stitching is definitely an eye-catcher. Class up your crossbody bag outfit with the Bridge Crossbody Bag; featuring a top zip main pocket, 2 front zipper pockets, a cell phone pocket, two front open pockets, and one back wall zipper pocket. Pair with dark wash jeans and a leather jacket to pull off the ultimate sleek look at happy hour with co-workers or your Friday night date.
For the Fashionista Who Prefers Comfort
The Irvine Mini Crossbody might be just the bag for you. This dove grey vegan leather mini crossbody is perfect for someone who wants a pop of color elsewhere. This luxurious purse features a zipper closure, one external front zip pocket with a pleated gusset, an adjustable strap, and guess what, it’s washable too! Complete your crossbody bag outfit with a cozy sweater or a light sundress for the ultimate look of a woman who just wants to feel beautiful without too many snaps, straps, enclosures, buckles, oh my!
A Healthy Habit to Keep in Mind
In an Everyday Health Article, “a bag should weigh no more than 10 percent of your body weight, according to the American Chiropractic Association. Lugging more than that on one side of your body can lead to back and shoulder pain.” A crossbody bag might be the answer to your back problems, hence the name ‘crossbody,’ you can swing your bag over your shoulder and allow for the weight of the bag to distribute evenly across your back instead of on one side.
It makes perfect sense as to why the crossbody bag gained so much popularity and has stuck with us for so long. As new ways to improve the crossbody bag hit the market, jump in while the water’s hot!