Go Hands-Free: Why The Cross-Body Bag Is Fashion’s Favourite Carry-All

This classic is bang on trend.

Chanel Cross Body Bag Fashion Week Street Style

by Sophie Henderson |

When it comes to easy accessories, nothing beats the a hands-free cross-body. Consider the benefits. For starters, there’s no chance of it getting lost - how many clutches have you surrendered to sticky nightclub floors? And just think how much more you can squeeze in than the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them mini bags that became a surprise hit last season.

With the appetite for timeless fashion and conscious shopping only gaining momentum, no wonder cross-body bags are once again slung across the most stylish women out there. They have longevity. In a nifty midi size, sitting somewhere between the XXS and the XXL on the spectrum, they have a long-lasting, practical appeal that makes them a clever investment. Plus, there’s a shape - from slouchy to structured - for everyone.

We wouldn’t dream of telling you what to stash in yours, but it’s worth bearing in mind that it won’t hold the kitchen sink. A less is more approach is best. Start by streamlining your wallet into a card holder and coin purse. Your make-up bag should be condensed into the bare essentials - lip balm, mascara and cheek tint - and, finally, opt for a novella instead of a hardback.


SHOP: The best cross-body bags

demellier cross-body bag
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& Other Stories, Suede Cross-Body Bag, £125
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Fendi, Denim Baguette, £1,850
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COS, Mini Leather Tote, £89
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Loewe, Gate Bag, £1,450
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Arket, Soft Leather Clutch Bag, £150
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Manu Atelier, Cylinder bag, £345
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Whistles, Bibi Cross-Body Bag, £129
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Elleme, Baguette Crocodile-Effect Leather Cross-Body Bag, £465
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Ganni, Padded Tech Bag, £125
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By Far, Brown Billy Snake-Print Leather Bag, £415
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Massimo Dutti, Leather Cross-Body Bag, £89.95
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Jil Sander, Small Leather Cross-Body Bag, £740
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