Ever find yourself scrolling through Instagram posts tagged with #crossbodybag just for fun? Hey, it makes sense. Crossbody bags are chic, and the ladies who love them on your feeds tend to wear really great outfits.
The crossbody style has been around for so long that it pre-dates trends—which we’re pretty sure qualifies means it’s a true classic. The crossbody is a fun option whether you’re running errands while the kids are at school or going out with the gals at night. Stylish, cool and practical, the crossbody carries its weight in your rotation. And here are four reasons why.
4 Reasons to Love the Crossbody Bag
1. They’re practical
The crossbody is worn on one side of your body, with the strap looped over the opposite shoulder. Worn this way, the bag is very secure—purse snatchers won’t even bother with you—plus your hands are free. And two free hands means you can hold your phone and scroll through your feeds at the same time. Or you could do something more important, like carry your coffee.
2. They’re timeless
Bag trends some and go, but the crossbody is a mainstay. Sure, sizes and shapes may fluctuate with the trends, but it’s rare to see a crossbody bag that’s truly outdated.
The style has been around for a long time, but the popularity really gained ground about six or seven years ago. It was like the fashion gals traded in their giant totes en masse—perhaps suddenly realizing they really didn’t need to take their entire beauty cabinet plus a laptop with them everywhere.
Because the style is so timeless, it’s a good candidate for an investment piece. In other words, you know it’ll be stylish for years, so you can spend more for higher quality.
3. They suit any style
There are so many crossbody styles available that shopping for one might be overwhelming. An easy place to start is with the fabric. Do you want a leather bag or a textile one?
Leather feels luxurious and is remarkably durable. If you prefer an upscale look, leather is the way to go.
A textile bag has a more casual feel and, of course, is animal-friendly. You’ll find textile bags in many weights, colors and patterns, and the price point is often lower than leather options.
4. They’re celeb-worthy
Celebs and influencers love a good crossbody bag. Gwyneth Paltrow, Chiara Ferragni, A$AP Rocky and Gal Gadot are just a few of the famous fashion icons that’ve been spotted wearing this bag style.
To keep your look celeb-worthy, choose a style that’s small to medium in size. You’ll see that the best crossbody outfits are balanced—the bag is big enough to stand out, but not so big as to overwhelm the body.
And yes, guys can wear crossbody bags too! Would your significant other go for it? Let us know in the comments!
Sienna Ana Belic is a copywriter and content creator based in Zagreb, Croatia. Lover of all things beautiful, Sienna's interests include fashion, beauty, photography, interior design and lifestyle. She loves immersing herself in her city's coffee culture while reading the latest issue of Vogue or catching up with her BFFs.
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