For the past two years the fashion world has been clutch crazy. When the clutch first popped up on runways and tucked under show-goers arms, I had to convince my friends that carrying one was easier and more practical than a massive shoulder bag. ‘Edit and carry less’ became the mantra to support the trend.
That’s all well and good, and a clutch is great for evening, but as a practical run-around bag, I have changed my mind. Doing errands with a clutch tucked under my arm or worse, in my hand, is annoying and just not practical. Also not terribly safe as I have to put it down so often. Sunday we went to see Coldplay at the Barclay Center (amazing!) and neither a clutch nor a shoulder bag was a great option. I wish I had a mini cross-body bag.
Cross-body bags are certainly not new, but out of sheer need, I really want one. If you have a bust (as I do), this style may not have topped your list. But with a coat or parka, a messenger-style bag would work and I am going to give one a try.
18-karat gold turquoise ring
Kalia denim jacket
Lighter-heel leather mules
Carolina single-breasted wool-twill cocoon coat
Demi-fine 14K gold-plated hoop
Oversized-lapel double-breasted wool-blend coat
Quincy shiny ballerina loafer mule
Pleated checked wool midi skirt
Checked wool blazer
High-rise straight-leg jeans
Blanche leather ankle boots
Bellechasse medium leather-trimmed canvas bag