January 2nd, 2013

Cross your heart

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.

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  • Highly recommend. I only carry a clutch out to dinner, impractical otherwise. Last year I did buy the Chloe mini cross body bag and I wear it to movies, theatre, concerts etc. all the time. When I bought it I thought it might be impractical, but it’s proven to be indispensable.

    kathyJanuary 2nd, 2013  10:39 AM

  • I am dying for the Givenchy Pandora in bright orange for spring. You post may be just the inspiration I need to pull the trigger on the purchase. The cross body is the perfect hands free bag.


    Holly Phillips @ The English RoomJanuary 2nd, 2013  11:03 AM

  • I love crossbody bags. MZ Wallace makes great ones, my new favorite from them is the Hayley. Hands free on the train!

    JillJanuary 2nd, 2013  11:05 AM

  • I’ve had one for 3 years now, can’t live without it! It’s not so bad with a bust, honest 🙂

    joannawnycJanuary 2nd, 2013  11:07 AM

  • I agree with these suggestions, but I also have a large bust and find that a cross body with a wider strap (Coach has some) work and don’t make my front look like a trussed pork loin!

    SueMJanuary 2nd, 2013  11:18 AM

  • When I moved to New York, actually I lived up the street from the Barclays Centre; I llived there during the dusty, noisy construction phase and left before I could enjoy the finished space…I digress; I found that living in NYC and negotiating the transit system made a cross body bag a necessity. I purchased several: a vintage caramel Dooney & Bourke, a black saddle style medium size il bisonte, a giant olive il bisonte, a Rachel Comey fold over bucket bag for weekend and market runs. Just before I left NYC I splurged on a Mayle bag from her kamikaze pop up which I use when I travel.

    DisjacsJanuary 2nd, 2013  12:31 PM

  • I like a small clutch to carry essentials, but put it in a tote or brief case. I would not feel comfortable carrying one by itself. Theft is a concern, but frankly, my arms are always carrying a bit more than I can comfortably carry and I know I would leave it places or it would drop without me being aware. Remember those darn fanny packs?? They were practical though. The cross body sounds like a stylish alternative.

    AprilJanuary 2nd, 2013  2:14 PM

  • April,
    I actually considered wearing my 15 year old Chanel belt pack to the concert and just couldn’t go there…

    PrestonJanuary 2nd, 2013  2:20 PM

  • I love crossbody bags, my crossbody bags are a Celine box (I can resize the strap to wear over the shoulder or crossbody) and LV Mahina XS (again it comes with an extension to extend the strap). They are the greatest thing for traveling, going to public places, or even shopping in mall.

    I did try the clutch and I think I mentioned it in your post about clutch, the look is cool and edgy, but I was suffering from arm/shoulder pain, from clutching the clutch too hard. I think that look is great for dinner/drinks, or if you have the luxury to have an assistant follow you around with your essentials in her carryall!!

    ameeJanuary 2nd, 2013  5:26 PM

  • I almost hauled out my 14 year old Prada backpack as a break for my arm and shoulder recently, but didn’t so had a chuckle about the fanny pack comment. The small cross body has been on my mind recently as I look forward to heavy sightseeing schedule on upcoming trip to Europe.

    MiaJanuary 2nd, 2013  10:51 PM

  • This in undoubtedly the perfect everyday bag and ideal for travel…..happy new year to you.
    Buy it!

    angelaJanuary 3rd, 2013  7:08 AM

  • Cross body bags always make me think of Princess Diana, circa 1985.
    Also- the boobs. Where does the strap go? It always slices through one boob or the other.

    BeccaJanuary 3rd, 2013  9:29 AM

  • I have the Givenchy one in the photo in navy and I LOVE it – it holds a surprising amount with ease, and it is so small that it doesn’t feel bulky or heavy when worn cross-body. It’s great in airports, running around with the kids, etc.

    LaurenJanuary 3rd, 2013  9:35 AM

  • for a ‘fashion bag” the celine trio cross body could be the best of both: clutch-like, small and flat in size AND cross body option. plus i love the color options…


    i really, really love the more timeless bag options from lost and found…campomaggi, il bisonte, maria la rosa, sissi rossi…http://lostandfoundshop.com/sunshop/index.php?l=product_list&c=21
    happy perusing!
    happy new year!

    agnesJanuary 3rd, 2013  12:45 PM

  • Love love love my Gucci over the shoulder disco bag

    SueMarch 14th, 2013  12:53 PM


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