It's a rare wardrobe item which has the potential to combine sartorial elegance with excellent functionality, but a crossbody bag is one of those gems. Remarkably versatile, they provide ample space and secure compartments for storing your essentials, while the strap serves to distribute the load evenly across the body, for maximum comfort throughout the day.
With your hands free and everything you might need within reaching distance, such a design might once have been the domain of sports and survival outlets. Our range of crossbody bags, however, works to combine this style's quiet efficiency with high fashion fabrics and refined silhouettes, to form a range of bags no self-respecting wardrobe can afford to be without.
Here we look at our five best crossbody bags to suit both your lifestyle and your sense of style.
Izellah BP Dynamic Twill in Warm Rose
“Elegant and Sleek in Soft Rose Tones”
Surprisingly roomy given its sleek silhouette, this impressive bag comes in a beautifully delicate shade of soft rose pink, a colour palette seen all over the Autumn/Winter 22/23 catwalks. Its streamlined exterior quietly boasts four front pockets, a zipped rear, not to mention an array of zipped and pouched pockets inside as well as a pen holder and key hanger.
Such capacity for organisation means this classy bag can keep everything you need for your day close to hand, while working to enhance your outfit choice and really establish your high fashion credentials. This is a bag which can comfortably take you from the office to shopping with friends and then even on to a date night with ease!
“Classic Envelope Styling in Neutral Tan”
This deeply sophisticated bag pays homage to the classic envelope designs of couture bagmakers of the highest renown. In a refined shade of light almond brown, it can't fail to complement the classiest of wardrobes, and would look just at home in a boardroom business meeting as worn to an expensive dinner out.
On top of its astonishing good looks and upmarket detailing, it conceals four card slots within its interior, which can be securely fastened so you and only you can find your money and cards with ease. And should you prefer a more laid-back approach to styling this bag, its adjustable strap means it can not only be worn across the body, but can also be sported as a bum bag, for those carefree days out in the sun.
New Eldorado PRT AC Botanical Print
“Streamlined and Sunny, Ideal for Travelling in a Bright Botanical Print”
Bold and vibrant floral prints have never been more prevalent on the runways, and lend themselves perfectly to more relaxed days in sunny climates. Perfect then, for your holiday wardrobe! Small, sleek and very light, this bag is doing a surprising amount of work behind the scenes. With two main compartments, two front pockets, and two inside pockets, as well as three compartments in which your cards can be stored, this little beauty can keep all of your travel currency, documents, phone, cards and more safe and secure, while leaving you free to enjoy the sights and sounds around you. In a cheery palette of blues and warm pinks, with accents of aquamarine and ochre, this tropical leaf print will go with the most muted to the most vibrant of holiday outfits, all while keeping everything you need safe and close to hand.
Kipling Crossbody Bags BL Sea Glass BL ART XS
“Striking Colourways for Sophisticated Days and Evenings, Sustainably”
This stunning turquoise bag, with black accenting, tan rear and turquoise strap, not only looks the part for everything from day trips to cocktail parties, it can carry all your essentials while taking care of the planet.
A limited run made from upcycled materials, and part of the exclusive K.Limited collection, this chic little bag boasts an impressive three litre capacity, so you don't have to sacrifice on style or comfort in order to keep all of your necessary belongings close to hand. Practical while looking at home in the most opulent of surroundings, this excellent choice is also water repellent, to keep it looking its classy best for years to come.
Kipling Crossbody Bags Female Active Denim Gabbie
“Sporty Street Style in Functional Denim”
Understated and as at home on the city streets as on trips to the gym, this roomy bag is undeniably cool, with exceptional storage and organisational capacities, but would never be seen trying too hard. With a wide adjustable shoulder strap for optimal comfort, its two zipped front pockets, two zipped side pockets, zipped back pocket, zipped main compartment with key fob, phone, pen and wallet holders, as well as an astonishing 12 litre capacity, it can accommodate everything you need for whatever your day may bring.
And in timeless dark blue denim, there's almost no outfit it wouldn't complement, nor setting in which it would look out of place. An incredibly useful and versatile choice, worthy of a place in any wardrobe.
As this list demonstrates, the crossbody bag can bring its impressive functionality to any situation without ever compromising on style. Whatever their lifestyle or fashion taste, there is a crossbody bag to suit everyone- and with these five of our best ones, we are certain you will find one to suit you, too!