Once you’ve experienced the freedom of these designer cross-body bags it’s possible you’ll never go back to actually carrying a bag in your hands or nestling a strap in the crook of your arm. Being hands free, thanks to a designer cross-body bag, is the equivalent of finding pockets in a dress. Read: so satisfying. Banish memories of school-kids’ satchels, these crossbody bags have had a makeover to something way more soignée and sophisticated as these designer versions prove. Our designer cross-body bag edit offers the must-have silhouettes, colours, and – most importantly – hands free designs you can buy in 2022, and that you’ll wear for years ahead.
It’s been an interesting few years for bags. Pre-pandemic life saw us schlep supersized totes to and from the office, overflowing with a change of shoes for after-work drinks, a packed lunch and commute-worthy novel then lockdown saw us ditch bags all together. You’ll likely have a packed social calendar this year and while bags are essential again, a style that can fit everything including the kitchen sink isn’t as high up our list of non-negotiables this time round.
Instead, the cross-body bag, which is usually a smaller size and neater shape, has become our accessory of choice, and we (and our backs) are positively revelling in the joy of travelling light. Fitting purely the necessities (think keys, phone, wallet, and lip gloss) is so freeing. A designer cross-body bag is the ultimate accessory whether you’re spending Saturday at the park with friends or attending a summer wedding. Of course we have found some dinky versions ideal for whizzing round the dance-floor, but check the measurements and you could fit in a notebook, makeup bag, or snacks too for your office days.
We know purchasing a designer cross-body bag is an investment, so we recommend you really think about what you want from a bag and what style would best fit into your existing wardrobe. This will be a bag you have for life, so remember the ‘buy less, choose well and make it last’ mantra of sustainability.