14 Best Cross-Body Bags That Are as Stylish as They Are Practical.

The 14 Best Cross-Body Bags That Are as Stylish as They Are Practical

As much as we love giant carryalls for shopping and sleek clutches for fancy nights out, it’s the humble crossbody that’s the true workhorse of our purse lineup. Never is this more true than when we're traveling and just want to sling a strap over our shoulder, free up our hands, and know our stuff is safely contained on our person. Cross-body bags specifically designed for travel often skew more functional than fashionable, but who says you have to choose? These 14 picks prove that cross-bodies can in fact look quite stylish while keeping your necessities secure and within easy reach.

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Everlane The Foldover Crossbody

Everlane The Foldover Crossbody.

With hundreds of positive reviews on Everlane, this 100% leather crossbody is like the Goldilocks of bags: not too big, not too small, just right. The foldover pouch is smartly designed with two zippers leading to the main compartment, which can accommodate the essentials (wallet, phone, keys, lip balm), plus extras like a tablet and a pocket guide book. The practical and easy-to-carry size, neat design, and good looks make this the bag you can wear to sightsee historic attractions by day and pop by a hip cocktail bar by night.

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Madewell Small Transport Leather Crossbody

Madewell Small Transport Leather Crossbody.

This one is for all the Madewell Transport tote devotees out there (WTP editors included!). Think of this as the iconic tote’s travel-friendly kid sister—its smaller size and removable crossbody strap means it won’t destroy your shoulders on long travel days. The lined leather bag has two interior pockets for small belongings and a zip top for closing everything in. With an exterior so simple and chic (especially that cool two-tone), the Small Transport can serve as an affordable stand-in for a more expensive handbag when visiting fashion-driven places like Paris, Milan, and Hong Kong.

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J.Crew Factory Drawstring Crossbody Bag

J.Crew Factory Drawstring crossbody bag.

This buttery soft (but vegan!) bucket bag comes in three fantastic neutrals—black, camel, and cranberry—that work with your entire wardrobe year round. Its roomy interior can hold not just your wallet and phone but also your Hydro Flask, sunglasses, makeup case, hand sanitizer, and more. The bag’s flat-base is great for stability and structure, the tassel detail is a cute touch, and the strap won’t cut into your shoulder. And this being J.Crew Factory, the bag looks far more expensive than it is. (Mansur Gavriel, who?)

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Coach Hayden Foldover Crossbody

Hayden Foldover Crossbody Clutch With Garden Rose Print.

Even if your next trip won't involve wandering around dreamy English gardens, this romantic floral-print pocketbook makes an excellent travel companion. Its front flap snaps closed, sealing up a built-in wallet complete with credit card slots, a full-length compartment for cash, and a zip pocket. An open pocket on the back is great for quick access to small things like bus tickets and some folded-up bills. The Hayden's detachable strap lets you wear it across your body or on your shoulder, or carry it as a clutch.

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Baggu Soft Circle Purse

Baggu Soft Mini Circle Purse.

From their reusable nylon bags to their canvas backpacks (mini or otherwise!) to their zippered pouch trios, Baggu bags are a big part of WTP editors' lives and our travel uniforms. The brand's circle bag is ideal for a full day of sightseeing that spills well into the night. This goes-with-anything purse is suitable for your ordinary haul, as well as items like headphones, a sleep mask, and an e-reader.

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Herschel Supply Co Cruz Neon Coral Festival Cross-Body Bag

Herschel Supply Co Exclusive Cruz neon coral festival cross body bag.

Going on an outdoorsy adventure, like hitting the theme parks of Orlando or kayaking and ziplining around Cancun? Bring a trusty sidekick made from a material lighter than leather, like Herschel's adorable fabric pouch in a happy sherbet hue. Inside you've got a key clip and a patch pocket, and outside there's another patch pocket for quickly stashing and retrieving more low-value items. Clips on the strap let you adjust the bag to fall where you'd like.

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Tumi Voyageur-Aberdeen Leather Crossbody Bag

Voyaguer- Aberdeen Leather Crossbody Bag TUMI.

“Business travel, but make it fashion,” is Tumi's default mode. The iconic luxury travel brand has long courted first-class and business-traveler types with its super-sleek suitcases, backpacks, and bags—each piece subjected to rigorous quality-control testing. In the case of Tumi’s pebbled leather pocketbook, this timeless structured look is tricked out with major organizational bells and whistles. The Voyageur-Aberdeen features a zip-up main compartment, an exterior slip pocket that magnetically snaps shut, and a zippered wallet section with a coin pouch and slots for cash and plastics.

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Cuyana Travel Case Crossbody

Cuyana Travel Case Crossbody.

Dollar for dollar, this simple and elegant Cuyana bag may be one of the best cross-bodies you can buy. Made from high-quality pebbled leather, the Travel Case has a lined main cavity that fits a wallet and keys with extra room for items like a travel journal, face mist, and lipstick. Inside, there's a slip pocket big enough for a smartphone. Don't worry, the zip-around design doesn't mean the contents fall to the sidewalk the second you open it—leather side flaps keep all your things where they should be.

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The Sash Bag Full-Fringe Leather Sash Bag

Womens Crossbody Bag by SASH.

Whether you're rocking to Tame Impala at a music festival, touring the American Southwest, or eating Hot Chicken and stomping along to live music in Nashville, this bohemian sling-over bag will make your day (and night!) stress-free. Handmade in San Diego, the lightweight, 100% leather bag with RFID protection is designed to lie flat against your hip, with thick but flat straps that distribute extra weight extremely well. The pocket-happy Sash Bag has useful nooks and crannies galore: two main compartments (big enough for things like hand cream, keys, and travel sunscreen), each with two slip pockets and slots for cards. Behind the slots are sly little openings for folded-up cash (sneaky, sneaky!). Its two exterior pockets are deep enough for an iPhone Plus, a Moleskine, or a sunglasses case, and two zippered compartments on the body side fit a passport perfectly.

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Mark & Graham The Essential Crossbody

Mark & Graham The Essential Crossbody Bag.

Days full of gallery hopping, Metro riding, and local market shopping call for a classic, compact cross-body that keeps everything zipped up and tidy. This cute camera bag-inspired cross-body by Mark & Graham fits the bill—we love the double main compartments (each with its own tasseled zipper) and the option to add gold-foil monogramming (we're opting for 'OOO'). Plus, the creamy white and sweet lilac shades are almost $35 off. 

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Madewell The Simple Genuine Calf Hair Crossbody Bag

The Simple Genuine Calf Hair Crossbody Bag MADEWELL.

This is the year that leopard print took social media, street style, runways—maybe even your office—by storm. If you're a little shy about the bold pattern but love it anyway, low-key try the trend with Madewell's leather-and-calf-hair bag with a gold zipper across the top. It's just the right size for your usual stock and extras like breath mints, eye drops, and hair elastics. Wear it with chic horsebit loafers and a cozy cream-colored sweater, and you've got a new favorite outfit. 

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Senreve Crossbody

Senreve Crossbody.

It's little wonder that Senreve's made-in-Italy bags are adored by celebrities. (Kristen Bell, Priyanka Chopra, and Gabrielle Union have all been spotted carrying one.) The brand's entire collection of bags feature scratch- and water-resistant leather and incredible construction—and nowhere is that more apparent than in Senreve's visual knockout of a crossbody bag. The stunner is the priciest pick on our list, but it comes with a fully removable pouch, so you can think of it as a two in one, plus it comes backed by a lifetime guarantee. And as if it wasn't eye-catching enough, Senreve offers the option of hand-painted custom designs. 

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Hobo Nash Calfskin Leather Crossbody Bag

Nash Calfskin Leather Crossbody Bag HOBO.

The Nash by Hobo is the sort of bag that inspires fashionistas to snap it up in multiple colors. Its two-section interior is lined with vintage-looking fabric and provides plenty of space for your whole kit and caboodle (as one reviewer puts it, the "perfect" bag "looks small but is wickedly deceiving," fitting in a "wallet, sunglasses, keys, iPhone 10, business cards, EarPods, lip glosses, and pens"). We're pairing ours with jeans, a chunky sweater, and leopard-print booties

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Allsaints Snake Print Leather Crossbody Bag

ALLSAINTS Sliver Snake-Print Saddle Crossbody.

Allsaints' structured saddle bag in trendy snakeskin is what you want to wear when visiting cities like New York or Berlin, places where you want to look polished but also a little edgy. The adjustable strap lets you wear it in at the best place for your height, and the roomy interior is divided into three open parts, plus a zippered pocket, so you can keep all your bits and pieces organized. Underneath the large flap closure, you'll find a big slip pocket for things like boarding passes and metro cards. 

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