Of all the fashion and accessories categories I write about—and shop for myself—bags are among my favorite. Here, form and function matter in equal measure: you want to like the way your bag looks, but you also need to like the way your bag works. This is especially true of the bags you carry on a daily basis, like crossbody styles.

As a longtime city dweller, crossbody bags hold a special place in my heart. No tote, backpack, or shoulder sling is as convenient as a good crossbody bag when you’re on the go and need easy access to your phone, wallet, transit card, keys, hand sanitizer, or whatever it may be. Here are seven styles for everyday use, travel needs, and even the office (if yours is open).

A Designer Crossbody Worth The Splurge

Balenciaga ‘Hourglass’ Leather Bag

Introduced in fall 2019 and still going strong, the ‘Hourglass’ bag from Balenciaga is an It bag worth the investment. The silhouette, hardware, and branding are subtle and timeless, and the chain strap is removable so the bag can be used as a clutch.

An Unexpected Crossbody For Staying Hydrated

Kara ‘Hematite’ Water Bottle Bag

We all know the importance of staying hydrated—Kara has done something cute about it. This crystal mesh crossbody is sized for a water bottle (included) with a front compartment that has credit card slip pockets and fits all sizes of iPhone.


A Streamlined Crossbody For Travel

Madewell Medium ‘Transport’ Tote

Madewell’s best-selling ‘Transport’ tote comes in a scaled up medium size (12” x 11” x 5.5”), perfect as a plane carry on or an everyday bag when that day requires a lot of stuff. It can be carried with its top handles, or worn with the detachable, adjustable strap, which can be converted to be worn crossbody or on the shoulder. Unlike other totes, it zips closed, so your stuff won’t come flying out at the first sign of turbulence. Hallelujah.


A Grown-Up Crossbody For Work

Mansur Gavriel Leather Bag

You know Mansur Gavriel for reviving the bucket bag, but don’t sleep on the label’s other styles. This structured, minimalist saddle bag has an adjustable crossbody strap so that it can also be worn as a stylish shoulder bag.


A Laid-Back Crossbody For Everyday

Loeffler Randall ‘Turned Out Knot’ Crossbody Bag

Loeffler Randall Turned Out Knot Crossbody Bag


This easy style from Loeffler Randall can be thrown on with anything for anything. It has a 20” strap, a snap closure, and one inside open pocket and is sized at around 9” wide by 9” high and 4.5” deep, so you can fit a book and a snack in addition to phone-wallet-keys.


A Good Looking Vegan Leather Crossbody 

Matt & Nat Erika Vegan Leather Crossbody Bag

Matt & Nat are a go-to for great looking vegan leather bags. This style features a neat organized interior with a lining made from 100% recycled plastic bottles, plus an adjustable strap so you can get just the right length.  


An Affordable Crossbody That Looks Luxe

GUESS ‘Corily’ Small Convertible Crossbody

This smart black bag with bronze-tone hardware comes with a 23” adjustable crossbody strap that can be converted to be worn as a shoulder bag, or removed to use the bag as a clutch. That’s a lot of bang for 68 bucks.