Best crossbody bags for every occasion and budget

Give your hands the freedom they deserve with the best crossbody bags

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collage of the best crossbody bags
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Accessories are a key part of any stylish look, and the best crossbody bags are functional, fashionable, and will see you through all seasons. Crossbody bags are also liberating! The long-strap style sits on your shoulder and drapes effortlessly across your body, allowing you to be totally hands-free. They give you the freedom to carry your coffee, text on your phone, or just not worry about losing your belongings. 

The best crossbody bags will stand the test of time stylistically too. So if you have the budget to consider investing in one of the best designer bags, then you’re guaranteed to get plenty of wear out of a luxury crossbody style.  Especially if you opt for classic colors such as black, tan, or cream. 

As worthwhile investment as your best jeans, a crossbody bag certainly deserves a spot in your capsule wardrobe. Sure, the backpacks do the same thing, but crossbody bags are neat and compact, giving your outfit a stylish and polished finish. Despite their slightly smaller size, they can still be roomy enough for all the essentials–keys, mask, wallet, phone, and your best sunglasses–making them the perfect day-to-night accessory. 

From cool camera bags to retro saddle styles, a crossbody bag comes in many guises to help you look stylish on the go. Whether you make a statement in a leopard print crossbody teamed with one of the best dresses or you keep it pared back in neutral tones for your off-duty getup, the perfect crossbody bag is a real game-changer. 

Popular designer crossbody bags include the Coach Pillow Tabby Bag, Saint Laurent Loulou Toy Leather Cross-body Bag, and a Bottega Veneta Padded Cassette Leather Cross-Body Bag but there are plenty of fashion-forward low-budget options and designer dupes too.

Best crossbody bags as chosen by our fashion team

With a plethora of styles to choose from, our fashion team has rounded up the best crossbody bag brands to suit all budgets and outfits. 

Mango Jute Cross-Body Bag

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Mango

Most affordable crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $
Reasons to buy
+Affordable prices+Trend-led designs 
Reasons to avoid
-Not built to last

A high-end bag collection with a not-so-high-end price tag, we highly rate Mango's offering. This season, expect to find natural fabrics like jute and raffia alongside more structured faux leather styles. Whether you're after a classic everyday style in a neutral hue or a colour pop option, you'll find it at Mango.

Mango crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Braided Bag with Chain | Mango

This could-be-designer copy can be carried by the short-chain handle or the adjustable leather one. 


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Double Strap Bag with Flap | Mango

The lilac shade and moc-croc fabric makes for a ladylike bag that's sure to smarten up your jeans. 


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Jute Cross-body Bag | Mango

The perfect fuss-free holiday bag, best teamed with a breezy linen two-piece.


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Zara

Most popular crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $
Reasons to buy
+Catwalk copies+Good range of styles 
Reasons to avoid
-Popular bags can sell out fast

If you want to buy a fashion-forward bag at prices that won't make your credit card wince, Zara is the place to shop. The w&h fashion team would happily count a number of Zara purchases among the best crossbody bags they own but move fast if you want to nab the most popular styles.

Zara crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Animal Embossed Mini Bowling Bag | Zara

Roomy enough for all your daily essentials, the outer pockets make it easy to store your phone in a hurry.


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Chain Handle Rattan Crossbody Bag | $69.90

Faux leather edging and a statement buckle gives this rattan style a smarter feel. 


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Quilted Pearl Crossbody Bag | Zara

The classic quilted bag has been given a refresh with the addition of oversized pearls.


Kate Spade Rainbow Medium Camera Bag

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Kate Spade

Cutest crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $$$
Reasons to buy
+Wide range of styles+Quality fabrics 
Reasons to avoid
-Bold colours aren't for everyone

Kate Spade is known for its quirky and feminine designs, adding a playful touch to your everyday outfits. Shop here for bold look-at-me colours in a myriad of different shapes and sizes. The fabrics are top-notch, with styles holding their shape and standard even after hundreds of uses. 

Kate Spade crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Rainbow Medium Camera Bag | Kate Spade

Perfect for brightening up your LBD or a cute denim dress, this has plenty of nifty pockets and an adjustable strap.


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Knott Medium Saddle Crossbody | Kate Spade

As seen on Katie Holmes, if this bag is good enough for the A-list, it's good enough for us. 


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Run Around Large Flap Crossbody | Kate Spade

With a multitude of different compartments (there's even a zip pocket in the flap) this is a bag that will keep you organised.


Ted Baker Maiziey Gathered Slouchy Mini Cross Body

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Ted Baker

Best work crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Good amount of choice+Trend and classic pieces
Reasons to avoid
-Colour palette is a little limited

A hidden gem often overshadowed by the brand's signature florals, Ted Baker's crossbody bags are well worth a browse. Most pieces come in a muted, wear-with-everything color palette of soft pinks, black, and grey, but there are some punchier styles in there too. They look smart at work and elegant when out with friends. 

Ted Baker crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Maiziey Gathered Slouchy Mini Cross Body | Ted Baker

We love the slouchy style on this little number for a modern update. Its neat size makes it perfect for evenings and fancy events. 


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Trinett Statement Ring Cross Body Bag | Ted Baker

Half buttery soft leather, half suede, the green hue gives the saddle bag an unexpected twist.



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Lexxii Lip Camera Bag | Ted Baker

We love the geometric lips design, elevating this everyday bag to the next level.


& Other Stories Straw Crossbody Half Moon Bag

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Best small crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $$
Reasons to buy
+Could-be-designer designs+Range of styles
Reasons to avoid
-High prices for high-street

Part of the H&M family, Scandi brand & Other Stories has earned itself a deserved reputation for selling wardrobe treasures at affordable prices. Their bag offering varies wildly, from sweet raffia numbers to sturdy leather. 

& Other Stories crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Colour Blocked Leather Bag | & Other Stories

Wear with the removable shoulder strap for day, transforming it into a clutch come evening. 


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Straw Crossbody Half Moon Bag | & Other Stories

The chain strap on this straw crossbody makes it a stylish choice for the evening and the sweet lilac hue adds a feminine touch. 


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Croc Leather Crossbody Bag | & Other Stories

Gold toned hardware gives this structured bag a grown-up edge. Available in three shades.


The Cambridge Satchel Company The Bowls Bag

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The Cambridge Satchel Company

Best top handle cross body bags

Specifications
RRP: $$$
Reasons to buy
+Top-notch leather+Can choose a variety of sizes for each style
Reasons to avoid
-Leather is a little stiff at first

“We have several different styles at The Cambridge Satchel Co–and they are all best sellers," Julie Deane CBE, founder of The Cambridge Satchel Co. "We have just added The Bowls Bag to the collection–this is a beautiful and very elegant, cylinder-shaped crossbody bag, inspired by an original bag for Bowls which I found in an antique market. Think this will look fantastic with a jeans and white shirt combo, plus can be dressed up for a more formal occasion,” says Deane.

The Cambridge Satchel Co's bags are inspired by heritage leather schoolbags from years gone by, these are timeless crossbody bags that won't date. All bags are made in the heart of England, with quality and durability guaranteed. Find a style you love, and snap one up in your favorite colors.  

The Cambridge Satchel Company crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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The Bowls Bag | The Cambridge Satchel Company

This retro style will add an achingly cool touch to your outfit. Available in plenty of colours from simple black to eye-catching red.


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The Melody| The Cambridge Satchel Company

An updated take on a traditional music case, it retains the signature bar closure of the original. 


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Mini Poppy Bag| The Cambridge Satchel Company

Polished and practical, if the elegant shape wasn't enough to sway you, the watermelon shade will. 


Coach Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 26

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Coach

Best everyday crossbody bag

Specifications
RRP: $$$
Reasons to buy
+Low prices for a designer bag+Huge savings when they go to sale
Reasons to avoid
-Key styles sell quickly

Coach bags certainly aren't an impulse purchase, but nor are they earth-shatteringly expensive for a designer bag. The Pillow has fast become an Instagram and influencer favorite, while Coach's camera bags remain a trusted style staple.

Coach crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Pillow Tabby Shoulder Bag 26 | Coach

Crafted from super smooth leather, its cloud-like aesthetic gives this bag the comfy appeal we’ve grown accustomed to this past year. 


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Willow Camera Bag | Coach

The perfect in-between size for busy days, two zippered compartments and a flap pocket keep everything organised.


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Madison Shoulder Bag 16 | Coach

Beautifully finished with 3D applique leather flowers, this bag will guarantee spring all year round. 


See By Chloé Mara Cross-Body Bag

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See by Chloé

Best designer crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $$$
Reasons to buy
+Cheaper than the main Chloé line+Built beautifully  
Reasons to avoid
-Not everyone will love the laid-back aesthetic

The little sister of designer label Chloé, See by Chloé's crossbody bags are a little more affordable. The signature gold loop to the front is the most easily recognisable detail, setting these apart from the crowd. 

See by Chloé crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Mara Embellished Leather Shoulder Bag | See by Chloé

You can’t beat a Chloé saddle bag when it comes to classics that stand the test of time. Its 70s aesthetic would look delightful paired with a billowing maxi dress or denim flares.


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Emerald Joan Mini Shoulder Bag | See by Chloé

It might be the mini version of the full-size Joan, but this still has just as much charm. 


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Hana Leather Shoulder Bag | See by Chloé

Textured leather only gets better with age, while the brand's signature loop adds a high-end touch.


Tory Burch Kira Chevron Chain Wallet

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Tory Burch

Best black crossbody bag

Specifications
RRP: $$$$
Reasons to buy
+Statement designs +Celebrity brand fans
Reasons to avoid
-High price points 

It was Tory Burch's handbags that first put the brand on the fashion map back in 2004, and their crossbody bags remain just as coveted today. All pieces wouldn't look out of place on a globe-trotting adventure, with bohemian nods throughout the collection. 

Tory Burch crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Kira Chevron Chain Wallet | Tory Burch

Made of soft chevron-quilted leather with the signature T fastening, you will bring this beauty out for many years to come. 


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Mcgraw Linen Stripe Camera Bag | Tory Burch

A lighter take on the traditionally leather camera bag, the linen twill is finished with hand-sewn stitching. 


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Eleanor Bag | Tory Burch

There's crossbody bags, and then there's Tory Burch crossbody bags. The soft leather and suede is a great example of the brand's craftsmanship.


Aspinal of London Small Stella Satchel

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Aspinal of London

Best leather crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $$$$
Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous fabrics+Timeless designs 
Reasons to avoid
-High end prices

Aspinal of London bags are an investment, but the craftsmanship means they'll last season after season. The brand's 'A' camera bag has become something of a style staple for day to day, but there are roomier options too if you prefer to travel a bit heavier. The option to add metallic personalisation is a lovely touch as well. 

Aspinal of London crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Camera 'A' Bag | Aspinal of London

At time of writing there were twelve shades to choose from, spanning neutral black to bold orange. 


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Stella Satchel | Aspinal of London

From daytime strolls in the countryside to evenings in the city, this bag really does work for any occasion. 


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Mini Mayfair Bag | Aspinal of London

A sunny addition to any outfit, this compact design is perfect for a wedding.


Longchamp Roseau Crossbody Bag

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Longchamp

Best luxury crossbody bag

Specifications
RRP: $$$$
Reasons to buy
+Good choice of shades+Quality fabrics 
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive

For a dose of Parisian luxury, Longchamp bags are our top pick. The Le Pliage tote might be the jewel in their crown and their most instantly recognisable style, but to overlook their crossbody offering is to be missing a trick. The prices are high, but this is reflected in the quality, with buttery soft leathers as standard.  

Longchamp crossbody bags–Fashion editor's picks

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Brioche Crossbody Bag | Longchamp

Inspired by its namesake baked goods, this bag is soft, slouchy and will make everyone around you jealous. 


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Roseau Crossbody Bag | Longchamp

With its clean and simple silhouette, the understated design is the perfect finishing touch to any look. 


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Le Foulonne Crossbody Bag | Longchamp

Low on detail but big on class. The grainy leather bag is among the most beautiful we've seen. 


Katie Loxton Blair Bucket Bag

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Katie Loxton

Best vegan crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $
Reasons to buy
+Vegan friendly+Affordable prices 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the most durable

Founded in 2015 by Katie and her husband, the aim was to create everyday luxuries that everyone could enjoy. The prices are affordable, and the quality good, with pretty designs that are guaranteed to win you compliments. 

Katie Loxton crossbody bags-Fashion editor's picks

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Blair Bucket Bag | Katie Loxton

A bucket bag is a great everyday choice with its slouchy boho appeal that instantly adds some character to your look. 


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Gigi Bamboo Handle Crossbody Bag | Katie Loxton

The bamboo handle adds interest to this otherwise understated design, contrasting beautifully with the white. 


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Celine Faux Croc Saddle Bag | Katie Loxton

A gorgeous buy for planet-concious shoppers, the vegan leather is super smooth. 


Charles & Keith Metallic Push-Lock Clutch

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Charles & Keith

Best on-trend crossbody bags

Specifications
RRP: $
Reasons to buy
+Purse-friendly prices +Trend led designs 
Reasons to avoid
-Designs may date

Launched in 1996, Charles & Keith has heaps of cool and classic styles that are seriously budget-friendly. Join their preorder waiting list to get your mitts on some of their newest designs before anyone else. 

Charles & Keith crossbody bags-Fashion editor's picks

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Metallic Push-Lock Clutch | Charles & Keith

This two-tone bag is sleek and smart and comes with two straps—a chain link and faux leather—so you can wear it multiple ways.


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Stitch Trim Saddle Bag | Charles & Keith

Contrast stitching to the edge works to emphasise the semi-circle shape of this wear-with-everything crossbody bag.


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Twist Top Handle Bag | Charles & Keith

The perfect bag to take you from day to night, carry across your body or in the crook of your arm.