Best crossbody bags for every occasion and budget to boost your spring style

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

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The best crossbody bags are utterly liberating. Functional and fashionable, they offer you the opportunity to have all your essentials with you whilst remaining hands-free to get on with your day. And while the best bags might be a fashion statement, designers know they need to offer practicality too. 

A timeless style, the best crossbody bags easily deserve a spot in your capsule wardrobe. When it comes to color and shape, the seasonal updates to this classic design will be dictated by the handbag trends 2022 but if you're looking to invest in one of the best designer bags, you should consider sticking to neutral colorways such as black, tan, navy or cream, as these will work for all seasons and won't go out of style. In terms of fabrication, think about how often you'll use your crossbody bag and its end use. Leather will wear well, gaining character over time, but if you're looking for the best crossbody bags for traveling, then nylon or canvas might be more practical as they're lighter and pack more easily. The right hardware can make or break a bag (literally). For statement styles and bags that will take you from day to evening, look for striking and unusual metal hardware to help your accessory stand out from the crowd. 

Crossbody bags, like the best backpacks offer a hands-free finish, meaning you can easily get on with any given task without compromising on having your essentials within reach. While the best crossbody bags come in all shapes and sizes, they're usually small to mid-size, due to the fact you have to carry the weight across your body, with many sitting on the hip. Ideal for holding your basics: phone, wallet, keys and maybe your best sunglasses, this ever-enduring design is a true wardrobe essential.

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 bags to suit all budgets and outfits. 

1. Best leather crossbody bags

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Marks and Spencer Leather Crossbody Bag

Our favorite leather crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $85 / £49.50

Reasons to buy

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Well-made leather bag
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Available in two colors
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Great price
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Multiple pockets for easy organisation

Reasons to avoid

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Not expandable or super spacious

Marks and Spencer is a British clothing brand well known and loved for its quality. This leather crossbody bag is designed with multiple pockets to help you easily navigate your bag and safely store your most important items. A slim pouch, it sits against the body, adding little in terms of bulk, making it a great bag for everyday essentials and for keeping documentation close when traveling. An excellent price point, it's available in two colorways, both of which will work all year round. 

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2. Best designer crossbody bags

Black Gucci crossbody bag

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Gucci GG Marmont

Our favorite designer crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $1,550 / £1,200

Reasons to buy

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Timeless classic
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Can be worn for evening or day
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Style statement

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

One of the best Gucci bags the GG Marmont can be spotted slung over the torsos of stylists and editors the world over. A real investment piece, as with many designer purchases it can be worn for years and potentially hold its value (or gain in value) on the resale market. If you've investigated how to sell clothes online, you might have noticed that second-hand designer bags are big business. As brands increase their prices on the classics yearly, depending on how long you hold onto a style like the Marmont, you could make a profit in the future. 

"My Gucci GG Marmont matelassé mini bag is one of my most loved and used crossbody bags", says fashion stylist Antonia Kraskowski (opens in new tab).

"Although tiny, it's surprisingly mighty when it comes to what you can fit in it, plus it's essentially two bags in one. One side has the GG gold metal emblem and chevron design while the other has a more subtle stitched logo, perfect for those days when I want something a little more low-key. While it might be an investment, it hasn't fallen apart despite my best efforts of wearing it daily and the price has only gone up, meaning that if I dare to part with it, the resale value will be around what it cost new a few years ago".

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3. Best travel crossbody bags

black nylon small bag with outside zip shown on and off model

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Eastpack The One

Our favorite travel crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $35 / £27

Reasons to buy

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Great price
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Ideal for travel documents such as passports
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Lightweight fabric

Reasons to avoid

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Very small

Eastpak makes some of the best weekend bags, so it stands to reason that its crossbody bags work well for traveling too. In lightweight nylon, this crossbody bag is just the right size for your most important travel documents, phone, keys, cash, and cards. Whether you're catching a flight or jumping on a train, you'll want your belongings secure and in easy reach and this small but multi zip compartment bag is the travel companion you'll wonder how you got by without. 

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4. Best Suede Crossbody Bags

cognac leather satchel bag in suede with leather edging and gold hardware

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Isabel Marant Amuko Bag

Our favorite suede crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $950 / £655

Reasons to buy

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Timeless style
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Works for both summer and winter seasons
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Can be carried with a top handle

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

In cognac suede with leather trim, this gorgeous, bohemian style bag will easily become a wardrobe favorite. With a top handle, so you can sling it over your shoulder or carry it in your hand, it also has a crossbody strap, adding a level of versatility. Cognac works beautifully all year and while you might want to get the suede protected for wetter weather, you can wear this bag for all seasons. With stitched leather enforced corners you can expect this bag to be around for years to come. The gold metal hardware with subtle Isabel Marant branding adds a smart finish. 

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5. Best quilted crossbody bags

navy quilted bag, shown at two different angles, front on and side

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Aspinal of London Lottie Bag

Our favorite quilted crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $700 / £495

Reasons to buy

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Personalization available
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Several colorways
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Day to evening style

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive 

Aspinal of London create brilliant day to evening styles and the Lottie crossbody is smart enough to take you from boardroom to restaurant. The classic quilted front with statement tab closing, alongside the leather and chain strap, is really smart and the bag can be worn as a shoulder, crossbody, or clutch. Expandable to hold your essentials, you can also add initials to the bag making it customizable and ideal as a gift. 

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6. Best colorful crossbody bags

lilac crossbody bag with medusa Versace logo in center. Circular camera bag shown on and off the model

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Versace Round Camera Bag

Our favorite colorful crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $1,195 / £910

Reasons to buy

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On trend colorways
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Unusual style
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Fun design

Reasons to avoid

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Awkward shape

When it came to setting the color, bag, and shoe trends 2022, Versace led from the front. Sending models down the runway with color popping, mood-boosting brights, the Italian clothing brand really made yellows, purples and pinks the new black. With both micro and oversized bags making an appearance, this circular camera bag is certainly a refreshing change from the usual rectangular and square designs. A little trickier to navigate due to the shape, this style statement will add a fashion boost to any look. Available in multiple hues, while this bag might not always be considered 'on-trend', it will definitely help you stand out. 

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7. Best micro crossbody bags

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Jacquemus Le Chiquito Noeud

Our favorite micro crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $820 / £630

Reasons to buy

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Now iconic design
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Spring-ready color
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Will never date

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive for the size
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Can't hold much

Jacquemus is one of the main design houses behind the wave of super micro bags we've seen sweep both the runways and the ready-to-wear market. While we were obsessing trying to find the biggest and best tote bags to carry as much as possible, Jacquemus offered a curveball with its barely-there bags that can just about carry your key (singular), a credit card and your favorite lippy. Wildly micro they have become an iconic bag, quickly gathering cult status. Great for a night out, the teeny purse comes with an elongated strap for crossbody use. 

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8. Best black crossbody bags

black bag with gold YSL clasp

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Saint Lauren Solferino Small Bag

Our favorite black crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $2,650 / £1,920

Reasons to buy

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Classic brand design
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Iconic clasp detailing
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Will go with everything

Reasons to avoid

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Very expensive
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Not super roomy

Makers of some of the best designer heels, Saint Laurent handbags really will stand the test of time. This small crossbody bag features the classic YSL gold hardware closure that immediately sets it apart from other black bags. A small size, it can easily fit daily essentials and the inner sectional pockets will help you to stay organized. The flap closure and smooth back offer a sleek finish. 

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9. Best sustainable crossbody bags

black scrunch crescent bag with top handle and body strap

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Been London Esmé Bag

Our favorite sustainable crossbody bag

Specifications

RRP: $393 / £295

Reasons to buy

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Sustainably made 
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Designed by Candice Braithwaite
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Handcrafted in London

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly pricey
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Unusual shape

Handcrafted in East London, Been London's bags are made entirely from recycled materials. The Esmé has been designed exclusively for the brand by Candice Brathwaite and features a comfortable crossbody adjustable strap with ornate gold hardware. But it isn't just the lush detailing that has us excited, it's packed with practicality too. A washable black lining (why don't all bags have this?) and a secure interior pocket for valuables make this the top of our list when it comes to sustainable crossbody bags. 

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Jess Beech is an experienced fashion and beauty editor, with more than eight years experience in the publishing industry. She has written for woman&home, GoodtoKnow, Now, Woman, Woman’s Weekly, Woman’s Own and Chat, and is a former Deputy Fashion & Beauty Editor at Future PLC. A beauty obsessive, Jess has tried everything from cryotherapy to chemical peels (minus the Samantha in Sex and The City-worthy redness) and interviewed experts including Jo Malone and Trinny Woodall.

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