Crossbody bags are an essential accessory in any women’s closet. A classic staple, they’re versatile enough to wear with any outfit you own. Plus, they’re a convenient, hands-free option when you’re running from the office to drinks with friends to the farmer’s market on the weekend. In this article, we’ll explore different types of crossbody bags and their unique features so you can determine the right one for you. Read on to find your next go-to, stylish accessory that will be by your side for years to come.
10 Types of Crossbody Bags (and how to style them)
1. Convertible Crossbody Bag
A convertible crossbody bag is a bag that has a long strap that can be worn over your shoulder or across your body. It also can be shortened to carry over your arm. Its versatile design allows it to be worn in multiple different ways, letting you style this bag for every occasion. Wear it long when you’re running errands to have a stylish place to pack your shopping items that keeps your hands free. Leather convertible crossbody bags like the Sussex can be worn as a backpack and then adjusted to double as a crossbody for two purses in one. Shorten the strap and you’ll have an easy to carry shoulder bag. You can also wear them in hand clutch-style to keep it close. A convertible crossbody bag is a great choice for women who value flexibility and adaptability – there are endless ways to wear your bag.
2. Belt Bag
If you’ve been on the hunt for a chic, low-profile handbag to round out your accessory line-up, a belt bag might be the perfect fit for you. While slightly different than a traditional crossbody bag, fanny packs & belt bags can be worn (as the name suggests) around the waist or across the chest. Wear a belt bag like Hayes Fanny Pack with everything and for every occasion. From your long hot-girl walks through the park to nights out with a little black dress; when you want a small, secure bag that still looks put together, the belt bag should be your go-to accessory. Belt bags are the perfect blend of convenience and functionality for hands-free activities, that way you can dance, laugh, and party without worrying about losing your belongings.
3. Messenger Bag
The Messenger Bag is a tote that was originally designed for messengers and couriers, but has since grown in popularity to become a popular accessory for men and women. Messenger bags are practical and functional for everyday use, thanks to typically thicker, comfortable shoulder straps and lots of storage space. Though slightly different from your typical crossbody bags like the Spring St. Messenger has a large main compartment, a secure flap closure, and an adjustable shoulder strap. A messenger bag can be used for professional wear for your daily office bag or function as a casual storage tote for longer day & weekend trips.
4. Minimal Crossbody
Crossbody bags come in a variety of styles, colors and textures. If you have a minimalist style and want to wear just one handbag for all events, a minimal crossbody could be a good fit for you. With sleek, streamlined designs, they have limited exterior details and a clean, simple aesthetic. These bags, like the Harbor crossbody bag, are a timeless and elegant accessory. The Harbor is a minimal bag made from Latico’s soft, full-grain leather. But you can find other leather materials, like suede, used for these simple designs as well.
5. round crossbody bags
A round crossbody bag has a unique circular shape that is sure to catch the eye of any passerby while on your arm. This playful and trendy silhouette will stand out in a sea of the same bags and can be dressed up for happy hours with friends, but can just as well hold its own for casual hang-outs. Round crossbodies like the Fleming add a statement and unconventional element to an outfit. Style a cognac color with summer dresses and gold hoop earrings for a chic, preppier look that will be raking in the compliments. Or wear the black hue with an oversized blazer and jeans for a professional office look.
6. Oversized Crossbody
Need the maximum amount of storage space in your daily handbag? An oversized crossbody bag has a spacious design and is a practical option for women who carry all the essentials. With the ultimate functionality that comes with having multiple pockets and extra space for items you might need to pack along the way, oversized crossbodies also hold larger items such as tablets or notebooks. If you’re worried about an XL-sized bag overwhelming you, balance the proportions of your outfit. Pair it with wide leg pants or platform sandals to give a dramatic look to your outfit as well.
7. Mini-Bag Crossbody
A mini-bag crossbody is a bag that sits on the other end of the sizing spectrum from the oversized bag, with its compact and small-scale size that still packs a punch. Mini-bags are trending all over the internet, with it-girls styling them with everything from a cottage-core aesthetic to edgy mini-skirts. The versatility of leather mini-bags makes them a great choice if you don’t want to lug around a heavy bag, but still want a purse to carry essentials.
With bags like the Lilly crossbody from Latico, mini-bags can add a pop of texture or color to your outfit, with a wide range of hues like sky blue, cognac and poppy red. While it can be tempting to bring along every “just-in-case” emergency item in your handbag, mini-bags give you an opportunity to embrace a minimalist approach to take only what you need like your credit cards, keys and ID. Stay organized with hidden compartments for credit cards, keys, and makeup, or stash your essentials in one of the several zippered pockets.
8. Bucket Bag
The bucket bag is another crossbody style that has a distinctive shape with a round exterior similar to a bucket, that allows for a roomy interior and easy in-and-out access. Bucket bags are a casual and bohemian-inspired style of purses that let you embrace your free-spirited vibe. You can find bucket bags made with canvas, suede, or leather, like our Wallace crossbody that comes in our super-soft leather and has unique accents like a handwoven, textured exterior.
9. Wallet Crossbody
If you don’t like carrying a bag and are looking for the best compact, organized design, a wallet crossbody bag is the perfect choice for you. This sleek design is an uber-convenient accessory that is made for quick outings, perfect for short grocery runs or long nights out. The 89 Degrees Wristlet is an example of a wallet crossbody that has plenty of organizational features, including interior pockets, credit card slots and multiple compartments. With wrist straps, a small size, and stylish details like hand-detailed sun motif, the 89 Degrees is a wallet crossbody that checks the boxes on both function and fashion.
10. Chain Crossbody Bag
A chain crossbody is a unique handbag that has an elegant, chain strap for a sophisticated, yet edgy look. It’ll help you embrace your one-of-a-kind personal style and elevate your outfit, especially for evening or formal occasions. The chain strap can come in a variety of colors, but most commonly comes in silver or gold, so it can be worn across a wide range of different materials and textures. Chain crossbody bags like the Tati can be worn with almost any outfit you put together. Pair with soft, floral patterns to contrast against the metal chain strap, or wear with all denim outfits like a maxi skirt and crop top for the ultimate trending look.
Crossbody bags are the best accessory when you want to go hands-free and carry all your belongings, but still maintain a stylish, put-together look that you can wear anywhere. With the wide variety of crossbody bag options, there’s sure to be a style that suits your needs no matter the occasion, from casual days strolling in the park to nights out. Luckily for you, you don’t have to choose just one! Experiment styling your outfits with different types of crossbody bags to enhance your personal style and find what crossbody bag works best for you and your lifestyle.