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Many of my Instagram friends will know that I love following the #mystylephotochallenge where each month we have a daily photo prompt to come up with an appropriate image for.  Yesterday’s was ‘cross body bag’ theme has made me have another look at these accessories.  I went through a phase wearing them in my 20s.  I still remember the first tan leather cross-body bag I bought.  I wore it until it fell to pieces and the insides were marked with biro from when I was at Uni and I carried my pens for taking lecture notes.

But in recent years I’ve fallen in love with them again and there are a few reasons for this.

  1. When my son was a baby (and then toddler), you needed two hands free to keep him out of mischief!
  2. More recently I’ve had very stiff shoulders which I put down to carrying handbags on my shoulders stuffed with everything I needed (including the kitchen sink)!
  3. I seem to be carrying shopping a lot these days (groceries, clothes, kitchen sinks – I’m joking!) which means that I need hands free to concentrate on that and trying to have a conversation on my phone at the same time!

So, what better solution for carrying said phone, wallets, lipstick, Match Attax cards (no? Must just be me then!) than a cross-body bag.

I’m also writing this post about them as the last few bag purchases have actually been cross-body bags rather than conventional handbags/shoulder bags.

I’m going to start with cheap and cheerful because last week I was doing my food shopping in Sainsburys and had a wander around their Tu Clothing range and found this amazing Chloe Drew like bag. It’s not leather, but it was only £14 and it’s navy which means it will go with a lot of colour options. I can’t find it on their website, but it was in my local store, so if you’ve got a larger branch nearby it’s worth checking them out.

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Sainsburys Tu Cross Body bag, £14

I’ve been looking at other high end designer versions which I would love, but I will need to spend my pennies for, such as the following gems.

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I love the Chloe Marcie bag.  I have a much larger one which is gorgeous, but I would also love one of these cute cross-body versions.  However, I don’t currently have the £485 with which to purchase one, so this is on my wish list along with……

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The Gucci Soho Disco bag.  I’ve seen a lot of Instagram friends and bloggers have one of these and I can’t deny I’m envious but, again, at £650 a pop I might have to wait for a bit…..!

So, the more affordable leather options?  Well, there are a few on the high street which are good quality leather.  I particularly like these ones…

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Marks and Spencer Autograph Cross-Body Bag, £85
currently out of stock in this colourway, but keep checking

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Radley leather ‘Floral Street’ bag, £99

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Debenhams Collection Brown Leopard Cross Body bag, £25

Here are another couple I’ve bought in the last 6 months or so….

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Many will have seen my Zatchels cross-body saddle bag in Instagram posts.  I love it.  Leather and reasonably priced.  This one is currently only £36!

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The Furla Metropolis mini bag.  I recently bought mine (as above and below) on my way back from China at the airport, but you can still get this one for £210 in the UK.

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And plenty of proper ‘hand’ bags now come with a detachable strap which means that they can be carried in the hand, over the shoulder or across the body – depending on how the mood takes you and what the occasion calls for.

One of my other Furla bags has this option as you can see below.  It makes the bag so much more versatile and usable.

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And finally, probably my all-time favourite, much loved cross-body bags is the Richmond bag from Boden which I purchased a few years ago.  I have used it to death!  It’s getting quite worn out now unfortunately. My mother hates it, but I love a bit of leopard print.  Who doesn’t, right?

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How useful do you find cross-body bags?  Do you have any or do you stick to other styles?

Marguerite x

 

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