Every fashionista knows that the perfect accessories can make or break an outfit. When you’re hitting the town for a night out, the bag you carry all of your vital items is one of the most important ones, whether it be a clutch or a wristlet. In college, most girls didn’t carry purses when heading out to the bars; instead, they’d use their shirt or wear dresses with pockets. But since I’m one of those people who has a tendency to forget where everything is, I needed a bag that would be roomy enough to hold my essentials without looking twice. Enter the crossbody bag. In a crowded area, this is an absolute lifeline for day or night. The crossbody bag allows you keep your hands free (whether it be double-fisting at a bar, dancing at a concert or holding shopping bags, among other things) without having to worry about where you left your wallet.
Banana Republic Quilted Faux-Leather Cross-Body, $59.50, Bananarepublic.com
Dressy enough with a black-tie gown.
Ann Taylor Leather Runway Crossbody Bag, $98, Anntaylor.com
The colorblocked design means it is versatile for any event. Plus, the removable strap allows you to turn it into a chic clutch.
Steve Madden BPANDORA Bag in Fuschia, $78, Stevemadden.com
Pops out against an all-black ensemble. It’s a similar copy to the coveted Proenza Schouler PS1 bag, but without the hefty price tag.
Deux Lux Biba Small Messenger in Grey, $93, Deuxlux.com
The sleek gold zip and neon lining looks neat and tidy in a light everyday shade.
The Sak Deena Crossbody Flap, $79, Thesak.com
The front stitching has a slight bohemian vibe and the thicker strap provides comfort on the shoulder.
Roxy Turnaround Crossbody, $34, Zappos.com
The metallic studs give a rocker-ish touch.