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.


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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