Elysian’s favorite hands-free bags of the season
Don’t get us wrong. We love cute backpacks, power handbags and stylish belt bags. But sometimes you want to be hands free and travel light. And you don’t want to take a sack off your back every time you need to pull out your wallet. That’s when it’s time to wear a crossbody. Whether you’re going to a country fair or a super formal soiree, the crossbody has you covered. The only question is how fancy you want to be. The Elysian staff pulled out our favorite crossbody bags of the season, ranked in ascending order of fanciness, from casual to deluxe.
Your everyday, farmers market, errands on your bicycle, sunbathing in the park, utilitarian crossbody bag.
Kate Spade NY Cameron Street Hilli
Proof that you can still look poised and pretty even on your day off.
Marc Jacobs Snapshot Crossbody
We think Marc named it the Snapshot because he knows how Instagrammable it is on your shoulder. Available in 12 irresistible colors.
Simple, useful items that are made impeccably are the cornerstone of Madewell’s collection. The crossbody is no exception.
Don’t underestimate its delicate and understated design. The Audrey is made with RFID technology to protect your identity and finances.
Alexander McQueen Dancing Skeleton Crossbody
The inventive cammo pattern with dancing skeletons is sooooo McQueen.
Don your brightest gladrags, paint your face with shimmering colors, slip on your highest heels, and strap on your crossbody, It’s Friday night! Or maybe it’s a Tuesday or whatever. In any case, it’s the perfect day to be fabulous.
Rebecca Minkoff Small Love Leather Crossbody
A decorative stitch pattern, turnlock closure, and leather-and-chain strap elevate the Small Love crossbody from understated to statement piece.
3.1 Phillip Lim Soleil Mini Barrel Crossbody
The unusual shape and beautiful craftsmanship on the Soleil make it an ideal way to transport your keys, wallet and phone. And you could probably accommodate a fifth of Scotch, if necessary.
Sophia Webster Butterfly Crossbody
If you’ve ever wanted to “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” here’s your chance.
The Lucent Prism is covered in black-and-white tiles, but it is far from basic.
A subtle pewter shimmer is just enough to make a t-shirt dress party-worthy.
Glam is pretty darn fancy. Like a Kardashian wedding or a debutante ball in San Antonio.
This is what you carry with a LBD when you want to look hot without trying too hard.
Jimmy Choo Sweetie Sparkle Convertible Clutch
We all love a clutch, but sometimes the little bundle is a nuisance to carry around. The Sweetie Sparkle is everything you want in a clutch, with a bonus crossbody strap.
It might be LOVE or maybe it’s just LUST, but either way, we’ve got a certain fondness for the Mini Alex Black Widow.
A purse with this much bling is guaranteed to turn heads.
It’s impeccably made from the finest leather, with a full lining and interior pocket. But the important part (the label) is prominently displayed front and center.
Deluxe is beyond fancy. It’s a party of the century, like Katharine Graham and Truman Capote’s Black and White Party at the Plaza Hotel in New York. It’s a night out with a car-and-driver, shoes you can barely walk in, and forever memories of “that one time when…”
YSL Small Kate Crossbody
With its gold hardware and shimmering leather body, the Small Kate is elegance personified.
Adorned with crystals, this D&G crossbody is positively dazzling.
Mark Cross Night Bag in Gold Plated Brass
Plan your accessories carefully because your necklace and earrings are in serious danger of being upstaged by your Mark Cross Nicole Bag.
The Givenchy Mini Snake crossbody has been slithering off shelves since it first appeared in stores a few months ago. Catch it if you can.
The textured Olimpia crossbody is a marvelous work of art. Pictures don’t do it justice—you have to hold it in your hands to fully appreciate it.