ACCESSORIES REPORT: Cross-Body Brilliance

Accessories Report

As a lifelong Fashionista, I have come across many different purses. From my first yellow plastic purse in elementary school to my current purse, the timeline of my accessories illustrates some growth and maturity. There was the huge Betsey Johnson purse of my tween years that carried my giant phone and travel bag of makeup. There was the tiny clutch of my last years in high school, which got lost a thousand times. I would still totally wear the yellow plastic purse from my childhood, although I may not use it as a go-to item for my daily wardrobe. Now I mainly use a black cross-body bag I found in a secondhand store in Vancouver in my first year of college. It has been my go-to bag ever since.

Besides backpacks, cross-body bags have been trending in purses recently. There has been a consistent move away from the huge boho bag of the past. The cross-body bag is all about functionality. The cross-body bag is compact enough to be taken to concerts without the fear of accidentally knocking someone over it. However, the cross-body bag is big enough so that you don’t have to exclude any the essentials in order to close it. Additionally, the cross-body bag has a strap you don’t need to worry about. For me, a person constantly loosing my possessions, the strap is a big plus.

I spotted a beloved cross-body bag sported by this Fashionista on her way home from class. Trusty and neutral, her brown leather bag ties together her outfit without overloading it with color and pattern. This bag could go with a number of outfits, blending from season to season and event to event. I can easily see this bag at a concert or at a farmers market, staying out of the way but still making a statement.

Like most purses, the cross-body bag can be found in a million colors and fabrics. Finding one that works with your wardrobe is key. Do you need a purse that you can truly bring everywhere? Opt for a neutral bag like this Fashionista or my beloved bag. Are you just looking for another bag to add to a growing collection? Spice it up! Grab a holographic bag or pick up some shine with a metallic purse. No matter how your cross-body bag looks, one thing is certain: you won’t be able to loose it everywhere you go, and that’s always a plus.

Spotted: Some delicious cream cross-body bags were featured in the BCBGMAXAZRIA spring 2014 ready-to-wear line.

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