The Best Crossbody Bags

best crossbody bag picks

As you might’ve noticed on Instagram stories, I’ve been in and out of New York City several times last week. I made the smart decision to carry one of my crossbody bags each time. When I’m home in Connecticut I usually opt for a large tote bag to schlep around all my “stuff” – but since I also have my car with me, the size and weight of this tote is never really an issue. Most of the time it’s going from car to grocery store shopping cart anyway…

Since New York is very much a walking city, and since the weather has been pretty good, I knew carrying a light bag would be the best option. Crossbody bags are perfect for travel for this reason. They allow you to be hands free, look cute and are also pretty secure. I’m very partial to top opening ones, like the mini peekaboo bag above. I like the ease that you can get in and out of it, as opposed to a bag with a flap top closure. The mini peekaboo is the one I tend to use the most. I also love how it looks without the strap, like a cute little top handle bag, so it’s perfect to take out at night. If you’re traveling, it’s the only bag you’ll need.

Because this bag works so well (and always gets a lot of compliments) I thought I’d do a round up of crossbody bags I’m currently loving…

PS: More great fashion finds here.

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New Favorites For Fall

flattering leopard top

leopard top

 

I’ve been doing a lot of clothes shopping lately, A LOT. There’s been a bevy of returns happening over here as well. Which is annoying, it’s the only downside of online shopping as far as I can see. Because when it’s right and you love it, it sooo good (and convenient!) So here’s what I’ve kept so far…

First up, this leopard button down top. I’ve heard a lot of great things about “the shirt by Rochelle Behrens” and now I know why. The clever extra buttons mean this top fits, no gaping or pulling. Love it!

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ribbed cashmere sweater

 

I love the color and the cut of this super soft ribbed sweater. Plus, I can’t help but think how cute this will be layered with the leopard shirt (above). I also just ordered this scarf to wear with this as well.

hi -rise toothpick jean

 

Back in June I bought a pair of high rise jeans (these!) and surprised myself with how much I loved the fit. So when I saw these dark wash jeans at J.Crew I had a pretty good feeling about them too. Happy to say I love them just as much as my white high rise jeans.

sleeveless floral print blouse

 

This type of tie neck ,sleeveless top always speak to me. I love the cut and the sweet little print on the black background of this silk blouse. I plan on wearing this “as is” while it’s still warm out and then later on, layered under a cardigan once it starts to get colder.

 

drawstring utility jacket

 

Last but not least, is this light weight utility jacket. While I already have an army jacket, I couldn’t resist this one. It’s a bit more tailored and polished than the casual one I already own. It’s very lightweight, more like the weight of a shirt than a jacket, but that’s exactly what I was looking for!

Hope you enjoyed hearing about these pieces, I’ve got a few more orders I’m currently waiting on. If any of those turn out to be keepers I’ll let you know!

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