The Going-Out Staple I'll Never Wear Again (and What I'm Going for Instead)

I used to be known for completing all of my night-out looks with a cool clutch. It was my "thing.” I like to carry all of my essentials (rather than stuffing everything in my pockets), so a pouch of some sort (like this one) just made sense. That perfect style seemed practical in theory, while seemingly elevating my ’fits. Well, I have to say, the clutch is just not my thing anymore.

Sure, there’s a time and a place for one, but in general, I’ve given them up because they’re honestly somewhat of a nuisance. Chic? Sure. But for me, the idea of having to carry something in your hand while nursing a beverage in the other and ultimately having no hands free is just troublesome. Enter the crossbody bag.

That’s right, I’ve now started investing in crossbodies for my day-to-day and going-out life. Personally, it’s the mini variety that works best for me (like this Louis Vuitton stunner I splurged on) because it’s not too big or bulky. It’s also particularly on trend right now with major brands from Gucci to Topshop routinely pushing out gorgeous iterations into the market.

What do you think? Are you a clutch person? Into crossbody bags? Regardless, if you’re interested in ditching your clutch for a mini crossbody or simply want to add to your current crossbody collection, I’m hitting you with a range of bag inspiration below, separated by trend. Keep scrolling to find your new go-to satchel.


The Flap Bag
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You can't go wrong with a classic flap bag to bring an elegant spin to any going-out ensemble.


The Chain Bag
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A bag with a chain strap is particularly trend-forward to bring a little drama to a look.


The Structured Bag
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Add instant sophistication to your outfit with a structured crossbody bag. The beauty of a silhouette like this with the top-handle detail is that you can also carry it if you so desire.


The Belt Bag
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Yep, belt bags are still alive and kicking as one of the coolest hands-free bags to complete a ’fit.


The Camera Bag
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You can't deny the power of a simple camera bag as a functional yet fashionable choice.

Next, check out the best and worst bags for travel.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.