Upon perusing F/W 19 fashion week photos and recognizing that crossbody bags were back in style, my heart skipped a beat. Don’t get me wrong (I love a good top-top-handle or bucket bag), but the idea of having an extra free hand thrills me. Think about all the possibilities! Carrying my matcha latte without fear of spilling, grabbing my metro card from my bag with ease, texting with two hands instead of one thumb? The list could go on.
Not only that, but I deem crossbody bags to be incredibly chic. With a shortened strap thrown over both shoulders and the bag positioned directly under your chest, the style takes on a fashion twist, differentiating it from the unfortunate satchels I wore in middle school. If you feel genuine delight at the thought of a hands-free accessory, scroll through for the top 10 designer crossbody bags (and their vintage counterparts) fall has to offer.
Saint Laurent Vicky Bag
I would be prepared to argue that Saint Laurent makes the queen of all crossbody bags. Sleek and simple with the iconic YSL logo ever-present, the gold-chain Vicky bag takes you from day to night with just the flutter of an eyelash.
Burberry TB Bag
Burnished with the new TB monogram, this bag reflects the polished elevation Burberry has experienced with Riccardo Tisci at the helm. The smooth leather reflects the elegance and simplicity the brand is known for.
Loewe Gate Bag
This is the It bag I'm eyeing this fall. A cult favorite for a reason, no one achieves the chic, luxurious feel the way Loewe does, IMO. The knotted strap adds a unique touch to an otherwise classic choice.
Chloé Drew Bag
The Drew bag has become one of Chloé's most iconic pieces over the years, and for good reason. The main criteria for a popular cold-weather crossbody bag seems to be simplicity, black leather, gold accents, and a chain strap. The Drew checks every box.
Prada Wallet On A Chain
A wallet on a chain is a classic choice for a crossbody bag. Large enough to fit the essentials but small enough to lay flat across your body, it's as if a clutch and a shoulder bag had a really fashionable baby.
Bottega Veneta Baby Olimpia
The rebranding of Bottega Veneta under Creative Director Daniel Lee is the success story dreams are made of. Suddenly on the arms of every celeb and influencer in town, the understated but iconic intrecciato woven technique is making a statement as Bottega Veneta releases bag after stylish bag—Baby Olimpia included.
The Row Hunting 9 Shoulder Bag
I lust after nearly every piece The Row has ever produced, and this bag is no exception. I want to wear this bag strapped across an all-black-no-exceptions loose-fitting outfit, grab a Venti Starbucks Americano and pretend I'm Mary-Kate Olsen. Is that too much to ask?
Dries Van Noten Leather Chain Bag
There's admittedly been a significant selection of black bags in this lineup, so if you're looking for a pop of color, this bag is for you. Fun sidenote: Have you seen images of Dries Van Noten's home in Antwerp? If not, look at them right now. You're welcome.
While not the exact style, this Dries Van Noten crossbody bag is a vintage steal.
A luxury designer list would not be complete without Givenchy. What did I say about black leather, gold hardware, and a chain strap? The recipe for the perfect crossbody.
Gucci Marmont Bag
Does everyone have this bag, or does everyone have this bag? With the Double G hardware and chevron leather design, it's instantly recognizable as one of the OG It-girl bags.