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Putting together interesting outfits during the end-of-winter slump takes effort. When it’s cold and cloudy, it’s so much easier to mindlessly throw on a matching sweatsuit and a classic camel coat or your favorite pair of leggings and a puffer.
To get yourself out this style rut, hold off wearing your spring dresses and swimsuits and instead try adding a colorful cross-body bag to make your outfit a tad more interesting. No, they won’t hold a laptop like your trusty work bag, but they will hold your phone, keys and a lip balm for your winter bodega runs. It’s one way to break up the monotony plus it’ll keep your hands free — the better to stuff them into your pockets when you forget your gloves. Plus, you won’t have to worry about it sliding down your shoulder like your slippery tote bag.
Best Crossbody Bags Under $55
This is one of the roomier options, so you can stuff everything you need for the day.
With extra pockets and distressed details, this under-$30 option will easily replace your everyday bag.
Best Crossbody Bags Under $100
This bag from Anthropologie will hold all the essentials for a night out — lip oil, phone, card case, and keys. What else do you need?
Celebrities like Gigi Hadid and Emily Ratakowski love this brand and it can be worn as a clutch, fanny pack, or cross body.
Or switch it up with this crescent-shaped bag from the brand. The croc saddle comes in several colors and textures including this chic brown croc and denim.
COS makes the best cross-body bags. They fall perfectly under your chest and are surprisingly roomy. This ripple bag adds just the right amount of texture and color to your minimalist looks.
If you love the look of crescent bags but want to skip the nylon, this slouchy leather bag is a good alternative. Surprisingly roomy and adjustable, the sling bag comes in several colors, from classic black to neon green.
If you’re on the hunt for a sportier option that doesn’t scream “soccer mom,” Dagne Dover has you covered.
The best basic, no-frills option in black.
Best Crossbody Bags Under $200
Add some shine to your look with this silver cross-body that’s spacious and has extra pockets for keeping things organized.
If your look is polished and clean, your bag should be too. This structured cross-body from J.Crew is perfect for pairing with workwear on the weekdays and brunch looks on the weekend.
If you’re already saving up for your Coachella tickets, you should also get a head start on your outfits. This recycled polyester bag is big enough to hold the essentials. Until festival season is upon us, it’s also perfect for wearing with your puffer coats without sliding off your shoulders.
The chain detail on this bag also doubles as a handle when you’d rather have a shoulder bag.
Because you need an evening bag that can hold a little more than lip oil, like maybe your phone too? Staud’s tiny but not too tiny moon bag is a good option. With a detachable cross-body strap, you won’t have to worry about holding your purse all night.