5 Versatile Cross-Body Bags for Stylish Summer Travel

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Cross-body bags are easy to carry and the best bag to take on a trip. Since it’s a bag that you don’t put down, it prevents you from losing personal, valuable possessions such as a passport. And since the cross-body bags I am featuring are all small, they will force you to carry only the essentials. I focused on featuring small cross-body bags that are versatile in color, but bold enough to be able to wear with all kind of outfits from day to evening.

Going along with our black and white summer trend, this cross-body bag is right on the money. Its simplistic black and white pattern gives it a fun retro flair. Its crisp clutch-like look gives it an alluring appeal and allows you to wear during the day and evening. The envelope style and the top black color block make this bag very glamorous and old school looking.

Kate Spade Fairmount Square Monday Crossbody Bag

→ Buy the Kate Spade Fairmount Square Monday Crossbody Bag, $128.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.

Tory Burch’s Crescent Printed Small Cross Body bag is an excellent choice for a sturdy, reliable bag that will last for years. It allows you to implement a colorful accessory and give your entire look a summery feel. At first glance you’d think this isn’t versatile, but that’s far from the truth.

There are three different color options, but my favorite is the one with the red, yellow, and blue coloring. It’s the season’s hottest colors on a one-piece accessory and it will go with almost any colors. But, maybe I would gear away from some patterns to avoid looking messy. Something like a polka dot pattern may pair well with this bag.

Tory Burch Crescent Printed Small Crossbody Bag

→ Buy the Tory Burch Crescent Printed Small Crossbody Bag, $550.00, at toryburch.com.

For an ultra wow factor check out Tom Ford’s Small Fold Over Calfskin Cross Body Bag. It’s over-the-top white, sleek, and swanky design makes this a must-have. The zip around trim and padlock hanging from front adds edginess to this bag.

Tom Ford Alix Small Fold-Over Crossbody Bag

→ Buy the Tom Ford Alix Small Fold-Over Crossbody Bag, $1,990.00, at neimanmarcus.com; shipping and returns are free.

This next feature is not exactly a daytime bag, but with this season’s mix-and-match look, and for the price, it is a piece worth showcasing. It’s bold and jeweled, therefore, in my opinion, very versatile! For under $40 why not throw it in your vacation bag for a nice dinner out. This way you have a bag that you won’t shed a tear over in case you get it a little scuffed up.

Zara Jewelled Cross-Body Bag

→ Buy the Zara Jewelled Cross-Body Bag, $35.90, at zara.com.

Kim Moshtaghi
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny San Diego, California, where she's a Realtor with Apprize Realty, Inc., specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.