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What DO I Wear?!?! The Crossbody Bag


“Actually, I never liked the idea of bags. I would say, ‘Why do so many of my friends spend so much money on these bloody bags?’ But once I started designing them, I was completely hooked.: ~ Nicola Formichetti

The Inner Purse Fight

Firstly, I want to apologize to the fashion Gods for being so damn judgy and critical. For years, I shunned the crossbody bag, thinking it was a purse fit for grandmas or else a flashback to Flashdance. (the horror!) I refused. REFUSED, to even THINK about touching a crossbody bag! Why DID I NEED a crossbody bag when I could use a tote?

I mean seriously with living in the city and in m line of work, I have to lug my whole life and the kitchen sink around this concrete jungle. S smaller purse just is NOT practical.

Crossbody Convert 

As I was exploring in Georgia, I realized that it actually DID make sense to have one. I go between two extremes, holding a small clutch, or carrying my whole life, there is no in between. Not to mention the fact, I pretty much have a permanent coffee cup attached to my hands anyway, and it would make it easier for when I ask my friends to take pictures and I have to give them all my crap. (sorry guys I love you anyway! Thank you!)

THEN an almost disaster occurred. When I was beach combing in Georgia my phone fell out of the side pocket on my tote. I knew. I absolutely knew if I had a crossbody bag it would NEVER have happened (okay it probably wold, but please go with my justifications to buy one more thing!)

Thus the search began.

I  had seen a couple on social media that were passable in my fashionably critical mind’s eye. We had gone to the Mall in Georgia and went into Express and there I found the one! (cue choirs of angels singing)

The Crossbody

I was a bit surprised I had found one so quickly (but then I am Type A, we make top our mind we do it!) and the I would be so enamored with it. Made of faux suede, it was a decent size; not ridiculously small nor to big. (oh the irony) It had a front flap with a metal closure. The kicker was the strap was the perfect size for me.

If you have read this blog, you know I am vertically challenged and I admit it was another reason I didn’t like this style. The darn strap is usually so long, it hits my ankles. This, sits at my hip. If you were slightly taller, I am not sure this would work, but on me it was perfect and another sign that the shopping gods were on my side.

//Scarf: Urban Outfitters // Jacket: Michael Kors // Dress: Anthropologie // Leggings: Lululemon // Boots: American Rag// Bag: Express // 

I would say my only complaint is there are no inside pockets. But you win some, you lose some.

Because I was flying I held off.

Again karma was on my side, I because the next day it was half off. Score!


I bought it in my favorite color of army green. It matches my winter jacket -not to mention my entire wardrobe- perfectly! I also picked it up in a gorgeous navy blue. Despite the suede like material, it is actually the perfect bag to transition from Winter to Spring. (yes I am dreaming of Spring already!)

I can not wait to rock this, when i do not have to wear such a bulky coat. I also love the versatility of being able to ear it offer my shoulder or across. While I admit I fought it, I am so happy I caved.

What do you think of the crossbody bag? Do you have one? Is there a style you fought and finally cave and now love?

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