I am a huge fan of crossbody bags. I have several, and I use them while traveling and on every-day basis. To help you find a crossbody bag for yourself I created this guide to the best crossbody bags. It’s a long list of crossbody bags you’ll find in this article, but that’s because there are different styles. There are crossbody bags for day to day use.
And then there are special anti-theft crossbody bags for travel, crossbody bags for women, crossbody bags for men, unisex crossbody bags and fashion crossbody bags.
If tote bags are great for traveling because of their roominess, then crossbody bags are more comfortable for carrying around. In particular, if you are traveling with a backpack not a suitcase. Because they usually are smaller. And thus you can easily carry it with backpack as well.
Best Crossbody Bags 2019
Now let’s look at the list of the best crossbody bags!
To read more about every one of them scroll down! Most of these crossbody bags are available in different colors. For more photos, latest price and user reviews check them out on Amazon – just click on the name or image of the bag! I have also included a link to Amazon under every review.
To learn more about crossbody bags and how to choose the one for yourself, scroll down a bit!
|NAME||IMAGE||MATERIAL||COLORS||PRICE ON AMAZON|
|BEST TRAVEL CROSSBODY BAGS (ANTI-THEFT)|
|Travelon Anti-Theft Signature***||Nylon, slash-resistant body and shoulder strap. RFID blocking card and passport slots.||Several (black, beige, magenta, red, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini***||Nylon, slash-resistant body and shoulder strap. RFID blocking card and passport slots.||Several (black, brown, navy, purple, olive, red, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Baggallini Everywhere||Nylon. RFID blocking card and passport slots.||Several (black, apple, papaya, charcoal, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Pacsafe Citysafe CS100||100D Nylon x 210D Heavy Twill material. Slash-resistant body and shoulder strap. RFID blocking pocket.||Several (black, teal, mulberry, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Lewis N. Clark Secura||Nylon, slash-resistant body and shoulder strap. RFID blocking card slots.||Ember, Onyx||Check the price!|
|Pacsafe Metrosafe LS140||Nylon, slash-resistant body and shoulder strap. RFID blocking pocket.||Black, Pine Green, Sandstone, Vintage Red||Check the price!|
|Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour Bag||Nylon, slash-resistant body and shoulder strap. RFID blocking card and passport slots.||Black, Midnight, Olive, Stone||Check the price!|
|BEST CASUAL CROSSBODY BAGS|
|Kipling Alvar||420 Denier Nylon||20+ colors and patterns||Check the price!|
|Vera Bradley Hipster ***||Cotton||25+ colors and patterns||Check the price!|
|Scarleton Accent||Synthetic vegan leather||Several (black, burgundy, coffee, khaki, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Fossil Emma||Leather||Black, grey, brown||Check the price!|
|Tumi Voyageur Canton||Leather / Nylon||Several (black, beige, red, navy, etc.)||Check the price!|
|BEST FASHION CROSSBODY BAGS|
|Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC***||Leather||Several (black, cobalt, flamingo, etc)||Check the price!|
|Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Ellen||Leather||Black, red||Check the price!|
|Michael Kors Women's Jet Set||Leather||15+ colors||Check the price!|
|S-ZONE Tassel||Leather||Several (black, brown, burgundy, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Realer Crossbody||PU Leather||Black, silver, dark blue||Check the price!|
|BEST CROSSBODY BAGS FOR MEN|
|Briggs & Riley Verb Link||Nylon twill fabric||Black||Check the price!|
|LEABAGS London||Leather||Several (black, brown, olive, etc.)||Check the price!|
|Ibagbar Canvas Crossbody||High density cotton canvas||Black, brown||Check the price!|
|Tumi Alpha 3||FXT ballistic nylon||Black||Check the price!|
|Kenneth Cole Reaction Manhattan Anti-Theft RFID||Leather||Black, brown||Check the price!|
|*** - our favorites|
Types of Crossbody Bags & Why to Use a Crossbody Bag?
A crossbody bag is a versatile functional bag that can be used anywhere. You can carry it to work, around the city or take on a trip abroad. If it’s a cute little fashion crossbody bag, you can wear it to a party, as well as to work. Just choose the right style and size to fit your needs!
While looking for a new crossbody bag you’ll see that there are several types of crossbody bags:
1. Travel Crossbody Bags
Sturdy small and medium-sized bags for travel. These bags are convenient and functional. Most travel crossbody bags feature several compartments and easy access pockets. The Briggs & Riley Verb Link crossbody bag is a good example.
2. Anti-Theft Travel Crossbody Bags
Travel crossbody bags with anti-theft and security features, such as, slash-resistant body, slash resistant and lockable shoulder strap, lockable zippers and RFID blocking card and passport sleeves, or RFID blocking pocket. I have reviewed seven of the best crossbody bags for women and men. Check them out!
3. Casual Leather Crossbody Bags
Durable small and medium-sized crossbody bags for every-day use. Some of them don’t have a zipper closure, only a flap that covers main compartment and other pockets.
Example – LEABAGS London leather crossbody bag and Fossil Emma crossbody bag.
4. Casual Nylon / Canvas Crossbody Bags
Durable small and medium-sized crossbody bags for every-day use, such as Kipling Alvar crossbody bag.
5. Fashion Crossbody Bags
Small and medium-sized stylish crossbody bags that are perfect for a night out or work.
Example – S-ZONE Tassel crossbody bag.
6. Designer Crossbody Bags
Premium crossbody bags. Superior quality and therefore – a higher price.
Example – Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Ellen crossbody purse.
There is a wide variety of brands as well – cheap, mid-range and expensive. Just choose the bag that fits your needs the best!
Be it a special anti-theft crossbody bag or just a simple canvas crossbody bag, it’s still safer than, say, a regular tote bag. Simply because the crossbody bag stays close to your body all the time and it’s easy to keep an eye on it also in crowds. In public places I usually wear it in front of me, to protect myself from pickpockets.
How to Find the Best Crossbody Bag for Yourself?
Are you looking for the best travel purse? The best travel purse for Europe trip? Before buying a crossbody bag, consider these things:
1. Why Do You Need a Crossbody Bag?
First of all, choose the right type!
If you are traveling a lot and walking through certain areas that are known for pickpockets, take a look at anti-theft bags! I have already mentioned that these bags are designed to keep thieves and pickpockets away from your belongings. That kind of bags features slash-resistant body and shoulder straps, lockable zippers and RFID blocking pocket / card and passport slots. Anti-theft bags’ shoulder straps have locking carabiners, so that you can attach the bag to a post or a chair. For instance, while eating in a restaurant.
Leather crossbody bags will be perfect for every-day use and commute. They are casual yet smart looking. Colorful canvas crossbody bags are perfect for a day-off, beach, a day sightseeing trip or other casual events and meetings.
2. Size Matters!
I prefer small-sized crossbody bags since often I carry only the bare minimum – a phone, wallet, collapsible brush, lip balm and lipstick, compact mirror, hair pins and hair ties, Kleenex, a pen and a tiny notebook. I am carrying this little even when I am traveling. The rest usually is sitting in a hotel room.
If I need to carry more then I take a daypack with me. I don’t like large crossbody bags – they don’t look good on my small frame and I don’t feel too comfortable carrying them. The Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini crossbody purse or Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC are among my favorite bags because they are small but still can hold all my necessities.
What about you? Do you carry the bare minimum only or do you like to carry your tablet or camera with you as well? If the latter is true then you will need to look for something bigger, like, Pacsafe Citysafe CS100. It’s bigger, and has a built-in tablet sleeve.
Vera Bradley Hipster crossbody bag is a nice option if you want a casual colorful bag big enough to hold an iPad Mini or even a standard sized iPad! The Vera Bradley bag doesn’t have a special padded sleeve for an iPad, though.
3. Pockets and Compartments
I always choose a small crossbody bag with one main compartment and several internal and extrernal pockets. I like to keep my stuff organized.
When looking for a new crossbody bag, you’ll see that there are bags with:
- A couple of large compartments and a couple of pockets (e.g. Travelon Anti-Theft Signature 3 compartment bag);
- Only one zippered compartment and a few open pockets in it (e.g. Michael Kors Women’s Jet Set crossbody);
- One main compartment and several big and small pockets in and out (e.g. Scarleton Accent crossbody);
- A built-in tablet sleeve (e.g. Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour Bag);
- A built-in tablet sleeve and organizational panel (e.g. Briggs & Riley Verb Link crossbody);
- Several large compartments, several pockets, and even an organizational panel / card slots (e.g. Ibagbar crossbody bag).
Once again, think what will suit your needs the best!
A useful feature to look for is an RFID-blocking card and passport slots. They will protect your cards and passport from unauthorised scanning and identity theft. Because, yes, nowadays it’s possible to scan your bank card from a distance as well. Only from a short distance, though.
Best Crossbody Bags 2018 – Top Crossbody Bags 2018
The Best Crossbody Bags for Travel (Anti-Theft, for Women and Men)
1. Travelon Anti-Theft Signature 3 Compartment Crossbody Bag Review
The Travelon Anti-Theft Signature is a classy and functional women’s travel handbag that won’t be easily snatched or pick-pocketed. It’s a perfect travel buddy and it will keep your valuables safe.
The bag has several anti-theft features. The slash-resistant body will prevent thieves from slashing the bottom of the handbag and taking its contents. The slash-resistant shoulder strap will prevent thieves from cutting the strap and stealing the bag.
There are RFID-blocking card and passport slots in the main compartment. The RFID-blocking slots will protect your personal data stored on microchips in passport and cards from unwanted scanning.
The Travelon Anti-Theft Signature crossbody travel purse has 4 compartments. The two largest ones can be locked for extra security. It will keep your valuables protected from pickpockets! Bag’s hardware can be locked, too.
There are 2 smaller, non-locking pockets: one at the front of the bag, the second – at the back.
The bag features a removable key clip with LED light.
It is spacious enough to fit all the basic necessities, such as, a wallet, smartphone, passport, sunglasses, etc. As well as a 10” tablet computer! Good thing – this bag is not bulky. So it will look good even on a petite woman.
The Travelon Anti-Theft Signature is made of durable nylon. The material is fairly water resistant.
The bag is available in several colors.
Dimensions: 13.8” x 11.5” x 3” (35 x 29.2 x 7.6 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 16”–29.5” (40.6 – 75 cm).
2. Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag Review
There are plenty of good Travelon travel handbags of different sizes and styles, but these two (Signature and Mini) are, in my opinion, the best! And they are also among the best crossbody bags for women.
If the Travelon Signature is too big for you and you want a smaller travel shoulder bag with all the anti-theft features, look no further!
The Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini travel crossbody bag is way smaller than the Signature, but, as I have mentioned already, it still has several anti-theft features. The bag features a slash-resistant body construction and locking main compartment. The slash-resistant shoulder strap features a large carabiner clip with a safety lock.
The Travelon Classic Mini travel crossbody purse has 4 compartments.
The main compartment is lockable, and features an interior organizer with RFID blocking card and passport slots in the main compartment. As well as there are 2 wall pockets for small items, like, cables, lip balm, etc. You’ll find a removable LED light inside the main compartment.
There’s a front zip pocket which is secured by a flap with a snap closure. There’s one interior pocket in it.
There are 2 easy access – front and rear – zippered pockets. The rear pocket is deep, it runs all the way down the length of the bag.
The Travelon Mini travel purse looks smaller in the picture than it is in reality. It’s still roomy enough. An iPad Mini will fit in the main compartment. However, it will be a snug fit.
Dimensions: 8.5” x 8.5” x 2” (21.6 x 21.6 x 5 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 16” – 28” (40.6 – 71.1 cm).
3. Baggallini Everywhere Lightweight Crossbody Bag Review
As the name suggests, the Baggallini Everywhere is a versatile handbag that can be taken anywhere – on a commute, on a trip, on a stroll around the city, or day-to-day carry. It’s a good bag that you can rely on.
The Baggallini is a quite large, multi-pocketed and spacious women’s crossbody purse, that is made of durable nylon fabric. The material is lightweight and also water resistant. So your belongings will stay safe even if you will get caught in the rain.
There are plenty of thoughtfully designed pockets and compartments that will hold all of your essentials and help you to stay organized.
Let’s look inside!
There’s a roomy zippered main compartment that will hold a 10” tablet computer with some room to spare. There are several interior compartments that are ideal for storing small items, such as, cables and make-up. And there’s also a large zippered inside pocket along the back side. Above this pocket – 2 elastic loops for pens and pencils. There are 8 card-sized slots along the front interior and a key fob on a strap.
The Baggallini Everywhere comes with a zipped RFID wristlet that is attached to the inside of the bag with a detachable strap.
There are multiple exterior pockets: a zippered long horizontal pocket, phone-sized zippered pocket and a pocket with a snap button closure.
There are 2 side pockets – a tight open pocket for a phone or sunglasses and zippered side pocket with an elastic pouch inside it. A small narrow water bottle will fit in, but it will be a tight fit. The pocket can’t be zippered when the bottle is placed there.
There’s back pocket (with a snap closure and zippered bottom) which can be transformed into a sleeve which goes over the retracted handle of the wheeled suitcase.
See! A lot of compartments and space! You definitely aren’t going to run out of storage with this bag!
Please note, that, unlike the Travelon handbags I’ve reviewed before, the Baggallini doesn’t have slash proof straps or panels.
Dimensions: 10.75” x 9.25” x 5” (27.3 x 23.5 x 12.7 cm).
Strap length: 54” (137 cm).
4. Pacsafe Citysafe CS100 Anti-Theft Travel Handbag Review
The Pacsafe Citysafe CS100 Anti-Theft purse is a great women’s travel handbag with several functional anti-theft features.
The bag is made of water repellent 100D Nylon x 210D Heavy Twill material. It is embedded with eXomesh Slashguard, a lightweight flexible stainless steel wire mesh that protects your belongings from theft and pickpockets. Flexible stainless steel wire runs through the Carrysafe shoulder strap to help prevent thieves from slicing through and running off with your bag. The shoulder strap has a lockable hook as well, so no one can open it. You can put the shoulder strap around a chair and lock the hook. It will protect your bag from thieves while you are dining.
The main compartment has a two-way head to head zipper and a claw-type locking capability. It includes an RFID blocking pocket that will protect you from identity theft. A padded sleeve in the main compartment fits an iPad Mini. There’s a zip pocket and a few open pockets inside the bag. The RFID pocket is located on the outside of the tablet sleeve.
There’s a front quick-access pocket with a smart-zipper secured with a zip tab for extra security. Inside the front pocket there’s a front-wall zippered inside pocket.
The bag is roomy enough to hold a smartphone, tablet computer, passport, wallet, chargers, cables and some small items. Even when the bag is full it doesn’t look bulky.
Dimensions: 11.8” x 7.9” x 3.1” (30 x 20 x 8 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 16.5” – 29.5” (42 – 75 cm).
5. Lewis N. Clark Secura Anti-theft Commuter Shoulder Bag Review
A compact durable women’s travel purse that is going to last!
The Lewis N. Clark Secura Anti-theft Commuter travel purse features an anti-slash shoulder strap with internal stainless steel cable, and panels that will protect your belongings from pickpockets and thieves.
The swivel hardware can be used to secure your bag to a fixed object such as a pole on a bus or a train, or a chair in a restaurant.
The bag features a locking main compartment, locking zippered front pocket and RFID-protected credit card slots. There’s an internal zippered pocket, internal pockets for a hotel room key and passport.
The bag is made of durable nylon, and the outside of the bag is coated with a water-resistant PU coating.
This bag always stays very close to your body, because of how the strap is attached to the bag.
Dimensions: 8” x 6” x 2” (20.3 x 15.2 x 5 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 14” – 25” (35.6 – 63.5 cm).
6. Pacsafe Metrosafe LS140 Anti-Theft Compact Shoulder Bag Review
The Pacsafe Metrosafe LS140 Anti-Theft purse has several functional anti-theft features. This lightweight but very safe and durable travel shoulder bag will be perfect for men who travel frequently and like to keep their essentials secure.
The bag is made of nylon, and has a slash-proof body and shoulder strap. Lightweight eXomesh Slashguard stainless steel wire mesh is embedded into bag’s fabric, and will protect against slash-and-run theft. The Carrysafe Slashguard shoulder strap is wire-reinforced, so it will protect your from cut-and-run theft. One end of the shoulder strap has a lockable hook.
There’s an RFID blocking pocket in the main compartment that will protect your IDs, cards and passport from unauthorized scanning and identity theft. There’s a padded iPad Mini compatible sleeve in the main compartment, as well. And then there’s another compartment – it’s hidden under a flap. There’s an open pocket and a zippered mesh pocket, as well as a key clip. It’s perfect for storing smaller items, such as cables and a smartphone.
Both of these compartments are lockable. The main compartment is locked by Lockabout Security Clip, but the front compartment is secured with a hook.
Dimensions: 9.4” x 7.5” x 3.5” (24 x 19 x 9 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 24” (61 cm).
7. Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour Bag Review
A great travel crossbody bag for both men and women.
Just like the other Travelon bags I’ve reviewed, the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour crossbody bag has useful anti-theft features.
Its shoulder strap is cable reinforced and cut-proof. One end of the shoulder strap is secured with a locking carabineer. Thanks to it you can secure your bag to a fixed object such as a chair leg, while dining in a restaurant.
The Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour bag is made of 900 denier polyester, and features slash-resistant body construction, which will protect against slash-and-run theft.
A compartment under a flap is extra secure. Not only it’s hidden under a flap but also features locking zippers and RFID blocking card and passport slots! There’s a removable LED light and headphone port, too. The main compartment features an iPad sleeve, two mesh pockets and a zippered pocket. There’s a zippered pocket at the back and a zippered easy access pocket at the front of the bag.
Bag features a zippered mesh expansion pocket that is perfect for a water bottle or an umbrella.
Dimensions: 11” x 9.5” x 3” (28 x 24 x 7.6 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 22” (56 cm).
The Best Casual Crossbody Bags 2018 (for Every-Day Use)
1. Kipling Alvar Crossbody Bag Review
Basically, the Kipling Alvar is a versatile handbag – either it can be an every-day handbag, or it can be taken on a trip as a travel purse. Yes, it doesn’t have anti-theft features, but it features a no-frills, practical design. The bag is lightweight and comfy.
The Kipling Alvar crossbody purse is made of water resistant 420 Denier nylon for rugged durability, and features great sturdy zippers with characteristic Kipling zipper pulls.
The bag has 2 large compartments and 2 zippered front pockets. Front zippered compartment contains an open all-purpose pouch, 2 slip pockets and a pen sleeve. Rear zippered compartment features a zippered pocket and a key clasp.
There’s plenty of room for daily items, like, a smartphone, wallet, small notebook, tablet computer or an e-book reader, and a small water bottle. And the 2 small pockets on the front will hold plenty of smaller items, like, lip balm, tissues, mirror, small folding hair brush, etc.
Just like other Kipling bags, the Alvar comes with signature Kipling monkey key chain.
Available in 20+ colors.
Dimensions: 13” x 11” x 1.25” (33 x 28 x 3.2 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 24” (61 cm).
A smaller version of the Kipling Alvar is available, as well. Its dimensions are 6.25” x 6.75” x 1.5” (16 x 17 x 3.8 cm). Check it out on Amazon!
2. Vera Bradley Hipster Cross-Body Bag Review
I love Vera Bradley products because they are well made, last long and are very colorful. The Vera Bradley Hipster crossbody bag is clearly one of the best crossbody bags available. It features a practical design, yet it’s very fun and features an eye-catching pattern!
The bag has a large main compartment with top zip closure. The main compartment is roomy, and features 3 interior slip pockets. There is a quick-access front open slip and zippered pocket, as well as a zippered pocket on the back to keep the valuables close to your body.
The Vera Bradley Hipster is made of durable cotton, and feature durable zippers with cute ribbon zipper pulls. There are 2 vertical stripes at the bag.
Even though the bag is narrow (depth-wise), there’s plenty of space for a 9.7” iPad, wallet, smartphone, a small make-up bag and some small items, like, cables, collapsible hair brush, a few pens and pencils.
Dimensions: 11” x 11” x 1.5” (28 x 28 x 3.8 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 26” (66 cm).
3. Scarleton Accent Crossbody Bag Review
The Scarleton Accent is a very functional bag that doesn’t cost and arm and a leg! Actually it’s one of the best cheap crossbody bags available.
The Scarleton Accent crossbody bag has a classic design. It’s made of washed synthetic vegan leather with fabric lining. The bag features classic bronze hardware that gives the bag that classy look.
The bag has plenty of compartments and small pockets that will accommodate all your daily items and the small items, like, lip balm, hairpins, hair ties, keys, etc., won’t get lost! There’s a large main compartment with zippered interior pocket and a couple of slip pockets. There’s a zippered front pocket at the top of the bag, a small pocket with a magnetic snap button, and a round zippered pouch with a small zippered pocket at the front. There also a zippered back pocket, which is quite large.
The Scarleton Accent crossbody purse is available in several colors.
Dimensions: 9.4” x 10.6” x 2” (24 x 27 x 5 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 22.5” (57 cm).
4. Fossil Emma Crossbody Bag Review
High quality, smartly designed premium crossbody bag that is functional and versatile. It can be used on a daily basis and taken on trips. One of the best crossbody bags you can find today.
The Fossil Emma is extremely well-made bag that is going to last long. The bag has a vintage design, and it’s stylishly top stitched. It looks smart and classy.
The bag is made from high quality leather, with a textile lining. The leather is smooth and durable. The hardware is made of durable brass.
Despite its size, The Fossil Emma features several pockets and compartments. There’s a main zippered top compartment with a zippered interior pocket and a slip pocket. There’s an open slip pocket at the back of the bag.
Available in black, grey and brown.
Dimensions: 9.75″ x 8.5″ x 1.5″ (24.8 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 24″ (61 cm).
5. Tumi Voyageur Canton Crossbody Review
This is another high quality premium crossbody bag.
The Tumi Voyageur Canton is a trendy yet functional crossbody purse that is ideal for every-day use. It’s well-made and extremely comfortable. The bag is slim yet roomy enough to fit all your daily essentials.
The bag is made of gorgeous durable leather. It features durable shiny zippers with ribbon-like leather zipper pulls. The Canton is also available in nylon.
The Tumi Voyageur Canton has several compartments and pockets. There’s a main zippered compartment with a back-wall zippered pocket and a slip pocket. Then there’s another, smaller, zippered compartment at the front. There’s also a quick-access back pocket with a magnetic snap button.
Dimensions: 11″ x 10″ x 2″ (28 x 25.4 x 5 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 27” (68.6 cm).
The Best Fashion Crossbody Bags 2018
1. Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC Convertible Cross-Body Handbag Review
The Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC is a beautiful purse available in several gorgeous colors. It’s convertible – the crossbody strap is detachable, and the bag can be worn as a crossbody bag, or as a clutch.
Despite being a mini version of a standard MAC, the Mini MAC still is a decent-sized purse. The main compartment is large enough to hold a long sized wallet with a room to spare for your other essentials. It may or may not have slip pockets in the main compartment, depends on the version of the Mini MAC. There’s a front zippered pocket that is covered by a flap that is secured with a clasp.
The Mini MAC features durable shiny hardware and has 4 metal feet at the bottom. The shoulder strap is a metal chain with a leather shoulder.
The bag comes with detachable tassels.
The Mini MAC is versatile. It will be perfect not only for an evening out, but also for everyday use. The chain shoulder strap can be adjusted, so it can be worn as a shoulder bag, too.
Dimensions: 9” x 6.5” x 1.5” (23 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: cross-body – 21” (53.3 cm); doubled – 14” (35.6 cm).
As I have mentioned before, there’s a standard sized (11” x 8” x 2” / 28 x 20.3 x 5 cm) MAC, too. Check it out on Amazon!
2. Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Ellen Cross-Body Handbag Review
The Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Ellen is a smart looking leather crossbody bag. It has simple yet elegant design, and it can be worn for a night out or used as an every-day bag.
The bag is made of soft pebbled cowhide with beautiful striped poly twill lining. The shoulder strap is made of leather, and has a chain detail on both ends of the strap. It beautifies the bag.
The Kate Spade New York Cobble Hill Ellen is a flat handbag, so you can’t put really bulky items in there. However, it still will hold quite a lot. There’s enough space for daily essentials, like, a wallet, smartphone, glasses, a small notebook, some make-up, etc.
The design is simple, and there are not too many pockets. There’s a main compartment with a zippered interior pocket and 2 open slip pockets. And there’s a front zippered pocket.
Dimensions: 10.1” x 10.3” x 1” (25.7 x 26.2 x 2.5 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 22” (56 cm).
3. Michael Kors Women’s Jet Set Crossbody Leather Bag Review
This cute little bag is crafted from Saffiano leather and features an adjustable leather strap with chunky chain-link sections.
The design of the Jet Set crossbody bag is simple but the bag looks gorgeous. It’s solid, and has a rectangular shape. The material is very durable and the bag is well-made.
The bag has only 1 compartment. There are 3 open slip pockets in it. The one on the back wall is large enough to hold an e-book reader. There are 2 smaller slip pockets on the opposite side.
Good news, there are so many colors to choose from! My favorites are Raspberry and Electric Blue.
The hardware is either golden or silver, depending on color of the bag’s body.
Dimensions: 9.5” x 6.25” x 2.25” (24 x 16 x 5.7 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 23” (58.4 cm).
4. S-ZONE Cowhide Small Tassel Crossbody Bag Review
A cute and inexpensive genuine leather bag that looks stylish and will last long!
The S-Zone handbag is made of genuine split cow leather, and features high quality gold-tone metal hardware. The leather is naturally soft and flexible, yet durable.
The bag has a top metal magnetic snap button closure and removable zippered pouch. There are metal feet at the bottom for stability.
The S-Zone handbag is big enough to hold all your every-day essentials. As I have mentioned before the handbag features a removable pouch. It is attached to the inside of the main compartment that is closed by a snap button. The removable pouch is covering the full inside of the main compartment with a bit of space on each side of it.
There are 3 interior pockets inside the removable pouch – a zippered pocket and two open pockets on the opposite side.
There are convenient outside pockets, large pocket at the front that is secured with metal magnetic button and 2 pockets at the back of the bag.
The bag comes with a detachable tassel and 2 detachable straps: a shorter, non-adjustable, leather shoulder strap and an adjustable longer crossbody strap. Thus the handbag is versatile – it can be used as a handbag, a shoulder bag or a crossbody bag.
Available in several beautiful colors.
Dimensions: 8.7” x 9.8” x 5” (22 x 25 x 13 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: crossbody strap – 22” (56 cm); shoulder strap – 10.6” (27 cm).
5. Realer PU Leather Crossbody Bag Review
Affordable fashionable crossbody bag made of durable PU leather. Because of the classic and smart design the bag’s ideal not only for a night out but also can be used as an every-day purse.
Even though the Realer crossbody bag is cheap, it’s well made, and the material seems sturdy. The bag holds it shape very well.
Just like the rest of the crossbody bags I have reviewed, the Realer crossbody purse is big enough to hold all the daily essentials. Like, a wallet, a smartphone, some make-up and hand cream will fit in with a room to spare. An Amazon Kindle e-book reader will fit in there as well!
There’s a roomy main compartment with a zippered back wall pocket and 2 open pockets. There’s a rear zippered pocket on the outside of the bag.
There’s a narrow decorative clip that goes over the main compartment, and a tassel. The bag features gold-toned hardware.
Dimensions: 8.7” x 7.1” x 2.8” (22.1 x 18 x 7.1 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 20.5” (52 cm).
The Best Crossbody Bags for Men
1. Briggs & Riley Verb Link Crossbody Bag Review
High quality, smartly designed premium crossbody bag for men. Because of its organizational features and classy design it’s perfect for business travel or work. It’s definitely one of the best crossbody bags for men!
The Briggs & Riley Verb Link crossbody bag is made of high quality nylon twill fabric, that is moisture, wear, dirt and abrasion resistant. The bag features durable self-repairing zippers.
The crossbody bag fits more than you would expect. The largest padded compartment will hold most tablets and even some small laptops. It can hold an 11” MacBook Air, but it’s a tight fit. There’s a u-zip, gusseted organizer section with an interior zippered pocket, ID-sleeve, RFID blocking business card and passport slots, and CordControl elastic loops that will securely hold a range of small items.
There’s a lockable zippered compartment for electronics. Inside there’s a padded section for a tablet or a small laptop computer and 2 open stretch pockets on the opposite wall.
L-zippered easy access front pocket that is lined with soft fleece will hold a smartphone or an Amazon Kindle. There’s a grab handle and a quick stash pocket at the back, perfect for airline tickets.
There is a drawback, though. There’s no padding on a crossbody strap. If the bag is packed full, it might get heavy, and that’s when the padding on a strap comes in handy.
The Briggs & Riley Verb Link crossbody bags are backed by Simple As That lifetime warranty, which covers even airline damage!
Dimensions: 12.3” x 9.3”x 2.5” (31.2 x 23.6 x 6.4 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 24” (61 cm).
2. LEABAGS London Leather Crossbody Bag Review
Vintage crossbody bag made of genuine buffalo leather. It’s well-made and durable, and the leather is pleasant to the touch.
The Leabags crossbody bag is quite stiff, which makes it good for carrying papers and documents.
The bag has several pockets and compartments. The spacious open main compartment and an open slip pocket are covered by a leather flap with magnetic snap button closure. Note, that there’s no zipper on top of the main compartment!
The main compartment has a zippered back wall pocket and a couple of open pockets in the main compartment. An open pocket is located in front of the main compartment will hold an iPad.
There’s a zippered outside pocket at the back of the bag.
The bag is spacious, and will hold a tablet or a small laptop, documents, phone, wallet and some small items.
Bag’s strap is made of leather, which is backed with a dark woven nylon strip for stability.
To clean, protect and moisturize the leather use the Leabags Avocado Lotion! (get it from Amazon)
The Leabags crossbody bag is available in several colors.
Dimensions: 12.2” x 10.2” x 3.1” (31 x 26 x 8 cm).
Shoulder strap length: 52” (132 cm).
3. Ibagbar Canvas Crossbody Bag Review
A great inexpensive yet durable canvas crossbody bag for men. It’s among the best cheap crossbody bags available.
The Ibagbar canvas crossbody bag is functional and roomy. It’s perfect for every-day use and taking on day trips! It’s good for traveling as well, but note, that it doesn’t have any anti-theft features and RFID protection.
The bag has a classic, rugged design, and is made of high density cotton canvas.
The bag has so many pockets! In total – 9, and 7 of them are zippered. Making it a perfect choice for those who love organization. Every item will have its own pocket!
There’s an organizational pocket which is secured by a Velcro flap. Inside the organizational pocket there are several card slots, a key clip, an earphone port, and a pen sleeve. This compartment is 2” deep, so there’s additional space for some other small items or an e-book reader, or a compact camera. There’s a zippered pocket at the front of the bag, on the flap.
The main compartment has 2 zippered pockets – one along the back wall and another – on the front wall. The one on the front wall is made of mesh, and is not completely embedded into the main compartment of the bag.
There are 2 open pockets on either side of the bag, perfect for items such as hand sanitizer.
There’s is zippered back compartment that can accommodate an iPad, and also a zippered back pocket. There’s a sturdy grab handle at the top of the bag.
Dimensions: 11” x 10” x 5” (28 x 25.4 x 12.7 cm).
Shoulder strap length: 52” (132 cm).
4. Tumi Alpha 3 Small Pocket Crossbody Bag Review
The Tumi Alpha 3 crossbody is a perfect casual crossbody bag for every-day use and travel. It’s compact, slim and lightweight.
The bag is made of ultra-tough FXT ballistic nylon, and comes with a luggage tag.
This crossbody bag has several compartments. There’s a zippered front compartment. The opening is quite small, so it seems that the compartment itself is very small, but actually it runs all the way down the length of the bag. At the bottom of the front compartment you’ll find card slots. So, they’re concealed in a way, which is good. There’s additional slip pocket and a zippered pocket that can hold a passport. In this compartment you’ll find a key clip, as well.
Then there’s a zippered main compartment and a slip pocket at the back of the bag.
The Tumi Alpha 3 crossbody is smaller than the other men’s crossbody bags I’ve reviewed. It will hold basic necessities, such as, glasses, wallet, passport, cards, charger, keys, phone and earphones.
Dimensions: 9.5” x 8” x 1.5” (24.1 x 20.3 x 3.8 cm).
Shoulder strap drop: 31” (78.7 cm).
5. Kenneth Cole Reaction Manhattan Anti-Theft RFID Crossbody Bag Review
A beautiful well-made and sturdy bag perfect for business travel and work. The bag is made of rich full grain Colombian leather, and has decorative stitching on the front and back. You won’t be disappointed with its looks! It’s classy and smart – it will be perfect not only for every-day use, but also for work.
This Kenneth Cole men’s crossbody bag has several compartments. Main compartment features a padded iPad sleeve (secured with a Velcro closure), a zippered pocket, with plenty of space for other items, such as, wallet, phone, and checkbook. There’s another compartment, it’s located in front of the main compartment. There are several card slots, a couple of pen sleeves and a small open pocket that will hold a small-sized smartphone.
Both of these compartments are covered with a flap which is secured with a magnetic button closure. Note, that the main compartment isn’t zippered.
There’s a large open pocket at the back. It runs all the way down the length of the bag, and will be perfect for storing a magazine or tickets.
There’s a pad on the shoulder strap, which is great – it won’t dig into your skin.
Dimensions: 11.5” x 10.5” x 3” (29.2 x 26.7 x 7.6 cm).
Shoulder strap length: 53” (134.6 cm).
Do you like crossbody bags? Or, do you prefer other hand bags? What’s the best hand bag for your needs?