Our Favorite Crossbody Bags

Crossbody bags are our favorite kind of purse simply because they give you the chance to go hands-free! They’re often our preference when out and about and especially when traveling. We usually lug our large DSLR cameras around our necks when on vacation, so to have a purse neatly tucked across the body really helps alleviate things when exploring a new place. 

But finding the right crossbody can bet tricky! Some are too big, too small, come up too high, don’t have enough compartments, etc. The struggle is real.

Today we’re here to share 2 crossbody bags we recently added to our wardrobes that we are loving!

Casey’s Crossbody Bag

As I’ve mentioned on the blog before, Finn & I are heading to Italy in September. Next week actually! In preparation for our trip, I’ve picked up a few new things. One thing that was high on my list was a new crossbody purse. I had one that I wore a lot (seen in the above photo), but unfortunately it doesn’t have a zipper. I found the bag for a steal at T.J. Maxx last year and have always loved it. But in order to stay safe when traveling in Italy, I definitely wanted a zipper on my crossbody bag. Gotta keep those sticky fingers out! 

I ended up buying this purse when Madewell was having a big end of the summer sale. I wanted a purse that could work with either black or brown and this creamy color works perfectly. 

It is a little on the small side, but I’m a-okay with that. I plan to lug around my large camera around my neck and having a large purse too might make walking around a bit uncomfortable. It hits at the right spot on my side body. Sometimes I feel like it can come down too low and then it just ends up smacking you in the butt every step you take. Not the most comfortable situation!

I also picked up this hat for our trip. It screams “Italy” to me and I can’t wait to don it in the beautiful country…especially to hide my dirty hair. Any tips on traveling with a hat? I don’t want to have it crushed in my luggage, so I may have to bring it on the plane with me? Would love your advice if you have any tips!

Bridget’s Crossbody Bag

Like Casey, I pretty much only wear cross-body bags because of the convenience. I try to find an option that I love and then I wear that purse on repeat until it’s time to replace it. This is usually why I strategically try and find crossbody bags that can match with both black and brown. Almost all of my crossbody bags come from TJ Maxx/Marshall’s because they are super affordable (like under $30) and have a large selection. That’s where this last one I wore all spring and summer came from.

But now that we are approaching fall and I am back at school, I’ve been on the hunt for a bag that’s a tad larger. I’m usually lugging around my lunch during the week and like to throw in my camera on the weekends. This slightly larger crossbody bag has been perfect for these essentials so far!

It was pretty affordable considering the size (under $40!). This style reminds me of the Madewell tote that I love, yet it’s a fraction of the cost.

I don’t tend to choose this carmel brown color too often, but I do love it for the fall and definitely don’t mind pairing it with black this season.

More Crossbody Bags We Love

Finding the perfect crossbody bag, especially one that is affordable, is hard! But now that we each found a staple, we are excited to wear them on repeat until the next season. If you’re also looking for a new crossbody bag for fall, here’s a round-up of some of our other favorites:



  • Erin

    love cross body bags. I’m obsessed with them. always trying to find the right one for me. My favorite brand lately has been elliott lucca – i buy via amazon. i have 3 of their purses and the quality is ON point. a little more expensive. but my justification is i USE it every single day. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H6MFG12/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) but i didn’t spend that much on it — i think i got lucky and got it for like $60. and it fits both my glasses case, and my wallet. so I’m golden!

    • I’ve never heard of Elliott Lucca….but wow, GORGEOUS! What a great find. And I love anything you can buy on Amazon. haha. Definitely looking into these.

  • Trang

    Cross body purses have been my go to for years. The freedom of having your hands free for other tasks! My favorite one is from Lululemon – the festival bag. I’m more of a casual gal day to day and having a bag that is water resistant is nice when traveling and it holds so much! I have 1 leather one for more ‘formal’ outfits also.

    Old Navy is having an awesome sale right now on shift/swing dresses. I just picked up a few for under $8 bucks each.

    • OMG thanks for the head’s up Trang!! $8?!! What a steal!!

      Casey also has a Lululemon bag that she uses for travel or working out and she lovessssss it. Great suggestion!

  • shawnna griffin

    hey girls- love the bags! so cool!

  • Love these bags and so agree that being able to be hands free is the best. I love the warm caramel color Bridget, that is my go-to fave! Casey, I am so jealous of your upcoming trip to Italy! I will have to love vicariously through all of the gorgeous pics I know you are going to take! Your new hat is super stylish! I think you will have to wear it on the plane…I made the mistake of packing a similar hat and it was neve the same, as it got bent. The only hats I can pack are ball caps and the floppy straw kind with no lining or “structure”. Have an amazing time!

    • We completely agree, packing those straw hats ruins them forever!! We learned our lesson the hard way too. haha have a great weekend Kerri!