The 10 Best Crossbody Bags to Wear With Everything

This versatile accessory is the key to our closets (and hearts).

A woman wearing a chunky red jumper with a crossbody bag over her shoulder
(Image credit: Kat Irlin)

Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.

Once upon a time, simple crossbody bags—complete with straps long enough to wear on the shoulder or across the chest—were designed for the necessity of hunting or military needs. (We'd argue that the same can be said for any modern woman preparing for an unpredictable day.) But this utility-first accessory is still stylish and classic enough to carry you through the day—and the week, and month, and year. While chain straps can be cumbersome, cell phone purses hold almost nothing, and top-handle bags always require the attention of at least one hand, the ever sleek, the ever functional crossbody bag has proven to be versatile and unfussy. Bottom line: You need one of these—especially if you have any travel coming up.

Sara Holzman
Style Director

Sara Holzman is the Style Director for Marie Claire, where she's worked alongside the publication for eight years in various roles, ensuring the brand's fashion content continues to inform, inspire, and shape the conversation about fashion's ever-evolving landscape. With a degree from the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara is responsible for overseeing a diverse fashion content mix, from emerging and legacy designer profiles to reported features on the influence of social media on style and seasonal and micro trends across the world's fashion epicenters in New York, Milan, and Paris. Before joining Marie Claire, Sara held fashion roles at Conde Nast's Lucky Magazine and Self Magazine and was a style and travel contributor to Equinox's Furthermore website. Over her decade of experience in the fashion industry, Sara has helped guide each brand's style point of view, working alongside veteran photographers and stylists to bring editorial and celebrity photo shoots to fruition from start to finish. Sara currently lives in New York City. When she's not penning about fashion or travel, she’s at the farmer’s market, on a run, working to perfect her roasted chicken recipe, or spending time with her husband, dog, and cat. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork