A traveler needs three go-to bags: a carry-on, a backpack, and something a little less bulky and more attractive for day-to-day use. For the latter, we swear by the cross-body. Below, our favorite finds.
Everlane Foldover Cross-body in Natural
Don’t shy away from the pale color of this fold-over cross-body. The soft Spanish leather will only get better with age.
To buy: everlane.com, $150
Cult Gaia Gaias Luna Small Shoulder Bag
The beaded strap gives this acrylic bag a bohemian twist. Pair it with your favorite summer dress in any warm climate.
To buy: intermixonline.com, $318
Yoki Bags Stud Strap Faux Leather Camera Crossbody Bag
This faux leather bag features gleaming metal studs for a chic and edgy look.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $17 (originally $34)
J. Crew Crossbody Buckle Bag in Italian Suede
A nod to the '70s, this Italian suede bag has a subtle equestrian flair and a smooth leather strap for contrast.
To buy: jcrew.com, $158
Malibu Skye Oversized Buckle Top Handle Bag
The oversized buckle detailing adds a super-chic element to this classic silhouette.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $68
Street Level Woven Rattan Circle Crossbody Bag
Straw bags are having a moment right now, so it’s the perfect time to invest in what used to be a beach-only bag.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $51 (originally $84)
ODP Mini Safari Handbag
This safari-style bag is perfect —whether or not you’re actually going on safari.
To buy: goop.com, $860
Coach Dinky Bag
First introduced in 1973, this topstitched style has stood the test of time and will add a vintage spirit to your favorite travel look.
To buy: coach.com, $295
Marc Jacobs Snapshot Camera Bag
An adorably mini bag that'll jazz up any outfit.
To buy: shopbop.com, $295
Marc Jacobs Nylon Biker Cross-body Bag
This mini bag adds an unexpected pop of color to any outfit.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $168
Sam Edelman Paislee Small Messenger Bag
This Chanel-reminiscent messenger bag will up your style game no matter where you are.
To buy: shopbop.com, $148
Aqua Medium Circle Croc-Embossed Crossbody
A statement bag with a simple silhouette.
To buy: shopbop.com, $58
Street Level Faux Leather Bucket Bag
Treat this evergreen bag as a neutral and pair it with anything from your favorite florals to a classic trench.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $48
Pixie Mood 'Drew' Faux Leather Crossbody Bag
This structured bucket bag is perfect for both day and night.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $63
Chloé 'Faye' Bracelet Leather and Suede Shoulder Bag
For the minimalist who’s looking to splurge, this bag by Chloé is a chic way to carry all your small essentials.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $890
Elizabeth and James Pen Pal Satin Shoulder Bag
You can wear this satin bag as a crossbody, over on your shoulder, or around your waist as a belt bag. Take your pick.
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $125