In antiquity, purses were originally small bags used for holding coins, and what we recognize as the modern handbag emerged during England's Industrial Revolution. Rail travel had a lot to do with the handbag's historic rise in popularity. These early handbags were small and elegantly decorated with intricate beads and fringe, but other than wearing a purse around the waist, there was never an option to wear a handbag draped across the body.
The messenger bag emerged as an essential means of transporting items for Pony Express riders, foot messengers, and postal workers. The modern crossbody style traces its origins to the 1950s-era utility lineman's bag, which were used for carrying tools up utility poles. Given the style's undeniable convenience, it's no wonder crossbody bags influenced the designer handbag world, becoming the indispensable item they are today.
Fashion Conscious Convenience
The crossbody bag is an essential accessory in every woman's wardrobe. These bags feature one long strap designed to drape across the body from one shoulder, with the bag resting at the waist. They're a stylish, convenient option when you'd rather not deal with your favorite designer shoulder bags or handbags.
Crossbody bags come in handy for numerous reasons. When traveling, they're great for securing your belongings without worrying about your bag slipping off your shoulder. This also makes them perfect for crowded festivals, concerts, and other events. Depending on the style, some crossbody bags resemble designer clutches. Simply remove the strap and you've got a beautiful evening look without the hassle of transferring your contents to a new purse.
One of the latest purse trends to emerge this year is the shorter strap crossbody. While most crossbody bags are worn with a long strap, the newest runway trend showcases them closer to the chest at the broadest part of the ribcage. This look gives you more control and keeps the bag from bumping against your thigh, and it looks incredibly chic!
Choose Your Favorites From Top Designers
Crossbody bags are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, so you can always find a look you love. Do you tend to prefer designer hobo bags? Try a slouchy hobo crossbody with chic leather tassels and removable body strap. Do you collect COACH bags? At thredUP, we have drastically reduced COACH purses, including crossbody bags, with the classic print you crave.
You'll even find colorful, utility-style crossbody bags with buckles and plenty of pockets for storing your must-haves. From designer shoulder bags with crossbody straps to vintage-looking evening clutches, our ever-changing selection gives you the options you need at prices that won't break the bank.
Shop thredUP first to uncover crossbody treasures from the likes of Betsey Johnson, Nicole Miller New York, Kate Spade New York, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and more! At 90% off retail, who can resist?