The Bag Making It Into The Big Time In 2020

10 crossbody bags to strap into now
17:00, 02 Feb 2020

The man-bag was the subject of jokes in an episode of Friends – that’s how long it’s been hovering around on the border between really wearable and utterly laughable. The small, crossbody version, however, was strong last year and – trust us – will be bigger in 2020.

Firstly - and let’s agree on this with serious eye-contact – never call it a Murse. It’s not an adaptation of a woman’s purse, it’s from the world of hip-hop and skate and looks a bit like a gun holster. Strapping your stuff across your chest turns the simple act of taking out your Monzo into a Brooklyn stand-off with bad guys who had it coming.

A$AP Rocky has embraced them, David Beckham has obviously given them a run-out and we say it’s time to crossbody with confidence.

The other advantage: pockets nearly always look better with nothing in them. All those coffee shop loyalty cards, the keys to your car/house/bike/Dad’s shed, the mints, the protein bar… all of it held safely where you can see it, leaving the line of your jeans as the manufacturer intended. Strap in now and wait for the sun to come out and remember…not a murse.  

Nordace Duncan Daily Sling Bag, £39 (sale price)

These are great value from a company with thoughtful design top of its agenda.


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Sandqvist Ludvig Across Body Bag, £44.99

Scandi minimal beautifully done here. Very reasonable price. 

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Nike Tech Cross-Body Bag, £19.95

You could (probably) shoot hoops and keep your extra-strong mints intact with this one. 

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Off-White Cross Body Bag, £415

OK, not a bargain but this will let people know you value style. 

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Acne Studios Arvel Face Ripstop, £90

Not practical but will look amazing in a box fresh trainers way. 

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APC X Carhartt Nylon Cross-Body Bag, £145

Neat, noticeable and two cool brands crammed into one tiny object. 

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Herschel Supply Company Sinclair Small, £30 

Practical and very good looking; a value bag.

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Coach Academy Crossbody in Signature Canvas with patch, £147

Wear a piece of luxury. This is very slightly showy but doesn’t overdo itself.

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