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Functional Style with a Crossbody Bag

Your handbag is one of your most important fashion accessories, but one which also serves a functional purpose. A crossbody bag is extremely practical as its strap allows you to wear it against your body leaving your hands free. This bag is the ideal travel accessory. Not only is it roomy enough to hold your travel essentials, but its position makes it more difficult for someone to rob you. Available in a wide range of styles and colours, eBay has the right crossbody bag for you - whatever the purpose and whatever your budget.

What factors should you consider before buying a crossbody bag?

Apart from your price range, think about the following:

  • Manufacturer: Choose between branded and non-branded bags, new and used (including vintage models).
  • Material: Among the wide range on eBay, there are bags made of leather, suede, canvas, faux leather, and synthetic blends.
  • Colour: Think about which outfits you'll accessorise your bag with, and select colours from neutral (like black) to more colourful shades, some with extra trim.
  • Size/shape: Apart from its width/length, crossbody bags are available in different shapes from rectangular to crescent-shaped (hobo).
  • Straps: Consider the function of the bag and whether you need grab handles as well as the long strap (which could be adjustable and/or detachable).
  • Fastener: Zip top, popper, clasp, or buckle are all possible ways to close the bag.
  • Additional features: Some models might also incorporate features, such as pockets (inside and/or outside) and inner compartments.
How can you choose the right strap length for your crossbody bag?

Many crossbody bags have an adjustable strap. If there is no strap, you should calculate the drop of a bag you already possess to find which length is both convenient and comfortable. To do so, you can measure from the top of the bag to mid-way along its strap (where it fits on your shoulder). Alternatively, you could calculate how long the strap needs to be by measuring from your shoulder to your waist on the opposite side of your body where it should rest comfortably.

What is the right size/shape of crossbody bag for you?

The right size and shape of the bag is a question of personal taste, but height and body shape also play a role. Generally, short/petite women can appear taller and slimmer with a smaller-sized bag while tall/slim women can carry off midsize and larger bags. The shape of the bag - whether rectangular or curved - should be the opposite of your body shape.

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