Some might say a cross-body bag is the ultimate bag for Midulthood. To be a Midult is to be a juggler, perpetually trying not to drop all dem balls you perpetually have hovering in mid-air. Who, quite frankly, has the time, the inclination or the free digits to be grasping a handbag within their sweaty, careworn palms? With a cross-body bag, you can go hands-free. Hey presto: now you can send a text/ally the lipstick/take the meds/drink Prosecco, all at the same time. The only drawback to the cross-body bag is what to do with your breasts. If they are especially generous, you may not like the way the strap nestles between them. Possibly, you might lose the strap. Don’t be put off. This trend can still work for you: simply limit your cross-body bag usage to those times when you’re wearing a coat. There’s nothing more on-trend (shudder) this season than a cross-body bag strapped across an oversized coat. Colour-wise, take your pick. Black may be most practical, but don’t rule out brown, a hue that lends itself particularly well to this laid-back, utilitarian style. Or go crazy with a colour pop (shudder) of red or pink. Just use those free hands wisely.
Inspired by British countryside pursuits, Mulberry’s Amberley in Oak is a future classic
Mulberry, Small Amberley Satchel, £595
A great mid-priced leather satchel from Theory, in a pleasing cherry red
Theory, Perry Leather Shoulder Bag, £305