Pictured (clockwise from left): Cross-body bags by Rebecca Minkoff, Alexander Wang, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Botkier.
I’ve long seen messenger bags as a purely functional means to lug around a lot of stuff (my beat-up canvas cross-body bag stands as proof). But with messenger bags shrinking in size and growing in style, they’re becoming less utilitarian-looking and more like a hands-free version of the classic handbag.
A black leather 3.1 Phillip Lim bag makes the traditional satchel easier to handle, while a Rebecca Minkoff bag, with a long chain strap, is a relaxed version of a ladylike shoulder bag. Alexander Wang revisits the structured shoulder bag as well, adding a forward silhouette and rose gold hardware, while a bright, snake-print Botkier bag will give your favorite clutch a break on a night out.