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5 Hip Crossbody Bags and How to Wear Them

It's all about being that cool girl with free hands.

There is something about summer that makes us want to have the least amount of stuff on our person, and that includes what we're carrying. Most handbags feel too cumbersome, whether they're totes, clutches, duffles or shoulder bags. Hands-free just feels like the way to be.

Backpacks are one option, but those aren't for everyone and can come with their own anxieties (am I the only one who worries someone will steal stuff from behind without me noticing?). And while a few fanny packs are hitting the market lately, I'm not sure the general public is quite ready for that.

So, that brings us to small crossbody bags, which seem to be everywhere lately, and have become a bit of an "It" girl staple. We rarely see ladies like Harley Viera-Newton, Alexa Chung and Hannah Bronfman without one. Who wants to deal with holding a thing when you're so busy being cool? And best of all, they're ideal for all kinds of situations (even for us normals), from hitting the club, to weekend strolls, to music festivals. So, read on for some of our faves and some ideas for how to style them in your day to day life.

Above: The Row multi-pouch, $1,090, available at La Garconne; MSGM dress, $284 (on sale), available at The Corner; Suspension Pearl Drop earrings, $26, available at Bauble Bar; High heel with diamante, $49.99 (on sale), available at Zara.

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Above: Saint Laurent toy duffle, $1,290, available at Barneys; Top with belt, $35.99 (on sale), available at Zara; Acne Skin 5 jeans, $200, available at Steven Alan; Glacial Mule Sandals, $110, available at Topshop; Triangle earrings with small opals, $304, available at Wwake.

Above: A.L.C. Paloma Cross Body Bag, $595, available at Shopbop; Dress with Chain Collar, $29.99 (on sale), available at Zara; Monterey Ring, $85.10, available at Stella & Bow; Shoe Cult Delphone Heel, $98, available at Nasty Gal.

Above: Loeffler Randall Mini Agenda, $325, available at Shopbop; Pleated openwork skirt, $198, available at Madewell; Cropped Surf Sweatshirt, $98, available at J.Crew; Pajama Sandal, $225, available at Trademark; Textured Summer straw hat, $24.99 (on sale), available at J.Crew.

Above: Clare Vivier Jane Mini Crossbody, $175, available at Les Nouvelles; Talula Kasai Overalls, $65, available at Aritzia; Broken Pocket Tank $68, available at Steven Alan; Birkenstock X UO Brasil Quarter-Strap Sandal, $90, available at Urban Outfitters.

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