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Chantal's Red Envelope Bag

Sometimes a crossbody, sometimes a clutch.
J.Crew Bennett crossbody bag, $138, available at J.Crew.

J.Crew Bennett crossbody bag, $138, available at J.Crew.

Slimness is really important in a crossbody bag. Otherwise it bounces off your hip too much, OR you end up wearing it in front of your body like a tourist. I've been looking for a small day bag for fall because the style I usually use has a chain strap, which is often painful against my collarbones and cannot be adjusted for length. I've put up with that nonsense for way too long. 

J.Crew always delivers when it comes to simple and well-designed bags. For fall it's offering this envelope style, which has everything I'm looking for: a compact size that's still roomy enough to fit all my walking-around-town essentials, a structured base so it can stand up by itself and a soft leather strap that's adjustable. There's also an added bonus I wasn't looking for: If I get tired of being hands free, the strap is removable. Envelope crossbody becomes envelope clutch. Did I mention it's only $138?

J.Crew Bennett crossbody bag in scarlet navy, $138, available at J.Crew.

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