With our lifestyles being very different these days, many women are opting to carry a practical hands-free bag in place of a traditional larger handbag. Whether it be a sling bag, backpack, belt bag or crossbody, there is a fashionable bag to suit your needs. Many new styles do “double duty” and can be worn multiple ways, depending on your mood or where your day takes you. Offered in soft pastels for spring, year-round metallics with a bit of bling, or with studded or chain details, these easy-to-wear bags feel fresh and fun.

Dagne Dover’s expanded line of lightweight neoprene and coated canvas bags come in lots of fun colors and patterns and are also water resistant, ideal for outdoor activities. Quilted nylon bags from Think Royln and MZ Wallace add both color and texture to your outfit and are easy to wipe clean. When you want to add some edge to your look, Free People has you covered in beautiful leather bags with modern details like chains and studs. With so many terrific options, you may be tempted to buy more than one. Practical tip – I keep a drawer full of mine in the mudroom (I even have one in my glove compartment) so I can just grab-and-go. Happy browsing!


Sling and Crossbody Bags

From Dagne Dover, this extremely light water-resistant neoprene crossbody bag has room for all your essentials. In six colors. Dagne Dover is donating a portion of their profits to several charities, and allows purchaser to select a charity at checkout. How great is that?

Micah Crossbody $95

Shoulder the load with an of-the-moment suede sling bag. Free People Collection bags are coveted for their signature vintage aesthetic. In six colors.

Hudson Sling Bag $78

Minimalist and highly practical. This bag can be worn over your shoulder or across your body and conceals easily under layered clothing. Clip the strap vertically or horizontally. From Lululemon and also in black.

The Rest Is Written Crossbody $58

Convertible Crossbody to Belt Bag

Just the right size to keep your daily essentials and even a water bottle, this so-convenient bag from Free People has a phone compartment and a front elastic pouch for small items, perfect for hands-free traveling. Converts to a waist pack.

Drip Crossbody Bottle Bag $50

Whether worn as a crossbody or as a belt bag, this versatile quilted silhouette from Think Royln keeps your essentials close by with hands-free style. Also in lavender, berry, and silver.

Quilted Convertible Bag $78

This slightly edgy and super flattering belt bag from Think Royln keeps your hands free while you’re running errands or walking the city streets. It also converts to a crossbody, so you can wear it your way any day of the week. In faded denim and two animal prints.

Convertible Nylon Belt Bag $138


Wear It or Carry It Bags

Sling it over your shoulder or carry it crossbody, this leather bag is featured in a slouchy, half-moon style with draped chain details.

Chancellor Leather Sling $88


Lightweight quilted nylon comprises a compact but roomy and rugged bag from MZ Wallace with double handles and an optional crossbody strap.

Micro Sutton Bag $185

Perfect for quick day trips and nights out, the Epic coated canvas crossbody bag from Dagne Dover keeps your essentials safe and sound. With double straps giving you a choice to wear it or carry it. Select colors on sale.

Epic Crossbody $109


This studded leather backpack from Free People is available in six colors, including several neutrals. It can be carried on your arm as well. Gorgeous in teal.

Ellie Leather Studded Backpack $178

From Dagne Dover, this neoprene small backpack is great for everyday necessities and weekend wandering. In 9 colors including this fabulous plaid which is on sale right now.

Dakota Neoprene Backpack $109

In army green, highlight yellow and cadet blue, this city adventurer backpack mini from Lululemon will brighten up any outfit. Final Sale, but other colors at full price too.

Backpack Mini $69

Belt Bags

Store your cash, keys and other small essentials while on the go in this trendy belt bag that’s always within reach. The chain belt adds a touch of shine, while the adjustable strap allows you sling the bag across your chest or waist. Also in cognac and silver metallic.

Riley Chain Belt Bag $78


A trend-savvy nylon belt bag is perfectly sized to hold your smartphone, keys and other smaller essentials at your waist or over your shoulder. From MZ Wallace.

Large Metro Belt Bag $175

From LuluLemon, this new belt bag lets you keep what you need within arms reach for days on the go. Also in pink.

Take It On Belt Bag $38

This water-resistant neoprene belt bag from Dagne Dover has an adjustable strap, so you can decide how high or low your wearing style wants to go. The front and main pockets are perfect for everyday must-carry items, and there are two sneaky pockets too. In 5 colors.

Ace Fanny Pack $85


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