Trend watch: Cross-body bags for women

Whether you’re schlepping your stuff to a summer concert or to work on the El, a hands-free carryall is your go-to bag this season.

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Forever 21 faux-leather buckle-strap camera bag, $20, at Forever 21
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
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Photograph: Jessica LinMossimo Supply Co. macram� cross-body bag, $27, at Target
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
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Photograph: Jessica LinBig Buddha Laila woven purse, $52, at lulus.com
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Foley + Corinna Cache Day bag, $195, at Bloomingdale�s
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Melie Bianco Nita neon chevron cross-body bag, $87, at meliebianco.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairDarling Ashley satchel, $79, at darlingclothes.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairAmerican Eagle Outfitters studded shoulder bag, $35, at American Eagle Outfitters
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairStreet Level real cork convertible cross-body bag, $48, at cameonouveau.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairFree People engraved metal jewel cross-body, $68, at Free People
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Kooba Layla leopard-print bag, $228, at kooba.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairShopLately Cutting Edge clutch with removable strap, $48, at shoplately.com
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Forever 21 striped buckled cross-body, $25, at Forever 21
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
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Photograph: Jessica LinMossimo Supply Co. black-denim messenger bag, $25, at Target
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Hayden-Harnett Voyager cross-body, $98, at haydenharnett.com
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Betsey Johnson XBody lace bag, $78, at betseyjohnson.com
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Melie Bianco Dana mini faux-ostrich cross-body with bow, $56, at meliebianco.com
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Chicnova neon messenger bag, $102, at chicnova.com
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Photograph: Tony Long/ Tweek Imaging LLCLeSportsac Boombox bag, $42, at LeSportsac
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairHearts Unbroken fold-over clutch with detachable strap, $108, at hearts.com
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
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Photograph: Jessica LinBillabong cross-body bag, $40, at lulus.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairFree People Bondi distressed denim cross-body bag with suede fringe, $58, at freepeople.com
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Kimchi Blue dotted tri-gusset cross-body clutch, $34, at Urban Outfitters
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Marc by Marc Jacobs Box in a Box, $258, at piperlime.com
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Kooba Miah Sky bag, $258, at kooba.com
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Forever 21 striped flap handbag, $15, at Forever 21
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
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Photograph: Jessica LinMerona Diamond mini cross-body bag, $18, at Target
 (Photograph: Jessica Lin)
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Photograph: Jessica LinKipling Louiza bag, $79, at kipling-usa.com
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Betsey Johnson Mine and Yours XBody heart-shaped bag, $68, at macys.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairDarling Leah lace handbag, $88, at darlingclothes.com
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairShopLately Go Girl spiked vegan-leather cross-body bag, $39, at shoplately.com
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Melie Bianco Jill mini patent cross-body, $70, at meliebianco.com

Cross-body bags are an ideal accessory for hands-free spring shopping, dancing at summer concerts or checking out the latest outdoor art. Ladies can choose from boho fringed bags from American Eagle Outfitters, floral-print versions from Foley + Corinna or styles that convert into clutches from Urban Outfitters—with most options clocking in at less than $100.

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