7 best crossbody bags from M&S, River Island, New Look and more for every budget and occasion

By Staff

The best crossbody bags are a wardrobe staple that can be worn day and night – our edit of must-have include a £35 M&S designer-inspired buy as well as chic raffia styles

When it comes to everyday fashion, it’s hard to beat a crossbody bag. The timeless accessory means you can go hands-free and the small but mighty designs are often able to hold tons of essentials without having to carry a bulky bag around.

The best crossbody bags sit diagonally across your body thanks to the long strap and if you choose the right design they can really elevate your outfit as well as being a practical pick. Our edit includes bestselling buys – Uniqlo’s must-have bag we’re looking at you – as well as trendy raffia designs and pretty pastel hues.

Starting from £25, these crossbody bags are comfortable and as roomy as your go-to tote, plus they’re perfect for all occasions, whether you’re walking the dog, going to a festival or heading to work.

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Best crossbody bags 2024

1. Marks and Spencer Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Elegant and understated, it’s no surprise that this M&S crossbody bag is a bestseller, earning over 400 glowing reviews on their website.. It comes in black, tan and a textured stone style, with many people saying it looks similar to a Celine handbag, but for thousands cheaper.

Buy it now (£35)

2. Uniqlo Round Mini Crotchet Bag

The world went wild for Uniqlo’s ‘Tardis’ crossbody bags and while they have a number of different colours to choose from, it’s their latest crotchet launch that we can’t get enough of. Described as “lightweight” and “roomy”, it is able to fit way more than you would expect and the beachy finish is bang on trend.

Buy it now (£24.90)

3. New Look Stone Canvas Contrast Crossbody Bag

Part of fashion influencer Georgina Lennon’s edit with New Look, if you want a crossbody bag that can also be worn as a shoulder bag, this could be just the ticket. The chic monochrome design is finished with gold hardware, however, we would be careful with it for using everyday as the cream fabric can easily mark.

Buy it now (£24.99)

4. Coach Wyn Leather Crossbody Bag

Designer brand Coach have blown up in popularity and you can shop a few of their handbags at John Lewis, including the Wyn leather crossbody. There are four shades to pick from, lilac, moss, black and cream, all featuring the signature Coach buckle. You can also shop discounted Coach handbags at their outlet sale here.

Buy it now (£250)

5. River Island Weave Bucket Crossbody Bag

Hailed as an alternative to Marc Jacobs £350 crossbody bag, this River Island option has a chic and sleek design that makes it look far more expensive than the £38 price tag. Available in brown, orange or navy, it’s ideal for throwing across your body and has a proper fastening for added security.

Buy it now (£38)

6. Aspinal Raffia Camera Bag

Aspinal of London is an accessory brand favourite of Kate Middleton, who has been spotted wearing the Mayfair Tote. If you’re a fan of their iconic camera bags, they’ve reimagined them for the warmer months with a raffia makeover. The natural raffia and smooth tan encapsulates an effortlessly cool summer aesthetic, that could easily be worn at home or taken on holiday.

Buy it now (£350)

7. Fiorelli Beau Crossbody Bag

Priced at under £50, if pretty pastel hues are your vibe, you’re bound to love the Beau crossbody bag. With internal pockets and a secure zip fastening, it’ll keep all your belongings safe while on-the-go and as it one on the smaller side, it can be discreetly worn without adding bulk to your outfit. Choose from a cloudy blue, soft green, lavender lilac or bubblegum pink.

Buy it now (£49)

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