Cross-body Bags
four students wearing messenger bags on campus

This fall, cross-body messenger bags aren't only for the campus-bound.

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"Utilitarian chic" is a phrase that's been popping up in all the fashion mags this fall. So forget bejeweled totes and leopard clutches (for a second) and think sturdy, cross-body messenger bags.

If you're tired of teetering around in sky-high stilettos and cramming all of your belongings into a tiny purse, the "urban warrior" look (to borrow another phrase) is for you. Oh, the excitement -- for once, you can be fashionable and functional at the same time!