The Go-Everywhere Piece:
The Messenger Bag

The utility of a cross-body bag can’t be denied, and this messenger style by Bottega Veneta pretty much checks all the boxes: There’s a small interior zip pocket, the strap is adjustable, and we love the idea of treating red as a neutral this spring. Here, four ways to go hands-free, whatever is on your agenda.

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve got your iPad, laptop, passport, travel-sized beauty products, and, oh yeah, the latest issue of The New Yorker in your travel bag. Here, fill your cross-body bag with just the essentials and toss it inside a larger tote to help keep you sane. A wool wrap-coat will add an extra layer of warmth on the over air conditioned flight, and the ease of denim slides will help make the security line a bit smoother.


The cross-body comes in handy for a girl who appreciates the simplicity and weekday-to-weekend possibilities. Here, the pop of red elevates an otherwise muted palette, while the bag’s delicate, woven detail compliments the ankle-tie wedge sandals.


For the workday you want something polished and professional with just a little bit of fun thrown in. Matching the shade of your cross-body to your ankle booties will do just that. Keep your other accessories simple with just one chain-link bracelet.


Consider this a fail-proof off-duty combo: a graphic Stella McCartney tee, a track pant, a two-tone slip-on sneaker, plus a light trench. The messenger bag ensures you’ll be fuss-free whether you’re running errands or simply strolling around town.