I was always a proper handbag girl, a tote or a big handbag was always my thing. I say that in past tense because I’m a convert now. I have been LOVING the cross body handbag trend now all of a sudden. And I see so many new styles, that it is quite exciting. I was looking for summer bags on a budget and also have a mini what’s in my bag ?, for you today. Let’s see what made the cut.
Since it’s only recently that I have gotten into the cross body bag trend, I didn’t want something that was expensive. My budget was limited to 30$ but I was willing to be flexible. And I have to admit, while you do see a lot of bags around the 30$ price point, most of them feel cheap and not sturdy, and sometimes even look unappealing.
My main places to shop were TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Target, ASOS and Topshop. I ordered around 5-6 pieces, but these three are what I have finally decided on.
The trend that I have been really into lately, is embroidered/floral/boxy camera cross body bags. I watch a lot of YouTube, as you do, and I love watching these influencers with their really expensive Bulgari/Gucci/Dolce and Gabbana. A few of the cross body bags that I completely fell in love with are the Dolce and Gabbana medium Sicily handbag with appliqués. It is just such a gorgeous bag, with the studs and floral design.
Another bag that I fell head over heels for was the Gucci Soho bag, it is a boxy shaped bag that is mostly marketed as a camera bag as well, and it is just so classic and beautiful.
I loved these two bags quite a bit, so I started my search for something similar to these bags and luckily, I did find some beautiful pieces that would add some more charm to any look this summer, and the best part ? These are all budget friendly, with the most expensive bag among these three being 44$.
If you are someone who also was eyeing the Gucci Soho, but wanted a price tag more palatable then I present to you, the Kate + Alex Cuffaro Camera Crossbody bag. This is very similar in shape and size but costs like a fraction of the Gucci. It is not leather, but then that is not something I am too concerned about.
I got this in a tan color, because I think that would flatter most summer dresses, and also can be worn for any evening parties. It can fit quite a lot, including my Sony A6000 and it’s lens.
I also picked up an off white cross body, for wearing with darker colored clothes, just to have a bit of a change up in everyday looks. I chose the French Connection Callie Whipstitch Crossbody, it has a beautiful look and can be worn with any kind of color or dress style. The whipstitch looks so very elegant !
But, I saved the best for the last. Since I am currently obsessing over floral bags, I did want a dainty floral bag. Meet the Mossimo Floral Print bag, it is a thing of beauty.
It has a chain strap, which means you can just even wear it as a shoulder bag if you so wish to. It is already my go to bag for most days, as I feel it is the right amount of girly yet chic !
This is also a peek at what I carry in my bag if I don’t take my camera along with me. The bag can carry quite a bit, and I take complete advantage of that. These beauty bits are some of my favorites at the moment. So, which bag did you like ? What bag are you loving at the moment ?