Loving Top Handle Cross Body Bags

Before I was a crossbody kind of gal, I was all about the satchels.  In my opinion, top handle bags look so classy.  Both when they are on a table, standing alone and when worn on the crook of your arm or in your hand.

But then came life and I was traveling for work internationally where I couldn’t be bothered with having to worry about if I could carry it plus my suitcases and my work bag and I could keep things safely close to my body .  While traveling, I started downsizing the amount of things I brought in my bag and the cross body bags I liked were smaller than the satchels I used to carry.

But now, my two main bag preferences are colliding and I’m loving it!

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The bag that started it all is the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis in Empreinte Noir.  The Pochette Metis in the regular Monogram Canvas has been popular for a few years, but it wasn’t until they released it in their Empreinte leather that I really became interested.
I love its more rectangular shape, subtle top handle, roominess, flash of the hardware clasp.

These bags now have the convenience and the classy looks of both the crossbody bag and a top handle bag. Crossbody – you can fling it over your shoulder, or have it more secure across your body. Top Handle – you can just grab the handles and go, which is great when you’re getting out of the car, or leaving a restaurant. I also think the top handle can elevate a more casual cross body to a more lady like or structured look of a satchel, while keeping its convenient size.

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The Rebecca Minkoff Hudson Moto Mini is a great example a crossbody + top handle.  This style is originally a cross body bag but a little top handle gives it a little extra oomph, polish and convenience.  I love that it has their signature hardware but in this case its just decorative and stays closed with a standard snap closure.

The Loeffler Randal Mini Rider definitely takes inspiration from a more structured menswear wardrobe but in its mini size it easily crosses over to more feminine outfits and the pale pink color is gorgeous for spring/summer.  The Loeffler Randal Mini Rider and its big brother, Rider, are probably the most similar to the Louis Vuitton Pochette Metis in the hardware and subtle top handle style.

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1. Saint Laurent Medium Monogram College  // 2. Flynn Bertie Cross Body //
3. Rebecca Minkoff Chevron Love // 4. Henri Bendel Mini Satchel (on sale!)//
5. Gucci Mini Sylvie // 6. Chanel Flap Bag with Top Handle //
7. Furla Metropolis Small Satchel // 8. Kate Spade Small Madeline

Thanks for stopping by!
Let me know your favorite or favorite style of everyday handbags or if you have any recommendations for me!