According to my physical therapist, I'm suffering from that common 21st Century women's ailment, baggus too heavius. It's been recommended that when I'm toting my usual load, that I use a cross-body bag to help distribute the weight and keep my posture straight.
Of all my stylish bags, I only have one that can be worn cross-body, a Balenciaga flat messenger I purchased last year in Paris.
While it's a great bag for more casual days, I feel the need for something a notch or two up the dressiness scale that will look appropriate with business casual attire when I return to work in a few weeks.
So a' hunting I went, searching for a chic, feminine and functional cross-body bag. I tried to keep my expectations realistic, as messenger-style bags tend to be inherently more casual (and masculine) than satchels or shoulder bags.Sao Paulo Crossbody.
Both have nice styling and are a good medium size, but are still a bit on the too casual side.
Though I generally am adverse to spending premium dollars for nylon bags, Tod's has a reputation for excellent workmanship and durability. This Nylon Messenger might also be lighter than leather bags as well as good option for a travel bag. It's a simple design without a lot of trendy detailing to look dated in five or ten years so could potentially be a good investment, but in the final tally it's just to blah and utilitarian to win me over.
Various searches for "women's messenger bags," "messenger bags," "cross-body bags" yielded up a lot of sites featuring more briefcase/luggage-esque or college-student-appropriate cloth messenger bags. Oh, and tokidoki and Hello Kitty bags. o_O
Balenciaga still seems to be the crème de la crème when it comes to messenger style bags. This Women's Besace Messenger is tempting (the strap can be adjusted longer to wear cross-body) but it's a bit on the spendy side.
Anyone have any chic-yet-functional-and-won't-eat-too-deeply-into-the-Paris-travel-fund suggestions?