How To: Choose A Flattering Crossbody Bag

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Andrew Marc jacket, Anthropologie top (50% off!), BDG jeans, Steve Madden boots, Crossbody from Italy (similar below)

Over the last few weeks, I have received quite a few requests to do a post about crossbody bags. How I shop for them, how I wear them, and what I look for in the perfect bag. In my personal collection, the one that I use the most is a buttery leather black bag from a trip to Italy a few years back. It is the perfect size and has served me so well over the years. Here are the key components I looked for when shopping for the ideal crossbody bag:

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1). I always look for unstructured crossbody bags. The weight on the side of your hip looks better when the bag drapes around the body, versus adding bulk with structure

2). Size is key. A medium size bag is ideal. On someone of my size (for reference i’m 5’6), a super petite bag will look out of place. However a huge duffle is impractical. A medium size and shape holds everything I need without being the focal point of the outfit.

3). Play with placement. I always opt for bags that have adjustable straps. That way I can play with the length and have it sit just perfectly on my body. For me, this is square on my hip. I find that any higher and I look short, and any lower the bag pulls me down and looks sloppy

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Here are a few crossbody options in the general size range and structure I was speaking about. Any would be amazing, basic additions to a wardrobe:

Dolce Vita Isla Booties + Amanda Uprichard Peplum

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Amanda Uprichard top via Revolve Clothing, James Jeans, Dolce Vita “Isla” booties (Currently sold out, but very similar option HERE and below), Ray Ban sunglasses

Clearly i’m having a peplum moment. I just can’t get over how wonderful they look paired with nearly everything. Over dresses, with skirts, or basic jeans and booties for a night out. This one from Amanda Uprichard is so gorgeous and stretches to fit most shapes. The seaming down the front along with the zipper create a gorgeous shape, and the short length gives it a bit of a different feel without feeling too girly.

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And of course I had to add on my little elephant friend for a bit of flare!

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Also, you NEED these booties, or something like it. A comfortable 2.5 inch heel and low profile make these so incredibly flattering to wear with nearly anything. I scored mine on sale at Anthropologie and can’t for the life of me find them anywhere else. They are by Dolce Vita and are called the “Isla” bootie if you want to try and find them, but otherwise I sourced a few similar options below.

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Pictures by Luci

Blaque Label Lace Peplum

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Blaque Label top, H&M skirt, SPANX tights, DUO boots

I ordered this top off of Revolve Clothing on a whim. I have had a need recently for more evening appropriate clothing, and this top at 50% off fit the bill. It has a ton of weight to it, and the peplum length is absolutely divine. Coupled with a black tank and all black skirt/tight combo, I love this ensemble for a sexy night out.

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I bought this skirt from H&M almost 2 years ago for $5 and it has held up surprisingly well. It is one of their basics and is a great addition to any closet. See my full review on this item from years ago HERE.

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A million thanks to blogging best Luci for these photos.

A Crop Top and High Rise Jeans

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Forever 21 crop top (similar), BDG jeans, Converse sneakers, Prada sunglasses

I’ve styled this crop top with a high-waisted skirt, but never was daring enough to do it with jeans. There is something about your stomach being out in the open, with no covering over the jeans and that freaks me out. But, I received a request to show how I would style a crop top with jeans, so I thought I would share my way of making the trend comfortable for a pearshape.

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What made this outfit particularly comfortable for me was the jean choice. These high-rise BDG jeans are bar-none my favorite jeans in my closet. They have the perfect rise, stretch and make me feel thin and amazing every time I put them on. I opted for my Forever 21 crop top as it has a button down (more flattering on the neckline) and ties that hang down in front.

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At the last second, I tied this striped pull-over sweater around my waist for extra coverage. You could totally omit this item if you are more bold, but I found it to give a cool, hipster vibe to the outfit as well.

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