Trend Worth Trying: Side-Slung Bags

08/13/2007 at 06:00 AM ET

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All those heavy shoulder bags that we’ve been lugging around have definitely done some damage to our backs! The side-slung bag is not only more comfortable than lugging around a heavy tote, but you still have easy access to everything inside of it. And they are a lot more grown-up than the messenger bags of the past — even stars like Jessica Simpson, Penelope Cruz and Cameron Diaz have been making the switch over. Why shouldn’t you? Here are some of our favorites at every budget:

Splurge
Rachel Nasvik’s stylish “Cassidy” messenger Bag, $495; at ravinstyle.com

Hayden-Harnett equestrian style crossbody bag, $325; at haydenharnett.com

Investment
Tano’s adjustable front pocket bag, $124 at efashionhouse.com

Liz Claiborne’s roomy messenger bag, $79; at zappos.com

Steal
CL by Laundry oversized “Frenzy” bag, $42; at lulusfashionlounge.com

Suey Boutique colorful, python-printed bag, $38; at shopsueyboutique.com

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Helen Johnson on

I also like Tano bags – don’t have that bag – but have bought 3 others from efahsionhouse and I luv them all. They are quite the thing here in Nebraska. Only way to get them however, is off the internet site. I don’t care what the “stars” are doing with them!

Clemence on

Oui Oui! J’adore side slung bags! Not the one she’s wearing though….

jessica b on

I think Jessica looks fantastic here – very natural and girl-next-door. This is what guys find attractive – not plastered-on makeup, puffy lips, and fake-looking extensions. I hope she keeps it up…and yeah, the bag is cool.

Juli on

side slung bags can be sporty if carry the right way. I am not a fan of jessica but i think it looks cool on her. better a big bag like that as an accesory than a wig from britney spears!

pammie on

I think its great for college or school ,like for laptops.But I sort of agree about matching your body size and weight to your style.

Mz.C on

love them

courtney on

i love the large bag trend
but that is way too big
jeez you could fit like 3 dogs and your kid in there
very unstylish :(

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