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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patricia on

Ok, that bag is horrible. I’m sorry but I agree with many fashion designers who state that celebrities are wearing bags that are too oversized and sloppy! Why does Jessica Simpson or Ashley Olsen (for example) think that a purse is “hot” and looks attractive when it’s almost as big as they are! These girls are maybe 5’2″ tall and they weight about 100 lbs. – don’t oversize accessories when you are so tiny! Fashion is about good taste and balance – not about wearing the latest designer accessories that don’t fit your body type! You’d think that a stylist would inform them – but, maybe they will have to learn by mistake. In a few years they will see pictures of themselves in these sloppy outfits and accessories and just laugh!

patricia on

Ok, why do celebs feel the urge to wear accessories that are too oversized – Jessica Simpson is 5’2″ tall and probably weighs about 100 lbs. – the bag looks ridiculous and very sloppy! Celebrities, get a grip, fashion isn’t about the latest trend but about wearing styles that fit well and balance out your proportions.

Jenna on

Whats Wrong w/ that bag? OMG Patricia, theres nothing wrong w/ it. Its a cool bag!!

AM on

I love it!

charmed on

ohh SHUT UP patricia ur jelouse jessica looks better then u dont hate appreciate thet bag is so cute u just can affored a bag like that and u can have a bag like that . if you dont like ur save dont take ur anger on jessica she is great !!!!!!!! GO JESSICA!!!!!

alia on

I love that bag!…It’s very cute…
…but I’ve had a side-slung bag for 2 years already—I carry my books in it (for college) and it works very well—much easier than carrying a huge bookbag on your back….

AnnieJ on

This is not a good look.

Melissa on

I think that bag is very cute. I love it.

Chloe on

I think that this particular bag is decent. If you go to some of the other sites posted though, I think that some of your opinions against it may definately change.

Mary on

charmed, you sound like a very angry (and immature) person. Maybe you shouldn’t take out your anger on someone just because they bashed your “idol”. Not everyone is a fan of Jessica Simpson.

Anyhow, big bags are pretty handy, they hold all the stuff I need when I’m commuting to work, including my laptop. I do have to agree that some celebs are carrying bags that are just way too big, though.

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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