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I'm not a "keys-and-ID and I'm good to go" girl. When I leave the house, I like to have my wallet, keys, a bottle of water, maybe a snack, a magazine or book, at least my digital camera, and preferably my Holga, too. As you can imagine, this makes a larger handbag a necessity. I'm definitely a fan of cross body bags because they are easier on my back, and they leave my hands free for shopping, taking photos, or text messaging. Here are three larger styles that I'm currently loving.

The Mulberry Alexa is a recent design collaboration between British It Girl and former MTV VJ, Alexa Chung and the classic English handbag company, Mulberry. This bag brings classic Mulberry shapes, like the Bayswater bag, and trademark quality together with a more recent, up-to-date look that results in a younger take on a bag that was a classic for a reason. Classic comes with a price, however, and the Alexa comes in around $1500, depending on the material it is made in.

The next bag, the Cambridge Satchel Company Briefcase Bag sold at Urban Outfitters, comes in at a far more affordable $150. To me, the bag looks like something my American Girl doll would have carried, but in a real person size. I'm a sucker for a red handbag, and this hits the perfect mark between preppy must-have and hipster-endorsed uniform staple. It looks like it would be the perfect size to hold all of my essentials, and look good while doing so.

Finally, the most must-have of the mix: the Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag, sold at Barney's New York. Chances are, at nearly $2,000, this bag will never come home with me, but I will sheepishly admit to "visiting" this gorgeous bag at Barney's more than once. The leather that it is crafted from is so soft, and the shape is a classic school bag, but so much cooler. The PS1 has been on the arm or wish list of every fashion It girl since it first came out. I would choose it in basic black, and carry it every day.

Are you a fan of the cross body bag? Which of these three are your favorite?


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