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How to wear a sustainable crossbody bag for any occasion.

While fashion trends are constantly shifting and evolving, some styles remain undeniable classics. Enter the crossbody bag.

Marked by a long shoulder strap that rests across your body, the crossbody bag has long been lauded as the ultimate does-it-all accessory. Whether you’re headed to a picnic with friends or a business-casual work event, the crossbody bag serves up sophistication that’s as practical as it is polished.


The crossbody bag has proven to be so functional that nearly every bag style has been reimagined to feature its signature long shoulder strap. From bucket bags to saddle bags, there’s no shortage of crossbody styles to choose from. 


The crossbody bag is designed to make carrying your belongings a hands-free endeavor. So while your wallet, keys, phone and other must-haves hang safely across your body, you can make effortless moves wherever you go. Whether you’re figuring out the best way to wear a crossbody bag or in need of some style inspiration, we have a few tips for you. 


 

What is a crossbody bag?

A crossbody bag is any style of bag featuring a long strap that comfortably runs from the shoulder to the opposite hip. Originally designed for soldiers, fishermen and lumberjacks to store their tools while on the job, the modern crossbody bag is a chic, hands-free take on Industrial Revolution era utility bags. 

Crossbody bags come in an assortment of shapes, sizes, and styles, including:


Why buy a sustainable crossbody bag?

A sustainable crossbody bag is one that not only makes an impact on any outfit—but also the environment. 

The fashion industry is among the leading consumers of the planet’s resources and one of the largest contributors of waste around the globe. As reported by the World Resources Institute, the current amount of clothing wasted would be enough to fill 1.5 Empire State Buildings each day. At Rothy’s, we aim to be part of the solution, not the problem. We’re committed to transforming recycled materials into sustainable bags and shoes, bringing us one step closer toward a zero-waste future. 

What sets a sustainable crossbody bag apart from the crowd? Our bags are knit with a blend of our signature thread spun from plastic bottles and marine plastic sourced from coastal environments. To date, we’ve transformed nearly 100 million plastic bottles into durable, washable bags and shoes—and we’re just getting started. 

Things to consider when buying a sustainable crossbody bag.

While there’s no shortage of options out there, a do-it-all bag that’s kind to the planet and your closet is a no brainer. To help you on your search for the perfect sustainable crossbody, we’ve come up with four categories to consider. 

Size

Crossbody bags come in a variety of sizes—from mini crossbodies that offer enough space for your phone, lip balm and other essentials, to tote-style crossbodies that can fit a laptop and notebook. Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a crossbody out there that fits your needs.


If you’re searching for an everyday bag that you can take shopping, sightseeing or on a walk around town, a mini or small-sized crossbody is the perfect pick. Rothy’s Saddle Bag or Mini Handbag are the ultimate chic choices, featuring straps that you can adjust for maximum comfort. 


If you need a larger crossbody bag that transitions effortlessly from day to night, Rothy’s Handbag is your go-to staple. With a top handle and adjustable, removable shoulder strap, this versatile style is your all-in-one answer.

Material

Finding a carry-all companion requires a closer look at material—durability, texture, functionality and sustainability are all important to think about when looking for elevated and casual crossbody bags.  

Our crossbody bags are knit with 100% recycled materials that bring texture, color and dependability to your wardrobe. Plus, our unique blend of signature thread and marine plastic result in durable staples that are fully machine washable—so you can pop them in the machine whenever you need a quick refresh. 

Color

There’s no limit to the kinds of colors you can choose for your crossbody bag—it just depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re searching for something that goes with everything, picking a versatile, neutral color like black, cream or gray makes your bag easy to match with any outfit. 


If you’re looking for a crossbody bag that makes more of a statement, a red, vibrant blue or multi-colored purse will add that extra pop of bright. Whatever you choose, select a color that matches your personality, and you’re sure to have a go-to piece that works year round. 

Detail

It’s all in the details. Hidden pockets, an adjustable strap, and smart finishing touches can elevate a simple crossbody bag to a wardrobe essential. 

From savvy storage pockets and zipper compartments to warm gold hardware finishes, our collection is crafted with style, purpose and ease in mind. 

How to wear a crossbody bag.

Like any accessory, there are multiple ways to sport a crossbody bag. There’s the standard placement that slings across the body from the shoulder to the hip—or the side-shoulder look that drapes along the contours of one shoulder and hangs by your side. 


Position the bag in front or behind you to switch up the traditional hip-hugging look. Or if your crossbody bag also doubles as a belt bag, tighten the strap to fit snug around your waist to create a signature look. There’s no one way to wear a crossbody bag, and that’s the beauty of it. So go ahead and up your crossbody game with these placement positions.

What to wear with crossbody bags.

Crossbody bags can really be worn however you like, but to get you started, we have a few ideas on what to pair with your crossbody bag:

  • Paired with your favorite casual tee and high-waisted jeans.
  • With a romantic and flowy dress and a pair of strappy sandals or mules.
  • Slung over a business casual blouse and wide leg trousers.

How to style a crossbody bag for every occasion. 

Whether you’re stepping out for a romantic date or going on a weekend getaway, a crossbody bag is an effortless choice. Not sure where to get started? Check out these five looks for some style inspiration. 

The professional look.

The vibe: The face of the modern workplace is constantly changing, but if there’s one thing that remains true, it’s that business casual is a classic. Whether you’re headed to a job interview or simply wanting to look sharp for the work day, business casual is all about looking presentable and professional. Fortunately, a crossbody makes looking polished that much easier. 

The outfit: A simple white or blush short sleeve top tucked into a pair of black pixie slacks pairs perfectly with animal print flats. Add an extra bit of polish by finishing the look with a black boyfriend blazer.

The crossbody bag: The Handbag in Midnight Navy

The jetsetter look.

The vibe: When you’re on the road, packing properly is a key part of your plan. Beyond your luggage, having a trusty, spacious crossbody that safely houses all of your travel essentials is a must for adventures and sightseeing.

The outfit: High-waisted jeans paired with a tan duster coat is a timeless choice. Finish the look  with some travel-friendly slip-on sneakers or Chelsea boots.

The crossbody bag: The Bucket Bag in Ink & Ivory

The date night look.

The vibe: Date night is the perfect reason to get a little dressed up. Feel and look your best with an ensemble that speaks for itself.

The outfit: A black jumpsuit looks dashing with a pair of adorable Mary Jane flats. Tie it all together with a gold layered necklace and simple earrings. 

The crossbody bag: The Saddle Bag in Total Black

The casual Friday look.

The vibe: The casual Friday look is best characterized by wardrobe accents that are as comfortable as they are classy. Whether your dressed-down look makes an appearance virtually or at a local smoothie shop, your outfit should be equally functional and fashionable.

The outfit: Dark wash cigarette jeans with a white square neck cami pairs beautifully with a matching dark wash denim jacket and a pair of red flats.

The crossbody bag: The Belt Bag in Biscotti Brown

The brunch look.

The vibe: Weekends are better with brunch. Whether you’re hosting brunch at home with your family or trying out a new outdoor eatery with your favorite ladies, your outfit should be easy and effortless.

The outfit: A white square neck top tucked into a navy midi slip skirt looks breezy and beautiful paired with sand knotted sandals. Add a hint of glamor with a pair of gold huggie earrings and matching bracelets.

The crossbody bag: The Mini Handbag in Candy Apple


With these style starters, you’ll be able to master the art of how to wear a crossbody bag in no time. 

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