Typical crossover bags
The name Cross over is due to the way it is carried. Typical Cross over bags are belt bags which can be carried with a strap around your shoulder or your body. But also lady bags often have shoulder straps. That is why in many collections these shoulder bags are also called crossover or cross body bags.
Typical crossover bags shoulderbags are
Belt bags are very convenient if you are looking for a small handbag for personal items which you want to carry every day. Belt bags have a bigger section for your wallet, your phone etc and on the front and backside more pockets for tickets and bills.
In former times small bags for keys or a purse were attached to a belt. But a modern belt bag features two parts of the strap which are fixed at each side of the bag. For a leather beltbag the straps may also be made from nylon. The straps must be long enough and adjustable to your size.
Belt bags cannot replace a belt. They are also called belly bags because normally they are worn around the waist.
If you want to carry your belt bag as a crossover you must check wether the length of the strap is sufficient.
Messenger bags normally are carried as cross body whith the strap across your shoulder. The origin of these bags are the cases used by couriers. A messenger bag normally is much bigger than a beltbag. Similar to a laptop bag a messenger bag offers enough space for your notebook and documents. Their inner compartments can be compared with that of a briefcase with enough room for whatever you need for your daily activities.
Tablet bags are slim crossover bags used for notebooks between 10" to 13" and A5 or A4 documents. They also have compartments for your wallet, your phone, pens - all essentials you need. Normally they don’t feature a short handle but they are carried with a strap over your shoulders.
These small leather bags are very convenient because they also fit into a weekender or a bigger business case.
The phone bag is the fastest growing type of modern handbags. This is due to their variety, the constant changes of sizes and the development of fashion. As a lady you may use a phone bag not only because it is functional, but also as a decorative element to your outfit. There are many styles in real leather, but you can also choose between phone bags made from other materials, combinations and colours.
To enhance their fashionable chic many phone bags are decorated with rivets or strass.
Phone bags nowadays often replace a small handbag because they have an additional compartment for a wallet, tickets or other essentials.
As a man you will prefer a phone bag in black or brown which you can carry as cross body with a leather strap.
Women often choose styles which feature small chaines instead of leather straps. The straps may be attached with small doghooks so that they can be removed easily if you want to put your phonebag into a laptop case or a shopper.
In many collections handbags are also called crossover or crossbody bag if they feature a strap with which they can carried on or across your shoulder. Such traditional styles are basically crossover bags. But the "real" crossbody bag looks more like a beltbag which you can wear over your shoulder.
Crossover with additional mini bag
Recently many styles of cross body bags feature a small pocket fixed to the strap. These mini bags are decorative elements which are used for small essentials as keys, a lipstick etc.
Advantages of cross body bags
f you use a cross body bags you can enjoy several advantages.
A cross body bag can be comfortably carried
The main advantage of your cross body bag is the carrying comfort. Worn across the body the weight of the bag is distributed, so you can carry it more comfortably than if you hold the handle of a bag in your hand.
With a ctross body bag your hands are free
If you use a crossover bag your hands remain free so that you can carry another bag or weekender.
The crossbody bag is also your perfect companion if you want to use a bike. On your bike you may shift the cross body to your back.
Walking or biking a crossbody will fit more tightly than a normal shoulder bag.
A cross body bag is safe
A bag carried across your body cannot slip unintentionally. Ladies also appreciate that a cross body cannot be stolen as easily as a bag you hold in your hand.
Crossover and cross body bady are symbol of a modern lifestyle
The characteristics of a cross body bag get lost if you call it a hand or shoulder bag. Throughout all times leather bags were carried by women or men with a strap.
The modern crossbody bag is based on the beltbags, and the important feature is the way it can be carried across your chest or your back. These bags are bought by young people, whereas the traditional style of belt bags or shoulderbags are worn by people of all ages.
For people with an age between 16 and 30 years a crossbody bag is a way to express a casual, sporty lifestyle.
In the collection of corf bags we recommend the styles Mika or Pik in genuine leather which are available in many colours.