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STYLE: USING STRAPS TO CHANGE UP YOUR LOOK

YOU'VE FOUND THE PERFECT CROSSBODY BAG, BUT HOW DO YOU STYLE IT TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR PURCHASE? LET'S TALK FEATURE STRAPS + STYLING OPTIONS THAT HELP YOU CHANGE YOUR LOOK TO MATCH YOUR MOOD.

You've decided on the perfect crossbody receptacle for you + it's made a home in your wardrobe. Now comes the fun part - experimenting with how to wear it, what outfits to pair it with, and how you can get the most out of it. Crossbody bags are endlessly versatile, so there's lots of styling options for you to try.

We always recommend rotating your bags to extend their lifespan + keep them looking their best. Like shoes + clothing, bags should be rotated, as a handbag that is used every day for every occasion will inevitably have a shorter lifespan than one that is alternated with other receptacles.  

At the same time, it makes sense to get the most out of every bag you own, and make it work for casual, dressy, work + play.  Changing up how you style your bag can give you the most versatile options.

Cropped image of a woman in a cream toned outfit wearing a brown Sans Beast vegan belt bag across her torso
Cropped image of a woman wearing a beige trench coat with a black Sans Beast vegan handbag + webbing strap worn crossbody

HOW TO WEAR A CROSSBODY BAG

We love to wear a crossbody bag high on the body for a distinctly fashion mood. For a utilitarian-styled piece like the Bright Spark or Petite Smuggler, this means wearing it high across the front of the torso, while we style the Reader Satchel or Lobby at waist level or higher.  

If you find wearing high feels too restrictive or uncomfortable across your bust, wear your crossbody bag lower on the hip and it will allow super easy access to the contents of your bag while you're on the go.

There's also the option of wearing it as a traditional shoulder bag - it's a more formal option that's ideal for a dressier occasion - or even around the waist as a belt bag for a more casual look.

Check out @styledbysally's guide to styling crossbody bags, where stylist Sally MacKinnon talks through how the eye is drawn to various points depending on how you wear a crossbody bag. Sally has lots of great tips if you're not sure of the best way to style your crossbody.

WEAR ON THE HIP

RVB wears the Noir Reader + Barricade Bag Strap

 

WEAR LOW

CW wears the Noir + Gunmetal Reader + Barricade strap below her hip

 

WEAR ON THE SHOULDER

RG wears the Mahogany Reader Satchel on her shoulder

 

WEAR ON THE WAIST

CW wears the Noir High Road Mini around her waist

 

 

Ideally, your chosen bag will have an adjustable strap so you can experiment with all these looks + your crossbody bag can do multiple jobs in your wardrobe. Shorten the strap for an evening look on the shoulder, lengthen a little for crossbody, or wrap it around your waist for an updated bum bag. That crossbody bag is working hard now.

HOW TO STYLE A FEATURE STRAP

For even more versatility, you can add a feature bag strap to introduce a completely new mood. A feature strap offers a distinctly different style to the strap included with your bag, and allows you to style day, night, casual or formal looks with your bag of choice. The same bag will look different depending on how you wear it + what strap you pair it with, so your accessories options are multiplied.

Go for a webbing strap in classic black, or introduce a subtle hint of colour with a strap in a shade that will go with most of your wardrobe staples. 

Consider if you prefer a thick or thin strap, and if you prefer the hardware colour to perfectly match your bag - we're quite fond of a hardware clash, but many people like to stick strictly to gold, silver or gunmetal + have everything match. 

 

BLACK WEBBING STRAP

MG wears the Noir Reader + Barricade Bag Strap

 

BROWN WEBBING STRAP

JW wears the Mahogany Reader + Laneway Strap

 

BLACK + WHITE STRIPED STRAP

RVB wears the Noir Petite Smuggler + Corridor Strap

 

BLUE STRIPED STRAP

RVB wears the Sky Blue Reader Satchel + Denim Blue Laneway Strap

 

SANS BEAST BAG STRAPS

The original signature Sans Beast Barricade bag strap is, we're pleased to say, recognisable from afar as the mark of a cruelty free lover. It brings an athleisure vibe that dresses down a more polished look or elevates a casual one. If you like the look of webbing but you're not keen on a thick strap, you can opt for the Slimline Barricade to get a similar mood in a thinner version.

For an alternative webbing option, choose the Corridor Strap to introduce some classic stripes to your outfit. Again, you can opt for a more slimline version with the Laneway Strap if a wide strap feels too bulky or restrictive.

While a webbing strap can bring a more casual feel, consider a chain strap for a dressier, elegant option. It works like jewellery as a finishing touch for your outfit. The Illuminated Chain strap is available in Gold, Gunmetal or Silver and while it's not adjustable, it's full length brings a sense of glamour, whether worn on the shoulder or crossbody.

BARRICADE STRAP

RVB wears the Noir Reader + Barricade Strap

 

CORRIDOR STRAP

JW wears the Noir High Road Mini + Corridor Bag Strap

 

LANEWAY STRAP

V wears the Noir Reader + Licorice Laneway Strap

 

ILLUMINATED STRAP

MG wears the Noir Reader + Gunmetal Illuminated Chain Strap

 

 

There are lots of options to styling your favourite crossbody bag, whether on it's own or with a feature strap. Try different options to find your preferred style + wear your beloved receptacle in different ways to match your mood.

And don't forget you can receive 10% off when you pair any full price bag + strap in one transaction.

Enjoy 🖤

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STYLE: USING STRAPS TO CHANGE UP YOUR LOOK