At first glance, a link between what handbag you choose and how well you endure hot, sticky summer weather seems counterintuitive. You don’t wear a bag, you carry it, so what difference does it make? Well, as anyone who’s been stuck in the heat hauling a giant leather tote or satchel knows, it can make a lot of difference. A bag might not cover you, but it definitely spends a lot of time against your skin and body, and especially when you’re outdoors, even that bit of contact can be majorly annoying as temperatures rise. Not to mention that carrying the extra weight of a bag makes your body work even harder than it already does to cool itself.
The solution? A teeny tiny crossbody. Not only are they lightweight, but you don’t have to carry them against your naked hands and arms or pressed up against your side – just a delicate strap on your shoulder and a little pouch at your hip. Because “teeny tiny” means different things to different people, we’ve rounded up your best options for this summer, all the way from microscopic crossbodies to slightly more medium-sized messengers. Check out our picks after the jump.
Balenciaga Town Bag, $1795 via Neiman Marcus