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

Wayuu Taya Mochilla Hand-Woven Shoulder Bag, $180 via Net-a-Porter

Miu Miu Hand-Painted Watersnake Shoulder Bag, $2150 via Net-a-Porter

Mulberry Mini Chain Strap Shoulder Bag, $435 via Net-a-Porter

3.1 Phillip Lim Mini Pashli Bag, $450 via ShopBop

Tory Burch Dash Mini Messenger, $295 via Bergdorf Goodman

Marc by Marc Jacobs Werdie Camera Bag, $188 via Bergdorf Goodman

ASOS Leather Colorblock Crossbody Bag, $58 via ASOS

Rebecca Minkoff MAC Mini, $195 via ShopBop

  • TomJTaylor
  • Alexandra Davidoff

    Rebecca Minkoff & Balenciaga – wow! When all one needs is a pair of sunglasses and an MP3 all year round, these two are elegant companions no matter the occasion but especially when grocery shopping.  

  • Or

    No Celine trio??? Boooooo….

    • Amanda Mull

      Sadly, no Celine for sale online! When we write a shopping guide, we try to pick things we can link our readers to for ease of shopping/drooling/stalking. The Trio is a GREAT addition to this list, though.

      But really, why can’t we buy Celine online and when is this going to be remedied?

      • Jack Oberle

        Completely agree. It’s just so much easier to purchase handbags online then having to deal with all the SA’s at stores. I feel the same about Chanel too, why can’t they just jump on the bandwagon?

      • Amanda Mull

        The funny thing is, before the Luggage Tote hit really, really big, you could totally buy Celine bags online. I remember that Matches UK used to stock Luggage Totes on its site, in the first or second season that they were being made. It seems as though pulling the brand from the Internet was a marketing ploy to fan the flames once it became an It Bag. The rarer it seems, the more people want it.

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    “The rarer it seems, the more people want it.” – and then you see so many rich folk and celebrities carrying it around and wonder, what’s the big deal? :)

  • SusanR

    Take a look at Coach’s cross body Classic Mini. Has room for an iPhone, credit cards and some cash.
    I bought one in orange and I love it. At $118 the price is just right.

  • sg

     This bag is now 29.00 with free shipping

  • 19yearslater

    Yes, I’ve been using crossbodies pretty much exclusively in this heat. 

  • Jessica

    Cambridge satchel is great too

  • Julie_gallaher

    So colorful! Very nice! I love this bags!

  • Zab50

    Coach has a really cute simple cross body. I forgot the name, but I got it in red and its adorable.  $198 is pretty reasonable too.

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