Before I moved to New York, I didn’t really think of bags as seasonal. Sure, colors might get a little darker when it’s not blazing hot outside, but I had lived circa Atlanta all my life–the practical implications of a real winter were never something I had encountered. Now that I’m on my fifth NYC winter, I’ve come to at least one conclusion: the saddle bag is your best cold-weather option.

Winter coats are bulky and cumbersome (I ran into a trash can yesterday because I have no peripheral vision in my parka), and they make it hard to keep bags on your shoulders or get top handles up into the crook of your arm. Nothing sits right on top of that much extra fabric and padding, and manipulating zippers and lock closures can also be tricky in gloves or when your fingers are stiff from cold. That’s where saddle bags come in.

Saddle bags are almost always set up for crossbody carry, which is ideal to sit comfortably on top of a heavy coat, and they stay in place, unlike regular shoulder bags. The flap-top closure is also ideal; it rarely has difficult hardware to fumble with, and even if it does, the overall structure of the bag means it’ll easily stay closed without using the closure every time. The flap also keeps your belongings dry in inclement weather, although I wouldn’t be sad if it never, ever snowed again.

Another big perk of saddle bags are is their relatively affordable price points. You can find very expensive versions, of course, but right now our favorite retailers are full of beautiful options that are solidly within the three-figure range. Below, we’ve done the legwork for you.

Coach Saddle Bag 23
$395 via Coach


Cynthia Rowley Tabitha Crossbody Bag
$245 via Shopbop


Kate Spade Chepstow Road Elliot Saddle Bag
$398 via Bloomingdale’s


Liberty London Carnaby Saddle bag
$595 via Bloomingdale’s


Loeffler Randall Stingray and Snake Embossed Saddle Bags
$475 via Saks


Longchamp Le Foulonne Flap Bag
$535 via Bloomingdale’s


Mackage Rima Saddle bag
$395 via Bloomingdale’s


Mansur Gavriel Crossbody Bag
$425 via Barneys


MICHAEL Michael Kors Bedford Small Saddle Bag
$158 via Macy’s


Rebecca Minkoff Unlined Saddle Bag
$295 via Rebecca Minkoff


Sancia Babylon Saddle Bag
$398 via Shopbop


Sara Barner Ruby Saddle Bag
$435 via Shopbop


Sophie Hulme Mini Saddle Crossbody Bag
$495 via Shopbop


Tory Burch Leather Saddle Bag
$595 via Tory Burch


Vince Modern V Saddle Bag
$295 via Bloomingdale’s

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Hannah Rogers
7 years ago

THIS is why I LOVE Purseblog! I never thought I liked the Saddle Bag shape, but now I have the Sophia Hulme version in my shopping cart. I especially love the Tory Burch and the Vince versions as well. What a great list! Between these and the Mansur Gavriel bucket bag, it’s nice to have beautiful bag options at a non-outrageous price point, that still look well made and stylish. Keep it up PB!! xx

Amanda Mull
7 years ago
Reply to  Hannah Rogers

Thank you for such a kind comment–we hope you like your new bag!

7 years ago

I think the Coach one is the best looking of the lot.

7 years ago

I’m loving the Cynthia Rowley… I’m surprised there isn’t any Jerome Dreyfuss or are his bags slightly over? He also has some great saddle bags, but I think they might be too exxy for this post.

Jerri R
Jerri R
7 years ago

Tory Burch is getting better and better!

7 years ago

I agree; the Coach and the Tory Burch are the best ones. Love the simple yet updated

Cutler Bags
7 years ago

Perfect picks. I agree that Coach and the Tory Burch are the best ones.