We’ve all been there: You’re out and about when you get a call that you need to pick up — only you can’t find your phone beneath all the useless tissues, receipts, and lip gloss floating around at the bottom of your purse. If this sounds like an all-too familiar scenario, allow us to introduce you to the crossbody cell phone bag. The newest “it” bag of the moment, these pint-sized bags will ensure you’ll never have have to dig through a sea of junk to track down your mobile device again.
Acting as teeny-tiny versions of everyone’s favorite crossbody bag, these phone holders are centered on a singular large pocket that’s big enough to hold your cell phone and little else. They’re still plenty functional, however, with hidden interior slots and zip pouches that allow for monetary essentials, such as credit cards and cash — no more, no less. Think of them as a smaller, more modern take on a hands-free fanny pack that you can use to run errands or hit up the local market without being weighed down by a heavy tote.
The Best Crossbody Cell Phone Bags
Just like your regular totes and shoulder bags, phone crossbodys come in a variety of fabrics and styles to reflect your own personal tastes. If you prefer your purses to be on the minimalistic side, for instance, you’re sure love this leather pick from Radley London ($78, Macy’s), which relies on a simple, sleek silhouette for style. Like something with a little more flair? Try this Dalmatian-print calf hair bag from ($158, Anthropologie).
We’ve rounded up 12 different kinds of phone crossbodys from top name designers, such as Tory Burch and Kate Spade, plus several affordable picks you can get on sale to cater to your every budget and style. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best crossbody cell phone bags.
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Where to buy: $33.49 (Originally $55), Newchic
With three separate zip pockets for storage that expand like an accordion, this faux leather Pierre Loues bag has so much space, you won’t even miss your big, old bulky shoulder bag. It comes in 10 different vibrant shades, including the pictured orange, and has a detachable strap that enables you to carry it like a clutch. Check it out in action here.
Where to buy: $248, Nordstrom
Once a form of novelty bag, phone crossbodys have official turned the corner into designer territory, and this Tory Burch Miller logo version is living proof. It’s got all of the niceties of the brand’s full-size purses, including a soft, supple leather exterior, a magnetic snap closure, and an adjustable strap, but has been condensed into a perfect phone-sized case.
Where to buy: $32.50, Amazon
We love the fun and funky designs that are embroidered onto this Chala phone crossbody, which run the gamut from butterflies and puppies to owls and ballerina slippers. With 40 different options to choose from and extra interior padding to protect any size phone, this bag is truly one-of-a-kind It’s even got a signature polka dot lining for a little added flair.
Where to buy: $158, Anthropologie
Give your ensemble a little oomph with this Dalmatian-print calf hair crossbody from Anthropologie. Inside, you’ll find a spacious and roomy interior, while its exterior features a removable tassel and a magnetic snap closure that will keep your phone safely tucked away inside. It also comes in a brown leather version.
Where to buy: From $78, Macy’s
Buttery smooth leather is the star of this affordable phone crossbody from Radley London, which boasts a minimalistic flapover design and the brand’s Scottie dog logo as hardware accent. With interior zip and slip pockets and six slots for cards, it’s roomier than most bags in this category. Choose from five different colors.
Where to buy: $44.99 (Originally $90), Macy’s
This carrying pouch may be miniature, but it’s also mighty, thanks to its genius radio-frequency identification (RFID)-blocking technology. Impermeable to a form of electronic pickpocketing that allows thieves to gain access to your credit cards, passports, or IDs, this bag is also equipped with an LED light to help you find your belongings in dim lighting and a two-compartment design that’s large enough to house most cell phones. Choose from a black or blue nylon exterior, both of which will easily wipe clean.