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.
Despite their small size, these micro bags are making a big splash on the style scene, seemingly popping up everywhere, from the streets to the red carpet — even Oprah is a fan, including a version from Pixie Mood ($47.50, Amazon) on this year’s list of her favorite things.
The Best Crossbody Cell Phone Bags
Just like your regular totes and shoulder bags, phone crossbody 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 (from $52.80, 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 crossbody bags 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 FIRST for Women’s picks for the best crossbody cell phone bags.
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Best Expandable Phone Crossbody
Where to buy: $29.99 (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.
Tory Burch Leather Miller Bag
Best Designer Phone Crossbody
Tory Burch Leather Miller Phone Crossbody Bag
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.
Nine West Astoria
Best Classic Phone Crossbody
Nine West Astoria Bandolier
Where to buy: $33.75 (Originally $45), Kohl’s
SAVE NOW: Use coupon code SAVE at checkout to save an extra 15 percent off through Dec. 25.
Nine West puts a fun twist on the phone crossbody trend with its classic faux alligator model that comes complete with complementary bronze hardware. It has a 12-inch chain strap and a magnetic closure and opens up to two slip pockets and three card slots.
Cutest Phone Crossbody
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.
Most Stylish Phone Crossbody
Frankie Leather Dalmatian
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.
Radley London Crossbody
Best Leather Phone Crossbody
Where to buy: From $52.80 (Originally $88), 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.
Patricia Nash Phone Crossbody
Best Calf Hair Crossbody
Patricia Nash Rivella
Where to buy: $59.40 (Originally $99), Macy’s
Take a walk on the wild side with this leopard-print phone crossbody from Patricia Nash. Part calf hair, part genuine vegetable leather that was leftover as a byproduct from the beef industry, this mini bag is every bit as stylish as it is functional. It closes with a classic twistlock closure and has an interior slip pocket, plus slots for up to three credit cards.
Best Rated Phone Crossbody
Pixie Mood Inc.
Where to buy: From $47.50, Amazon
This pint-sized pick is so cute, it made Oprah’s Favorite Things list of 2019! It’s big enough to hold your iPhone 11 inside its front pocket and has a separate space in the back that’s designed to keep your change in order. There’s also 10 interior storage slots, making it big enough to house the entire contents of your wallet — or close to it! Choose from one of six colors.
Best Luxury Phone Crossbody
Kate Spade Leather Sylvia North/South
Where to buy: $89.60 (Originally $128), Bloomingdale’s
This sleek leather offering from fashion house Kate Spade comes in two different shades. Luxe details, like a hanging key fob and a gold-tone chain strap, lend an air of sophistication, while added exterior pockets allow for easy, convenient access to your cards.
Donna Sharp Libby Crossbody
Best Quilted Phone Crossbody
Donna Sharp Libby
Where to buy: $33, Kohl’s
With a quilted style that's reminiscent of beloved designer Vera Bradley, this patchwork phone crossbody will be the talk of the town. It comes in four chic prints and has a faux leather trim with a magnetic snap closure. There's also an adjustable strap for comfort.
Inc Phone Crossbody
Best Budget Phone Crossbody
INC International Concepts Ashlii
Where to buy: $27.65 (Originally $39.50), Macy’s
SAVE NOW: Use coupon code GIFT to save an extra 20 percent through Dec. 24.
Go for the minimalist glory with this INC Ashlii phone wristlet. Available in six eye-catching shades, this faux leather pick features a removable strap and has just enough space for your phone (sized up to an iPhone 8 Plus), two credit cards, and an ID.
Best Anti Theft Phone Crossbody
Where to buy: $44.99 (Originally $99), Macy’s
SAVE NOW: Use coupon code GIFT at checkout to save an extra 15 percent through Dec. 24.
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.