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Need a new tote for Autumn? Course you do! Choose from our Top 5 edit of the season's hottest cross-body bags and work your look from the accessories up.

It’s that time of year when your tatty old basket bag or giant tote that’s been holding all manner of sun lotion and beach towels all summer start to look a bit… wrong. September is all about getting back to work, smartening up and knuckling down, which is where our edit of the most chic new autumn cross-body bags comes in.

We’re huge fans of the cross-body style as it leaves you hands-free for all the important business of the day – composing important emails on your phone, grabbing a coffee, er… eating crisps (I’ll have Skips, thanks for asking). What’s interesting this season is the abundance of delicious autumnal shades around – perfect for zshuhing up a boring black coat and bringing a spot of sunshine to dull days. Plus, lots of them have detachable straps so you can also redeploy as an evening bag – versatile, eh?

OK, let’s shop – five of the best colourful cross-body bags, at your disposal!


It's not just a yes from us, it's an entire line of heart-eye emojis. This Whistles wonder has it all going on - a gorgeous green shade, mock-croc leather and an unusual resin chain handle. Come to mama!

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Python perfect

AND/OR is John Lewis's own brand that majors on playful, boho styles (their denim is especially great). This snake effect bag with a gold buckle detail is a nifty weekend option.

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High fashion on the high street? Yes indeedy! This cute specimen by Spanish bag designers Mercules is exclusive to The Dressing Room in St Albans - owner and fashion expert Deryane suggests tying a silk scarf round the strap for a pop of colour. Nice!

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We're forever banging on about super, sexy Sezane, the Gallic brand that makes any woman look like an insouciant French nymph (yes, even on the school run!) Their bags are always standout - case in point, this handmade blush bucket bag. Ooh la la!

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Autumnal vibes

This Jigsaw one looks very autumnal doesn't it? It's the glossy merlot mock croc that does it. This bag is diddy so it provides a good reason to pare down all the junk you usually lug around.

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