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This season brings yet another 80s-inspired fashion phenomenon to the fashion forefront: cross-body bags. Spotted on the catwalks of Phillip Lim, Mulberry and Isabel Marant (to name a few), and on celebs from Taylor Momsen to Kate Bosworth and even Brad Pitt, postman-style bags were slung casually across torsos almost as an afterthought—albeit a very chic, stylish and functional afterthought.
Even if we can’t appreciate the comeback of acid-washed jeans or leg warmers, at least we can be happy that the 80s did give us this super-useful accessory. We live in a time when women (and men) really need secure and hand-liberating storage for laptops, BlackBerry devices, iPods and other gadgets. The cross-body bag fits the bill.
Plus, designers are working hard to give this retro revival a modernized touch with sculpted new shapes, zipper and chain hardware, and extra-luxe fabrications like buttery-soft leather—so they really can’t be confused with the mailman’s.