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Autumn totes

Need a new tote for autumn? Course you do! Choose from our 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 chocolate. 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 – the best colourful cross-body bags, at your disposal!

Chain reaction

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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Russet rebel

Don't be scared of orange - or russet as M&S are calling it here. It's surprisingly versatile, working well with black, blue, grey, green, beige, white and denim. We love the quirky shape of this one and the metallic detail ups the glam quotient.

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Green eyed

This cool crossbody in black forest green is part of a clever three-in-one system made from vegan leather. It also includes a clutch and maxi tote in contrasting metallic mushroom. Très chic.

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Seeing red

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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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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This camera bag in coral pink will bring pizzazz to any outfit. From Surrey-based Tarelle, it's made from PU leather and you have the option of changing straps to suit your mood. We love the rainbow one! (Straps sold separately - £15).
£28 (down from £35)

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In the navy

Fail-safe and fabulous, a navy crossbody bag with gold hardware is a classic. This beauty from Berkshire-based Gift Pop is made from PU leather, has three handy compartments and removable strap.

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French fancy

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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Scandi cool

All the leaves are brown and this season, your wardrobe will be too. Not-so-boring beige and earthy tones are everywhere – and we're loving the simple Scandi styling of this vegan leather half moon bag. Cool girl vibes in one bag.

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