This Bag Will Take You from the Boardroom to the Ballroom

Day-to-night dressing is tricky. Rare is the cubicle-friendly look that also will wow during cocktail hour. Yet there are some pieces that work double duty. Think: a timeless LBD, or shoes like a simple strappy heel or a cool brogue—items that can are at home in the boardroom or the bar. When it comes to the bag department, however, things can be a little trickier. A huge tote for your laptop doesn’t exactly say “night on the town.” And showing up to an important meeting with a sequin clutch? Call HR! But there’s a new cross-body style that does the trick—and celebrities are showing you how to wear it.

The no-brainer bag in question: a structured cross-body bag, which has been a favorite among trendsetters the past few months. One of the season’s chicest is Valentino’s VSling crossbody bag, which comes with a subtle “V” logo and a variety of leather colorways. It’s also just roomy enough to cram a notepad, pen, and all the going-out essentials for later on—the perfect blend of practicality and luxury. Like-minded styles have been spotted on celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, who gave her pristine white bag a cool evening feel with a head-to-toe red outfit.

Other stylish stars have been spotted in similarly-shaped bags as well. Emily Ratajkowski gave her brown woven cross-body a professional feel with a structured blazer and knee-high boots. So did Kaia Gerber, who paired her black cross-body with a military-inspired blazer dress. The takeaway? A shapely hands-free bag is the best buy of the season, not to mention a foolproof gifting idea for the holidays.

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