Crossbody or messenger?

Sling is in
Last Updated 28 March 2013, 15:39 IST

Jazz up your look this season with some fabulous sling bags. Your wardrobe will then be complete! More sling bags, more attention.These bags come in different shapes and sizes – and colours. Suffice to say, long strapped-bags are in fashion. It’s the 2013 look for everyone young at heart!

Why is the sling bag a necessity, a must-have accoutrement? It’s practical for one. Look, hands free! Then it adds a touch of colour to your ensemble. It’s cool. It goes with any outfit – denims and tees, summer dresses and kurtis, and so on.

If you’ve set your sights on ‘The Look’ then what are you waiting for? Search for that large crossbody or detachable sling bag. Let’s listen to the experts.

Ashni Biyan, Director, Holii, said, “Sling bags are structured in shapes with an interesting play of reinterpreted Indian motifs which make them very trendy and exciting for fashion-conscious consumers. When you wear a sling do keep the rest of the look simple. Wearing too many accessories takes the focus away from your sling bag. Adjust the shoulder straps to sling it like a crossbody or a long shoulder bag.”

There’s no one approach to this bag. Like any other bag style, there are no strict colour codes for sling bags. It all depends upon how the person styles it and with what. Mixing and matching with India-inspired colours is truly cosmopolitan in style. What stands out is its multiple uses – it can be slung across or kept on one side; you can even fold the shoulder strap into your bag and use it like a clutch.

Dilip Kapur, founder and president, Hidesign, said, “Many young women use sling bags as their all-day bag; quite a few working men also prefer a sling over a briefcase as it adds to finishing the look and practicality. Messengers and crossbodies have become hugely popular in the past few years.

Pick a bag that matches your body shape. Avoid wide gusset sling bags if you are large. Pick sleek constructions with minimal details for work.”

For women, a Rapunzel crossbody or bucket sling bag looks great when teamed up for an evening out or a date. While Berg sling is the perfect round-the-clock bag for women, men can choose crossbodies or messenger bags from our best sellers like Vespucci and Hopkins which fit perfectly with denims and suits.

According to Dilip, classic shades of black, brown, tan and red go with everything and are a safe pick if you’re looking for a sling bag to go with everything.

(Published 28 March 2013, 15:39 IST)

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