I'm Not an Accessories Person, But I Wear These 3 Bags on Repeat

While I can fill half my wardrobe with jackets and coats (no joke), when it comes to bags, I have a fairly practical, streamlined approach. Okay, so when I say practical, I mean that in the context of being a fashion editor, so I'm not exactly toting sporty backpacks, however, I do have a set of requirements that have to be ticked off.

Form and function both have an equally important role to play in finding the perfect bag. So what do I look for? Firstly, it has to be roomy enough to fit in the essentials (purse, phone, keys, lipstick, etc.). Secondly, it has to be versatile enough to work with a large percentage of my wardrobe. Finally, it has to be hands-free. The result of these specifications is that I almost exclusively buy crossbody bags.

In the interest of our readers, I thought I'd tell you about the three bags I wear on repeat. They pretty much cover all the bases when it comes to my bag needs. My lineup is a mix of high-street and high-end brands, but the uniting factor is their grab-and-go appeal. After all, no one has time to be trying on different bags when you're rushing for the train on a weekday morning. From Wandler's minimalist design to the Coach's Tardis-like interior, scroll down to see and shop the styles I can't live without.

Wandler Hortensia

Best cross-body bags: Joy Montgomery holding Wandler Hortensia

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Who What Wear's editorial director, Hannah Almassi, has previously waxed lyrical about the joys of the Wandler Hortensia. She convinced me that it was a designer bag that worth the investment, and she was quite right. I love the Hortensia's clean-lined silhouette and roomy interior, which fits in everything I need. The fact that I wore it every day during fashion week is a testament to the bag's versatility and practicality.

Best cross-body bags: Joy Montgomery holding Wandler Hortensia

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Best cross-body bags:  Joy Montgomery holding Coach camera bag

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Out of all my bags, Coach's camera bag is the one that fits the most. You can't tell from the outside, but the interior is Tardis-like. I fell for the brand's signature line—all of which feature the brand's classic logo print. The neutral hue goes with everything I own and the chain strap offering a chic contrast. I'm also not usually a fan of personalisation, but as I was able to choose the colours of the initials, the end result was pretty subtle.

Best cross-body bags:  Joy Montgomery holding Coach camera bag

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Mango Cylinder Bag

Bag capsule wardrobe: Joy Montgomery holding Mango suede bag

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I couldn't not include a piece from the Great British High Street (I'm a big fan). I had my eye on this Mango bag for a while but wasn't sure about the sage colour, as it felt quite specific. However, once I took the plunge and bought it, I was surprised by how versatile it was. While it is technically green, it acts more like a neutral, and I find that I can wear it with most things. I also think the suede fabric makes the bag look seriously high-end.

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