A must-have accessory we're adding to our closets (and suitcases) this summer and beyond: sling bags. Not only are these bags the most practical way to carry all of your daily essentials, they also add an effortless, chic look to even the simplest workout or loungewear set. Since they're made to be worn across your chest, sling bags will keep you hands-free whether you're running errands, on an afternoon hike, or working your way through airport security. When it comes to style we didn’t skimp on the selections either. With summer coming you’ll find vibrant, light colors that will brighten your look. And compared to their equally on-trend bag cousin, the fanny pack, they tend to be a bit roomier; some have space for your beach read or water bottle. Below, we've rounded up the 17 best sling bags to wear on all your upcoming trips to make reaching for your passport, wallet, and sunglasses a breeze.
How do I choose a good sling bag?
Sling bags offer a lot of versatility when it comes to style and use. The main thing to keep in mind when shopping for one: comfort. Since sling bags are designed to sit snugly around your chest, finding one that doesn’t give you aches and pains while having it strapped to your body is the biggest win. The next thing to consider is what you’ll be using it for—is it for travel, concerts, or mostly day-to-day use? That answer can help determine the size and style that will be best for you.
What is the difference between a sling and shoulder bag?
A sling bag is worn around the upper body and compressed to the chest while a shoulder bag hangs lower and typically lands around the waist. Shoulder bags and sling bags come in an array of sizes, but sling bags tend to be more compact and designed to fit the necessities. Shoulder bags are usually larger, and often geared toward sophisticated, dressy settings, whereas slings bags are a more laid-back alternative.
Are sling bags useful?
Sling bags are ideal for occasions where you want to be hands-free, but still have everything you need. A bulky purse or large backpack can be stressful in travel settings, especially if you're worried about pickpockets or just generally losing your valuables. They're the perfect accessory for staying comfortable during long stretches of time on your feet—wear them on day hikes, sightseeing afternoons, and days when you find yourself with a long list of errands to run.
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