THE STYLISH MESSANGER BAG FOR SPRING 2011

From top left, clock wise: Hype $164.9 available at DSW, Zara $89.90, Paul & Joe $565 available at Net-a-Porter, Fossil $148 available at Macy's. Courtesy photos.

It’s no secret that the Proenza Shoulder PS1 bag is the holy grail of messenger bags.

But with a hefty price tag ranging from $895 to $14,500, ample storage space and utilitarian design it only makes sense that Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough’s masterpiece is a closet staple for the likes of Leighton Meester, Kirsten Dunst and Chloë Sevigny.

But for us common folk, there’s hope!

I’ve rounded up some of the best heavy-duty bags that hold more than just Tic Tacs and credit cards. You will instantly up your sartorial game by grabbing one when you head to work — bonus points if you’ve scheduled happy hour plans after a day at the office.

Carrie Chapman, senior buyer at Barneys New York says, “we’ve been seeing a lot of the ‘urban warrior’ trend, and crossbody styles are a big part of that.” She added, “They are functional and edgy, and can be very sophisticated.”

So,whether you’re a student looking for a stylish alternative to a book bag, or just a gal in need a cross-body purse that you could practically live out of, there’s something for everybody. Happy shopping ladies 😉

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