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The Keep-Your-Hands-Free Cross-Body
You'll feel less like a pack mule when you're running errands if you try a compact messenger style that hangs diagonally across your body. Check that the stitching (particularly at the corners) is even and tight: It shouldn't budge or fray if you poke at it with your fingernail, says Mull. Opt for a lightweight leather (real or faux) or nylon that is durable but won't weigh you down when you're already carrying an armload of dry cleaning or a load of groceries.