How To Wear 3 Bags At Once & Not Look Weighed Down

As Londoners, we practically live out of our bags — yes, plural. Especially during the week, we find ourselves schlepping a tote that fits our laptop, a gym bag big enough to hold trainers and a change of clothes, and a crossbody for all the little things...all at once. Truthfully, when we see any one-bag-wonders (i.e. someone who doesn't need multiple carryalls to get through the day), we're in awe at how they have their shit so together.

That's why we were pretty damn pleased to see that last season's runways showed it is possible to rock the multi-bag look without feeling disheveled or weighed down. Coach sent models down the catwalk with two bags over their shoulder and another in-hand; Gucci styled three bags falling down a model's side, each hanging below the next; and Anya Hindmarch used micro bags as add-on accessories to larger bags, combining the three to make for one multicompartmental piece. As ridiculous as it may sound (we know how extra Fashion Week shows can be), this might actually be the most practical — and wearable — accessories trend we've seen in a while.

Here's what we learned: Pairing multiple shapes, sizes, and silhouettes gives you more room to play with the season's best bags. So we put that to the test with some of our dream pieces. Next time you leave the house with three bags in hand, don't even think twice thrice about it, and instead consider how randomly cool and practical your trio is.

Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
You know that feeling when you need gym clothes, an outfit for tomorrow, your wallet, keys, and phone? It's time to layer up. Keep your metro card and any other need-to-access items in your crossbody, then stash each outfit in each backpack. Bonus: If you have a version with a top handle, carry that one in your hand instead of on your back. If not, wear one as usual, and let the other drape over your shoulder of choice.

M2MALLETIER backpack; Edie Parker crossbody; Mansur Gavriel ladybag; Carls Bernsten dress; Truffle shoes.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
There's nothing wrong with carrying three bags at once when they all look this good. (That nylon drawstring backpack was never really your style, anyway). Try this look with your most festive crossbody, then mix and match bigger pieces until you find a combination that works.

M2MALLETIER backpack; Edie Parker crossbody; Mansur Gavriel ladybag; Carls Bernsten dress; Truffle shoes.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
Mini bags have taken over the fashion world (and, likely, your closet) faster than we know what to do with them. But while everyone complains about how unpractical they are, we're putting them to use by wearing multiples at once. All those mini buckets and tiny box bags are cute on their own, but when you put three together? Adorable AF.

Fendi shoulder bag; Simon Miller bucket bag; Mark Cross box bag; Elizabeth & James sunglasses; The Break Vintage trench; Vans sneakers.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
Start with a ring-handle bag that's so charming you couldn't pass it up, even if it only holds your chapstick and a compact. Then, add two more bags that can actually fit something slightly bigger, like your phone. For major bag-layering street cred, get funky with the palette and add a little color blocking to the mix — this stop-light combination never looked so good.

Fendi shoulder bag; Simon Miller bucket bag; Mark Cross box bag; Elizabeth & James sunglasses; The Break Vintage trench; Vans sneakers.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
Canvas totes: Can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em — but, we're going to try. It's time to upgrade your everyday piece for a structured, on-trend tote that can still fit your iPad or small computer.

Senreve backpack; Staud tote; Moynat box bag; W Concept top and heels; Our Second Nature pants.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
Just for fun — or to bring along your lunch — tie a contrasting backpack into the mix; this one can actually be worn four ways. Add in a little wristlet that layers perfectly with the tote, too.

Senreve backpack; Staud tote; Moynat box bag; W Concept top and heels; Our Second Nature pants.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
It's a bummer when you've got to go somewhere — say, from work to a rooftop party — with a giant shoulder bag in tow. In crowded places with drinks in-hand, the last thing you want is a tote people will be bumping into all evening long...

Valentino velvet bag and mirror; Dolce & Gabbana embellished bag; Veda dress.
Photographed by Emma Craft. Designed by Vero Romero.
Instead, approach your bags as you would your jewelry: Drape 'em across in every direction, because three crossbody bags are better than one. In this scenario, one is for the usual haul, another is for any extras, and one is just, well, a mirror for touch-ups. But, they're all decorative enough to make this little black dress feel super-luxe.

Valentino velvet bag and mirror; Dolce & Gabbana embellished bag; Veda dress.
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