Last Updated on 20th October 2013

Big bags, oversized shoppers and holdalls appear to have entered fashion hibernation for spring. Taking a hiatus from the centre spot, allow us to introduce their updated, smaller counterparts: the cross body bag.

Downsized for spring/summer 2011, as seen at Derek Lam, Louis Vuitton and Fendi, and complementing the city woman existence, the cross body bag retains incredible style and is equally practical in its proportions.

Chloe’s small Blossom bag is pure perfection this season with its clean lines and contrasting neutral hues, offset by a black patent rim and strap.

The Blossom bag promises a chic alternative for work, and pairs perfectly with this season’s relaxed, faded-pastel tailoring, à la Stella McCartney. But accompanied by a hefty price tag of £875, it’s likely to remain a lust-have rather than a must-have.

So for those not steaming ahead to invest a small fortune any time soon, feast your eyes on this fractionally-priced beauty: Pieces’ taffa cross body bag.

Delivering a dash of easy chic, we’re lusting after the cotton cross body bag for being on point with this season’s neutral accessories – minus the ugly financial aftermath.

Pair with softly tailored pieces for work, a crisp white dress for daytime, or with clashing prints and bold block colours for an off-duty, alternative evening look.

Chloe small Blossom bag, £875, available at Matches. BUY NOW!

Pieces taffa cross body bag, £18, available at ASOS. BUY NOW!

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