Best Bet: Horseshoe Leather Bag

Stylish, functional, and conveniently sized, cross-body bags are turning up everywhere this summer. The burnished cognac leather and brass clasp-closure lends a vintage feel to this Horseshoe bag, which also sports a hard shell and adjustable strap. Though it may have a throwback look, it makes a practical addition to the modern city-dweller’s closet, with two interior pockets for toting your makeup, camera, and other small essentials. In back, the zipped external pocket is the perfect spot to stow your subway card for easy access — so you won’t be caught on the wrong side of the turnstile digging through your handbag.

Horseshoe hard leather bag, $125 at Dalaga or online.