Five of the Best Messenger Bags - as Seen on Cameron Diaz and David Beckham

Celebs love to wear stylish designer messenger bags - and it makes our readers desire them too! The Bag Lady strides to the rescue of Melissa, a messenger bag aficionado, who is looking to replace her clapped-out black leather Bally for a spanking new bag which can take her from day to night, and jazz up any outfit.

She has expressed a predilection for another messenger bag and we understand why - the across-the-body-strap adds extra ease for the working girl, leaving your hands free while you walk, and securing your bag close to your body, making it an anti-mugging satchel. Of course, the handbag sized tampon taser gun might help with that, but 'til that's sold on our sunny shores, a good firm strap and savvy styling should do the trick.

The Paul Smith Blue Lace Messenger is a lovely bag, with delicate embroidery, and sweet trimmings, whilst being roomy enough to fit all your essentials. It's made of a lightweight cotton and would be perfect for summer. Click quick to get it as it's just been reduced from £150 to £75, and bag ladies everywhere will be ordering this lovely.

This Stripey Messenger bag from Fred Flare also makes it onto my wishlist, as the monochrome styling is very hot this year, and the bag looks like it would be great for holidays and the beach. It's cheap enough that if you get bored of it you can easily replace it, so there's no reason for not splurging!

The Nica cross-body bag is a great option if you are looking for a more muted palette of colours, with its yummy chocolate brown leather and textured surface, this hard wearing honey will treat you right...and the 'lil bag charms that adorn it are ever so desirable!

Another great brown leather option is the Gem bag by Bracher Emden for Debenhams. You have to applaud this designers style - he hits high street prices with luxury styling, and the gold chains that adorn the bag give it a hint of Marc Jacobs, crossed with some seriously hip accoutrements.

Finally, the king of the bag world, brought to us by designer Jimmy Choo, the beautiful 'Ruse' leather messenger bag, which hits the hot spot, with its worn-look leather, and butter soft suede lining. The stylish snakeskin trim and gold clasps just scream quality, and it will last you for years.

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