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This Expandable Leather Bag Has Made It Easier to Carry Our Essentials

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A beautiful handbag with a practical design that makes life easier for Us is always a major score for our closets! We never hesitate to scoop up a bag that is simple and sleek, but that packs enough room to help Us hold (basically) our whole lives in it. If it manages to not look like a bulky package hanging from our shoulders, that is also a major plus.

The Shop With Us team has found a cross-body bag that does just that and we want to snag the design in every single color available at Nordstrom.

Related: Shop With Us: This Is the Knit Moto Jacket We’ll Be Wearing All Fall Long

The Nordstrom Kara Leather Expandable Cross-Body Bag caught our attention because of its pretty look, but we knew we had to drop it in our shopping carts after realizing it has a feature that makes it a roomy design.

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See it: Snag this gorgeous and practical Nordstrom Kara Leather Expandable Cross-Body Bag for $149.

The cross-body is made of real leather and has zip and slip pockets on the inside with an exterior slip pocket. The top flap can be flipped up and unzipped for use as an extra pocket.

We love that the bag can also be unzipped at the bottom to provide extra storage space on the inside. Check out how it looks from the side when it is all zipped up.

side view gray cross body bag

If we unzip the side and expand it, this is what it looks like down below.

kara leather expandable cross body side view

Yay for a handbag that saves space when we need it to, but also offers more room if necessary!

This cross-body bag being equal parts practical and stylish makes it an immediate must-have. Check out how it will look when we wear it out down below.

nordstrom kara

We love that this purse has an adjustable strap that drops it right near the waist, so it does not fall too low or sit too high. The stylish bag comes in four color options including black, Burgundy London, Grey Pebble and Pink Rosecloud.

The black version makes for a great everyday bag that will pair well with so many different outfits in our closet.

black cross body bag

The classic silver hardware on this design paired with the tassel keychain makes it perfect for wearing with a black leather jacket for a super cool moto chic look. To really step up this bag’s appeal, we’ll be tracking down a leather jacket with fringe to play up that keychain. More is more, right?

However, our favorite color shade is the Burgundy London style. We will always be suckers for any fashionable item in a deep wine hue!

nordstrom kara expandable bag

Imagine stepping out with this statement burgundy and gold bag paired with a sweater dress, a faux fur vest and ankle boots! This design can also serve as a lovely pop of color for an all-black or all-beige ensemble.

Shoppers who purchased this expandable cross-body raved most about how spacious it is. Many seem impressed by the number of pockets such a compact design features. Reviewers also noted that the bag feels pretty lightweight and is easier to carry than they expected. Shoppers shared that they are able to wear this design day or night with so many different ensembles and in a variety of settings. One reviewer even revealed that she wears it out as an oversized clutch by simply tucking the straps inside.

Thanks to our super shopping skills, we also spotted this incredibly similar Amelie Galanti Cross-Body Bag available on Amazon.

amelie galanti expandable cross body bag

See it: Snag this Amelie Galanti Cross-Body Bag for $32! It is also available with free shipping and free returns.

The Amelie Galanti Cross-Body Bag is made of faux leather and a strap that can be unclipped and removed if desired. Inside, there is one main compartment, one slip pocket and one interior zipper pocket. Like the Nordstrom Kara bag, this one has a flap that can be pulled up and unzipped for storage use. It also similarly unzips and expands at the bottom.

Shoppers who purchased this design were very surprised that it looks even better in person, with many sharing that the faux leather looks like authentic quality leather. Reviewers also shared that the bag size and strap length are perfect for traveling. Several shoppers noted that this pick is what made them depart from their usual preference for larger statement bags. Some even mentioned that it helped minimize the back and shoulder pain they usually have after hours of walking with other cross-body bags they own.

We can’t wait to incorporate the expandable bag into our fall collection!

See it: Snag this gorgeous and practical Nordstrom Kara Leather Expandable Crossbody Bag for $149. Get the alternative Amelie Galanti Cross-Body Bag for $32 with free shipping and returns.

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