The Belt Bag & Why It's A Great Addition To Your Wardrobe Right Now

The belt bag aka the modern fanny pack, is working its way back into the fashion scene— and honestly there couldn't be a better time for this bag to peak than now.

What's better than a bag that sits at your hips while you wash your hands 100x per day? A lightweight bag that can fit more than 1 hand sanitizer and never needs to touch the ground almost seems too good to be true.

Brands including Off-White, Burberry, and Balenciaga all have their own versions of this bum bag, and we're not gonna lie, we're actually really feeling these hands-free options.

Below we'll cover pressing sartorial things like: what to wear with a belt bag, how to style a belt bag, what designers make the best belt bags, and why they actually have a place in your wardrobe.

Why The Belt Bag Works

Real quick, let's talk about the pros of wearing a belt bag:

  • Wearing a belt bag 100% makes for an easier shopping trip. Whether you're out shopping for canned food or clothing, it's definitely one less thing to get in the way of the experience
  • You won't place this bag down and lose it— for all those women (us included) who would loose their head if it wasn't attached to their bodies, the belt bag style is your vibe
  • Wear it 3 different ways: around your waist or slung crossbody style (wear the bag portion across your chest or across your back)
  • This bum bag is roomy and fits an excess of things that most mini bags cannot handle
  • 2020's waist bag is convenient, functional fashion, with countless high-end designers producing their own fashion-forward versions from sophisticated to streetwear
  • Dress it all the way up or dress it down; this bag can be worn with anything from a double-breasted pinstripe suit to your favorite 3 striped Adidas tracksuit

Now for the FUN part . . .

Onto the very bags themselves that seem relevant now more than ever ...

Ferragamo's version of the belt bag is small, studded, and sophisticated. This black belt bag can handle its own, and in a sea of black tie dresses, this waist bag works.

Hungarian brand Nanushka is adding many belt bags to its collections this year, and they are very reasonably priced (we'll show you more later) but for now this tan velvet belt bag, a bucket belt bag per se, is a unique take on the traditional fanny pack.

Jimmy Choo's version of a waist bag is metallic, which works well for the evenings, yet it wouldn't be awkward to sport this designer bum bag strolling/shopping with your friends either. We love a sophisticated streetwear crossover.

Wandler is another company cranking out many belt bags, also sometimes referred to as moon bags. Our favorite is this leather baby blue version. This is also a great belt bag to wear to work. It'll free up your hands on the subway and it's straight up cute and convenient.

Just because Coachella is postponed until October this year, doesn't mean that 3.1 Phillip Lim's fringe belt bag doesn't have a place in your closet. Wear this with a sleek body-skimming all black ensemble or with denim cutoff shorts and a graphic t-shirt.

There's something so calming about this milky white color that Valentino Garavani chose for his logo belt bag. This waist bag would look cute with a light gray colored suit for the office (when we return).

We couldn't mention belt bags without mentioning a classic nylon Prada bag. Red is a fun color for this bum bag, which of course also comes in black. This is the perfect belt bag to wear 24/7 and to mix and match with any outfit. It's an understated statement belt bag if you will.

For the rebellious punk rocker in all of us, Alexander Wang's black leather and hyper-zippered double belt bag is one of a kind and super cool. We love this waist bag worn crossbody in the front or in the back.

Virgil Abloh's trending brand Off-White hits us with this stunning embellished turquoise belt bag that's truly fit for a Princess. This bag can definitely be worn in the evening, and unlike a clutch, you won't lose it at the end of a wild night.

We told you budding brand Nanushka has many chic belt bags to offer you; and this light colored leather bag looks sleek and chic worn crossbody. It's for those days when you want to dress in monochrome or embrace your inner minimalist.

We're fans of the double pouches on Stella McCartney's vegan utility belt bag.

Staring at Maison Margiela's metallic pink belt bag, with a matching little pink coin pouch, makes us happy. Do you feel it, too?

Alexander Wang's logo printed belt bag is the perfect no-fuss bag you need in your closet right now. Wear it anywhere.

It's a pillow, it's a belt bag, it's Maison Margiela's small glam slam bag, that also comes in black if you're interested. The white is just so cute for Summer.

Last but definitely not least on our bum bag list is Burberry's iconic canvas checked logo belt bag. If you're going to wear a fanny pack, you might as well make it iconic!

Making the Fanny Pack fashionable again!

The belt bag aka the bum bag, moon bag, or waist bag— it doesn't matter how you call it, it's definitely a top 2020 handbag trend.

The way things are going, we see this style ranking high on the fashion trends in the near future. With many options, silhouettes, fabrics, textures, price points, etc, there's so much opportunity to make this bag work in your favor.

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Until next time . . .