Trend Alert: Belt Bags
16 August 2018

Trend Alert: Belt Bags

The belt bag or waist pouch, also known to Americans as the fanny pack, or the bum bag to Brits, has been gaining traction for some time now. What began as a throwback to the 80s a few seasons ago, has become cemented as a bona fide trend. Like the backpack, this is yet another example of something designed with practicality and utilitarianism in mind, which has transcended into the fashion realm.

Marc Jacobs Belt Bag

What’s really great about belt bags is that they’re totally a unisex type of bag, so you can totally steal it off your significant other and vice versa. Part of its popularity also stems from the fact that you have your hands free, which is great, especially if you need to do a spot of grocery shopping, need to run out for some errands, at the airport, or in any other circumstance where you need both hands free, like during a sample sale maybe? 😉 Or perhaps even if you’re just channelling that athleisure kinda vibe to go with your look and outfit.

Proenza Schouler Belt Bag

Canvas, leather, quilted, studded, logo-ed, fringed, chain link fastenings, snap closures, of the traditional zip-top variety, or even with drawstring closures à la many a bucket bag – you name it, there’s probably a variant of it. Sportswear labels and designer brands alike have introduced them in a myriad of interpretations, as part of their collections, both on and off the runway. They can be worn on the hips or waist, or even crossbody-style against your chest, or on your back, like those diagonal backpacks (pic above).

Buscemi Belt Bag

Personally, though, despite its fashion forward styles that it now comes in, I still don’t think I’d ever wear one because the memory of seeing my mum with those utilitarian ones whenever we go on trips when I was a wee toddler in the 80s, still haunts me. I know that trends come and go in cycles, and have no problems at all with the old becoming new again, but the belt bag is something that is, to me, firmly rooted as a relic of the 80s.

If you’re a fan of the belt bag, though, check out the Top 10 I’ve curated below, as well as those featured in the top image above! Oh and I’ve also included some wallet-friendly picks below 😉


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