Let me be real, when my kids were younger, I always felt like I needed big bags to carry everything. I believed I was too cool for a diaper bag and my go-to bag was a stylish big bag which held snacks, change of clothing, etc. Once they got older, I found myself no longer needing big bags and naturally started gravitating towards smaller bags.
Although I have an awesome collection of large bags, I have found myself buying more and more small bags. I find that all I need when going out are my keys and wallet, hence smaller bags just make sense. In the past, I could never really understand smaller bags and couldn’t understand why mini bags were more expensive for less bag (I will go over why in another blog post- stay tuned). But even with the close price-point to the larger size option, I still found myself navigating towards smaller options.
My new found love for mini bags and the luxury of having to carry less, made it easy for me to once again embrace one of the most sought-after bag trends right now. The belt bag aka fanny pack.
Taking it back to the 90s, and early 2000s
How many of you had a fanny pack growing up in the 80s/90s? I know I did! Fast forward to the early 2000s when major brands decided to revamp the good old fanny pack and give it a stylish edge. Prada and Gucci were some of the brands that made this trend stylish and in demand. I remember my first fanny pack, it was Gucci and I loved it. The trend eventually went away, and logo prints were no longer cool. I eventually got rid of mine, only for the brand to reintroduce the same bag 7 years later.
My first fanny pack is still available 10 years after I bought it! Shop (HERE)
Why I am obsessed with belt bags
The second time around, I love the trend just as much as I did the first time, if not more. I am obsessed with this trend for several reasons, with these two reasons being at the top of the list.
1. It’s convenient
2. It’s extremely stylish and versatile.
Convenience is big for many people, and more on trend than ever. It is no surprise that major designers have hopped on the trend of convenience, and are making belt bags. Not only does it make life easy to just grab and go, but it adds a level of style to any outfit. As a soccer mom, our weekends are spent on the soccer field, or at gymnastics. It’s nice to have one less item like a purse to have to worry while running from practice to games. Traveling with a belt bag is a game changer. I had no idea that having an extra bag on my person would make my travel experience so much better. Since the first time I traveled with my belt bag, I have not stopped wearing it to travel. I no longer find myself digging through my big travel bag trying to find my passport and credit cards. My important documents are on me, making them easily accessible. In addition to my carry-on and purse, my belt bag serves as an extra bag to travel with.
Styling and Versatile
Due to the various styles of this bag silhouette, it is no longer viewed as just a functional bag. They are stylish and do a great job of completing any outfit of the day. Belt bags are the perfect accessory to give your outfit a chic or casual vibe and can be worn in a variety of ways. After speaking with a few of my friends, I realized that there are quite a few people that believe they cannot pull off the look. Pulling off the belt bag trend is a lot easier than you think. Here are some stylish ways to wear the look and nail the trend.
How to style belt bags
- Over a coat to create a chic winter look
- Over or under a blazer/suit jacket
- As a cross-body bag, and worn over one shoulder
- Go casual – over a pair of jeans or biker shorts
- Wear over a jumpsuit
- Take the belt off and wear as a clutch
- Wear over a fitted waist skirt
- Wearing over a sweatshirt to travel
- wear over chunky sweaters
- Sophisticated- chic over a dress
IMAGES C/O NETAPORTER AND WHOWHATWEAR
IMAGES C/O NETAPORTER AND WHOWHATWEAR
LOOK 1: black turtleneck // beige midi skirt // black boots // black sunglasses // belt bag
LOOK 2: plaid shirt // black midi skirt // snakeskin boots // ysl red belt bag