Trend to Try - Vacation Edition: Belt Bags

June 07, 2011

Headed out for a summer vacation? Ditch the heavy hobo and try on a belt bag for lighter travels.
Trend to Try - Vacation Edition: Belt Bags

If anyone knows how to start a trend it’s Marc Jacobs. The designer has been hell bent on bringing back the fanny pack for multiple seasons now, and his day has finally come. Jacobs first planted the seed in Spring 2010, and both his Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton collections included bum bags (but only a few so as not to overwhelm us with their revival). Of course, in order for a trend to catch on more than just one person has to be backing it. Spring 2011… enter, Jaeger London, DVF, Hermes, Pucci and more.

While the term "fanny pack" gives us a bad case of '80s flashbacks, these updated versions are the perfect addition to your summer vacation wardrobe. You'll be keeping your valuable cash and credit stash close, while leaving your hands and arms free for snapping photos and shopping 'til you drop.

Spring 2011 belt bags from Emilio Pucci, Hermés, Diane von Furstenberg, Jaeger London.

On the runway
Belt bags (a much more fashionable title) riddled the runways last September. They were paired with everything from lady-like dresses to skirts and jumpsuits, showing us that despite the bag’s sporty history, it can be quite versatile.


On the street    
Is anyone surprised that one of the first celebs to sport a fanny pack in recent history was Rihanna in 2009? The pop star wore the Louis Vuitton bum bag while out in London paired with a body-con dress and combat boots. Another stylish young girl who was early to the trend is Jane Aldridge from Sea of Shoes (above left) who blogged about her bag in early 2010. But the one woman who should be credited with starting the trend years ago is none other than the always fashion-forward Carrie Bradshaw. Other bloggers  getting on board include Hanneli (top left), who also snapped this look on the above right, and Claire from De Lune (above middle).

Clockwise from left: Matt & Nat canvas fanny pack, $49.99; Lilliputian pouch belt, $69.95; Topshop suede pouch belt, $28; Chloé belt pouch, $480; Maison Martin Margiela, $132.99.

How to wear and what to buy
If you’re in the market for the belt bag, we suggest buying one made of a luxe material (like the Sang A version on the top left in alligator) or tricked out with rich hardware. You want your bag to look like an intentional fashion statement rather than an ironic rehash of yesteryear. Also, keep in mind that most small crossbody bags with adjustable straps can be worn around the waist so you might already have a belt bag in your closet!

This is a great vacation alternative because if you’re doing a lot of walking, you’ll save your shoulder a lot of stress. Belt bags are also great for going out with girlfriends since your hands will be free for drinks and dancing. As for how to wear, keep the rest of your outfit simple with minimal accessories so your hips can do all the talking.

Lifespan: ★★★
Although it might not be worth breaking the bank on a belt bag, we can at least guarantee you that it’s something that will come around again. If you’re a fashion risk taker, definitely go for it. On the flip side, don’t you sometimes feel naked without a bag on your shoulder or in your clutches? That could be tough getting used to. In the end, we’re guessing this is just a short stop on the way back to crossbody-ville but least we can all enjoy it for now!

Will you be getting hip to a belt bag this spring?

1 Comment

  • Blanca  Blandon

    over 2 years ago

    Blanca Blandon

    Love this trend! Convenient and stylish! Not your typical fanny pack, no way!

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