Remember when belt bags were the least cool thing you could possibly wear? In (very) recent memory, they were more closely associated with clueless tourists in socks and sandals (also now cool) and failed '90s boy bands than the world’s most influential fashion icons. But, like many things we thought had been left to the history books, the belt bag has been resurrected. And we’re glad. Seen strapped across the chests and balancing on the hips of style fiends like A$AP Rocky and Jared Leto, they come with both hip-hop and Hollywood’s seal of approval.
So how did something more commonly associated with ‘80s fitness instructors become the fashion insider’s go-to accessory? Well, the combined forces of design power houses (see: Gucci and Valentino) and social media’s biggest influencers makes the bag’s newfound popularity inevitable. Not to mention that they’re really practical, especially for the modern man in the digital age, when we have more devices than pockets to put them in. Cue, the bum bag. A pouch for everything, and everything in its pouch.
Some of you might cringe at the prospect of the bum bag, belt bag, fanny pack – whatever you want to call it. We urge you not to. Instead, embrace the trend and see it as a personal challenge to overcome this season. To help you on your way, we’ve pulled together this simple three-step guide to wearing one. Here’s how.