Style News

The How To: How To Wear A Belt Bag Like A Grown Up

The How To: How To Wear A Belt Bag Like A Grown Up

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.

A black Valentino belt bag with a white VLTN logo
A black Valentino belt bag with a white VLTN logo

KEEP IT UNDERSTATED

Not ready for the flouro piping and techy fabrics of Stone Island’s latest must-have? Keep things luxe, low-key and easy to manage with a fine leather belt bag from Valentino. Most of the major fashion players are putting a more refined spin on what was once a sportswear staple with luxury styling and minimalist design elements. Wear yours over a smart pair of trousers, belted around a long-line coat or tucked neatly under the hem of a blazer-and-Tee combo. Wearing a belt bag around your waist may not be revolutionary, but sometimes it’s best to keep things old school.

A male model wearing a Gucci checked coat and a khaki Off-White belt bag strapped across his chest
A male model wearing a Gucci checked coat and a khaki Off-White belt bag strapped across his chest

CHANNEL YOUR INNER MUSIC ICON

Music and fashion, the ultimate bedfellows. From A$AP to Stormzy to Kendrick Lamar, all of the current big names on the scene have demonstrated their penchant for a belt bag. However, unlike our understated advice above, these guys wear them with all of the swagger and braggadocio you’d expect from someone of their level of fame and creativity. Like fashion, music is an experimental medium. As a result, these guys do not tend to wear belt bags (as design intended) around their waists. Oh no. They wear them strapped across their chests, sometimes forwards (making the contents very easily accessible), sometimes backwards (less accessible), always with swag. Give it a go now.

Tan MCM belt bag
Tan MCM belt bag

BE SAVVY

When opting for a belt bag, choose one that will seamlessly integrate with the rest of your wardrobe. If, as outlined above, your style is more sophisticated, don’t select one that is of the colourful, ‘90s activewear persuasion. Wear a lot of black? Good for you – there are a plethora of styles that will work for you (clue: they’re black). Similarly, if streetwear is already a cornerstone of your wardrobe, look to Off-White and Palm Angels for your accessory fix. Don’t force it – you are not a victim to trends.