We all remember the iconic Sex and the City scene: Carrie Bradshaw enters Aidan’s bar wearing a long-sleeve black crop top, a red and white striped pencil skirt and—to the surprise of many—a fanny pack. It’s the outfit you either loved or hated at the time (similar to the controversial detached belt-on-waistline look from another SATC episode, but that’s a conversation for a different day). Fast forward from summer 2001 to summer 2018 and, these days, we’re definitely leaning toward the former as belt bags are absolutely everywhere—solidifying the fact that Bradshaw was and always will be a trendsetter in the truest sense.
If you were on the negative side of the look, we totally understand and empathize with previous apprehensions of the hands-free accessory. Perhaps it’s due to our childhood experience with tacky nylon fanny packs that were convenient in theme park settings and carnivals (don’t deny it, we all had them). However, the ones of late are chic, sleek and contemporary enough to make us turn a corner. And, with any trend, controversial or not, we firmly believe it’s all about design and the way you incorporate it into your personal style.
To prove our point we scoured the market for the best iterations of belt bags. From minimalist styles you can wear from work to weekend to slightly edgier riffs that will take your accessory look up a notch, here are 24 options that will make you want to wear your heart, or handbag, on your hips this season.
Belt Bag It Up
Nehera Anneli Hip Bag
Need Supply Co.
This is the ideal belt bag for anyone wary to try out the trend. It’s sleek, versatile and works year round.
Nanushka Lubo Waist Bag
Need Supply Co.
Add a pop of purple to your look with this divine belt bag.
Ante Fanny Pack
A camel-colored piece is perfect for the '70s-inspired woman.
Prada Nylon and Leather Belt Bag
Perhaps the most chic nylon bag we’ve ever laid eyes upon.
Detachable Leather Belt Bag
It doesn’t have to be summer to wear a white bag, especially if it’s a sleek belt version like this one.
This croc-style ties together two trends, and we're into it.
Polka Dot Benny Belt Bag
A subtle polka dot print is an easy way to add dimension to an outfit.
Wicker Wings Tao Rattan and Leather Belt Bag
We love the juxtaposition between leather and wicker on this covetable find.
Wandler Anna Leather Belt Bag
Au revoir, clutch! Say hello to your new favorite party bag.
Loewe Puzzle Leather Belt Bag
If you love Loewe’s Puzzle Bag then you're sure to fall for the brand’s waist-friendly version.
Evan Crocodile-Effect Leather Belt Bag
We can envision an Olsen wearing this.
Try this version for a slightly athletic take on the look.
Baby Charlie Bumflap
Why not work a little hardware into your belt bag? This circular embellishment is just the right amount.
Zip-Detail Belt Bag
An under-$50 belt bag that looks expensive—we are onboard.
Faux Leather Fanny Pack
The everyday wear-with-everything kind of belt bag.
Round We Go Pocket Belt
If you’re not loving the idea of strapping something around your hips consider something with ropes.
Mini Circle Belt Bag
You can wear this bag across your chest or around the waist—best of both worlds.
Sequin Belt Bag
We’re here for the sparkle (day or night).
Aria Belt Bag
This sand-colored bag is the perfect shade to transition into autumn.
Fendi Belt Bag
If you’re searching for a slightly unconventional designer bag we may have found it.
The contrast white zip pulls take this black belt bag up a notch.
Whiskey Belt Bag
Wear with a floral dress or over your favorite white button-down—this belt bag goes with everything.
Oak + Fort
This no-frills find is perfect for the minimalist.
Belt Bag 3
Your favorite plaid piece for fall has arrived.