Belt bags are one of the season's most divisive trends. An updated version of your mom's fanny pack from the '80s, the modern waist bag has been dubbed a more fashionable way to go hands-free on your busiest days. And if you've been hesitant to jump on board, Elle Fanning's red belt bag proves the trend doesn't have to make a massive statement.
If you're trying to dress more elevated at the airport, look no further than Fanning's travel outfit from May 12. Fanning, who touched down in France just ahead of the 72nd Annual Cannes Film Festival, has delivered enviable looks left and right as of late. While she might be young, the actor proves her sartorial prowess with looks that are perfectly tailored and never over styled.
Fanning's belt bag featured a quilted leather pattern in a statement-making red color with gold hardware. The chain detailing on the bag's slim waistband added a luxurious touch to the otherwise simple silhouette. Plus, the bag's petite, boxy style was a smart choice for the airport (having your travel essentials front and center is much more convenient than digging through a bottomless tote bag).
The younger Fanning sister styled the accessory with an oversized cream suit by Stella McCartney and a pale blue button-down. Her accessories – a pair of Gucci slides and statement-making luggage from Louis Vuitton — were perfect for navigating the crowded terminal.
Fanning isn't the only celebrity that has experimented with the belt-bag trend this season. Everyone from Kendall Jenner to Katy Perry has opted for the trendy new style in lieu of a classic handbag recently. The best part about this trend, though, is that you don't have to spend a fortune to get the look. While some celebrities gravitate towards luxe options, Lupita Nyong'o recently wore a canvas version from backpack brand Herschel.
Surprisingly, the belt-bag trend is incredibly versatile. Brands like Alexander Wang have put out more slouchy, athleisure-inspired versions made from fabrics like nylon for spring and summer. On the other hand, Chanel recently sent a more tailored version down its Spring/Summer 2019 Ready To Wear runway. So, if you're not ready to purchase an oversized, sporty version of the trend, try going for one with more feminine, classic detailing like Fanning.
When worn in a smaller size, belt bags can actually look more like a staple piece in your wardrobe than just a passing fad. The key to making the trend look a bit more classic? Go for less heavily branded pieces that have a more structured silhouette, or choose bags with subtle detailing. Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the best belt bags on the market right now.