There was a time when backpacks weren’t a staple in every bag lovers wardrobe, rather they were a shape that was considered on the trendier side. Every season, designers would have one or two backpacks amongst their lineup of bags, but their popularity would fall off depending on the year. Sometimes they would be more prevelant than others, but now it’s clear that backpacks are here to stay. They have consistently been popular amongst bag lovers the last couple of years, and they’ve surpassed the trend stage to become a must-have wardrobe staple.

It’s easy to understand why backpacks have stuck around. They can be incredibly fashionable and chic, but they also have a practicality factor that cannot be ignored. Though there are few other shapes that are as useful as a backpack, When done right, the fanny pack can beat out a backpack, and that’s why I think they have the staying power to outlast the trend phase and become a wardrobe staple too. Here’s why:

Function

Whether you love the look of a fanny pack or not, there’s really little denying how incredibly functional they can be. A good sized fanny pack can hold everything you’d need for a day, or night out—a smart phone, small wallet, phone charger, headphones, miscellaneous cosmetics and even a snack can all fit in a larger style belt bag. The hands free factor is also important to take into account when considering the functionality of a belt bag.

Versatility

Belt bags are pretty versatile, and many offer two, if not, three ways to wear them. They can be worn on the waist as a true belt bag, or slung across the body. I own a belt bag from a contemporary designer, and I find that my favorite way to wear it is across my body. It sits on my upper ribs and doesn’t move much, which honestly is incredibly comforting when living in or traveling to a big city. I’ve also worn my belt bags to crowded places (NYC bars and a couple of concerts), and I felt like my belongings were super secure!

Fashion

Some may disagree, but a belt bag gives off an effortlessly cool vibe, and when done right, they can be pretty chic too. There are so many options now that it’s pretty easy to find a belt bag that suits your style. If you prefer a chicer more uptown look, there’s plenty of leather options from brands like Prada or Fendi. Then, for a sportier downtown look, there’s logo picks from Fendi, Gucci and Balenciaga.

Shop our favorites below!

Fendi Leather Belt Bag ($1,290)

Gucci Logo Belt Bag ($1,290)

Balenciaga Canvas Belt Bag ($895)

Prada Nylon Belt Bag ($870)

Saint Laurent Classic Leather Belt Bag (1,090)

Prada Sidonie Belt Bag ($1,790)

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sev2108
sev2108
2 years ago

I agree, but I would never pay that much for those ^ bags. First of all – why do they all have such prominent labels? UGH.

I think the less expensive and more durable options from Cuyana, Claire V and even Lo & Sons are sleeker, user friendly, and more classic. They also leave more $$ for other bags!

MademoiselleConnasse
MademoiselleConnasse
2 years ago
Reply to  sev2108

I agree that the bags selected above are particularly ugly with their big logos. Who is this desperate for attention???

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
2 years ago

I bought a neon green fanny pack off of the clearance rack at Macy’s. DKNY. $16. I only use it at the gym because I can attach it to the treadmill. It holds a small wallet, phone, keys, stun gun, sunglasses, and headphones (I prefer those to earbuds). It’s perfect because I don’t have to worry about putting it in a locker. Other than that, I’d rather use a crossbody bag as opposed to a fanny pack if I want to be hands-free. I definitely am not paying $1000 for one.

Jerri R
Jerri R
2 years ago

I didn’t think of taking it to the gym, it is a great idea!

Jerri R
Jerri R
2 years ago

I prefer those hybrid bags with similar silhouette to fanny packs but are actually cross body bags. They are slightly roomier and hang flat against your body.

KH4RI
2 years ago

Typo in third paragraph … gold -> hold

Aliza Zibkoff
Aliza Zibkoff
2 years ago

I still hate fanny bags, belt bag and bandoliers. It definitely comes from being vertically challenged. Perhaps if they didn’t make me look even MORE like a fireplug or a carni selling merry go round tickets or a fruit hocker on the corner selling mangos I would like them more. I guess I can say this is something I might aspire to wear when I GROW UP!

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