Belt bags are a throwback to a bygone era. We're reminded yet again of how useful, trendy, and space-saving they are. The fanny pack, moon bag, or waist bag are all names for these versatile pouches that are designed for easy access to your essentials. Store your elusive gadgets and trinkets in this pouch instead of digging around in your tote or handbag for AirPods. It's always close at hand, wrapped around the hips or slung across the body.
Belt bags have come a long way since the basic nylon fanny packs of the 1980s. "The most popular silhouettes are sporty, such as those worn to the gym or on a run." Then there are the high-end belt bags by Bottega Veneta, Prada, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, which can be as slim as a belt. "They'll be made of leather, nylon, and fabric," said Sherry Fikry, a certified fashion stylist from Dubai's FAD Institute of Fashion and Luxury.
It should also comfortably fit your essentials, depending on the application. You should be able to quickly reach out and grasp what you're looking for. If you're going to be fumbling about right when you need something, it entirely defeats the purpose. A bag's security is also important. If you're always on the move or in a crowd, investing in a bag with a secure flap and a smooth zip pocket with quick access is a sensible investment.
On a night out, Fikry frequently wears her Dior Saddle belt bag, sometimes over or under a blazer. "It's functional, stylish, and hands-free - you don't really need to carry a handbag around." "Many fashion bloggers in Dubai own one or two belt bags," she added. On TikTok, street fashion dictates that you loop your pouch over your shoulder, similar to a crossbody bag. While a waist bag can be worn both ways, Fikry believes that "the crossbody look comes off a bit cooler because the bag is not meant to be worn that way." We went ahead and asked Fikry for some tried-and-true fanny pack styling tips.
Everything is determined by the size of the pouch. Smaller bags with clean silhouettes look best tied around the waist and worn over a coat, shirt dress, or blazer. Branded belt bags with a clear monogram can also serve as a fashion statement, "as long as you don't have another logo on your clothes." Choose larger, athletic bags for the crossbody look, which are usually best paired with athleisure wear. Check out Fikry's picks below, which are interspersed with TikTok-trending waist packs. Get rid of the bulky bags and get your new belt bag from Amazon with a Prime membership for free next-day delivery.
The Everywhere Belt Bag is, in a literal sense, everywhere. For good reason, Lululemon is the top related keyword in TikTok belt bag searches. It's not too big or too small for your necessities, which go inside the main compartment - your phone is easily accessible from the dedicated slip pocket within. The belt bag's one-litre capacity accommodates your wallet, keys, glosses, and other items. Wear it over your shoulder with your best athleisure ensemble. To match, choose from 12 vibrant colours.
For those looking to move beyond minimalist designs, Fikry recommends quilted belt bags. Alternate with this sophisticated Guess fanny pack, designed in a quilted faux-leather fabric that bears no resemblance to nylon. It's a puffer crossbody bag with a large zip pocket and a wide adjustable strap embossed with Guess branding. The bag is also available in futuristic silver, in addition to black.
A true utility bag has numerous pockets stitched into a small surface area. Adidas' uber-cool waist pack features a large main compartment with zippered interior and exterior pockets, as well as an interior key fob. According to Fikry, it exudes the ultimate athletic look that pairs perfectly with jogger pants and sneakers. Where a nylon pack will not suffice, a leather belt bag may. Dress up with Kate Spade New York's Leila, a warm camel-colored pebbled leather fanny pack. Unlike our previous picks, this bag has a croissant shape that fits snugly across the chest. There's an outside pocket, a main compartment, and three credit card slots.
According to reviews, the material is soft to the touch, with buttery zippers, and the colour can be worn with almost any outfit. Buy with 0% interest and pay Dh47.45 per month for 12 months with select banks. Herschel's Fourteen waist pack is the ideal grab-and-go daily accessory. Because of how well the bag complements your wardrobe, you'll reach for it frequently. It's small, has one compartment, and a flattering silhouette, making it a must-have basic belt bag for your collection. According to users, its one-litre capacity holds their phone, lip balm, card holder, keys, and other miscellaneous items. The Fourteen Hip Pack is available in a variety of solid colours and prints, ranging from floral to camo.
Set out on adventures with your supplies close at hand. The Oakley Clean Days belt bag is made of the tear-resistant fabric Codura and nylon and is rugged, durable, and water-repellent. In addition to the main pocket, there is an external zippered compartment and a Velcro-closure pocket on each side. According to reviewers, it packs quite well for a small-sized belt bag. You can count on the material to withstand the elements, rain or shine.
A large-capacity belt bag is ideal for a long-haul flight. The Friendly Swede belt bag is popular among reviewers because it is water-resistant, lightweight, and wipes clean without damaging the soft rubber material. Inside, there are enough compartments for your passport, vaccination cards, dog's water bowl, wallet, and phone. A detachable key fob secures your valuables.