If you haven’t noticed, fanny packs got a major makeover this year. From the chic new name (they’re called belt bags now) to a legion of super-stylish adopters (Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid are fans) this is not the cringe-inducing nylon pouch of late ’90s. When I first noticed that the accessory was trending, I was skeptical. I never would have thought I’d rock a fanny pack, but here I was, scrolling though Gucci runway photos, and eyeing the red LV x Supreme on street style stars. Turns out, they’re not the dated, though admittedly practical, carryalls of the past—they’re much cooler, and still just as versatile. After all, a belt-bag is the next best thing to going purse-free. Here’s how I styled three different belt bags in three different ways.
1. As an actual belt
Mackage “Karolina” Trench ($950), Pocket Leather Belt ($39.95), at Simons stores. Image by: Danielle Campbell
Belt bags have been reinvented in so many ways that it’s easy to forget that they are, after all, belts. I ran this Simons number through the loops of a trench coat for a look that’s on trend and practical. Bonus: it’s the perfect way to show off a belt bag even when it’s freezing outside.
2. As a cross-body
Charles & Keith Belt Bag ($49 USD), at charleskeith.com. Image by: Danielle Campbell
Still hesitant to try the trend? This is the perfect trick for you: tuck a belt bag under your arm, like a snug cross-body. It’s a more unexpected way to style a belt bag, and not only is it super comfortable, it’s so 2017.
3. Wrapped around your waist
Treasure & Bond x Something Navy Faux Fur Topped Coat ($169), Acne Studios Ribbed Long-Sleeve Sweater ($730), Miu Miu Crystal Embellished Bag ($1,700), Rag & Bone Capri Skinny Jeans ($335), Aquatalia Weatherproof Bootie ($550), at Nordstrom stores. Image by: Danielle Campbell
Don’t have a belt bag? You can still get in on the trend by wrapping a buckled cross-body bag around your waist for a cool, doubled effect. For maximum impact try a bold colour in contrast with a neutral look – like this millennial pink Miu Miu number, or something in fall’s It colour—red.