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The 17 Best Belt Bags to Shop for Summer

Mar 08, 2023Mar 08, 2023

Whether you call them belt bags or fanny packs, these are our favorite.

What lies at the intersection of Jil Sander and REI? No, we didn't think we’d ever pose that question. But yes, there is an answer: belt bags. Fanny pack, hip pack, crossbody bag, sling bag, waist bag, moon bag, or, our favorite English variety, bumbag—the style masquerades under a number of titles. Pseudonyms aside, the belt bag has infiltrated the world of accessories at every tier of the spectrum. From Celine to Fila, Gucci to Lululemon, all the cool kids are wearing one, and for good reason–we swear.

This belt bag has witnessed one hell of an upward trajectory in the past few years. Initially a tacky tourist staple, the fanny pack expanded into a function-forward tenet of the Gorpcore fandom. Now, it's ubiquitous—even Lemaire has thrown their hat in the design game. The handbag's loyal patrons further prove my point. Beyoncé, Bella Hadid, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky—need I go on? So, how does a seemingly garish trend move from fashion fad to wardrobe staple? We believe the key is an undercurrent of utility. Like it or not, a hands-free storage facility is inherently practical, particularly for the active summer season. So why not look good while wearing it? Whether you’re hitting the streets of New York City or driving to the grocery store, peruse the below to ensure a stylish hands-free summer.

Leave it to dynamic duo Luke and Lucie Meier of Jil Sander to brainwash us into thinking fanny packs are irresistibly chic. We’ll be styling this beautiful crossbody bag with perfectly pressed trousers and crisp blouses.

Another understated option, Osoi's leather belt bag appears seamless on the surface with contrasting silver hardware. Plus, there's an adjustable strap depending on how you want yours to sit on your body.

For those who want something simple with a funky twist, opt for Isabel Marant's studded Skano belt bag. The cognac brown clutch bag features a two-tone zipper and an adjustable strap.

If you’re brave enough to chance white leather in the elements, might we suggest Proenza Schouler's White Label sling bag? A testament to its versatility, the bag can be worn slung cross-body or resting above your, well, fanny (apologies to our UK readers).

Lemaire's top-handle belt bag can be worn both slung on your hips and as a clutch—hence the top-handle. Detach the strap and you have a whole new style.

Closed Official's crossbody bag is the perfect addition to a neutral look. The brightly-hued style features an adjustable strap that fits through your belt loops.

Yes, Baggu does more than produce your favorite shopping tote—just look at their crescent belt bag. This nylon fanny pack is perfect for a long day of hands-free errand running.

If you’re down to splurge, we suggest Saint Laurent's round quilted belt bag. The YSL logo (forever a classic) adds an element of timelessness to the bag, along with a chain-style belt.

Lululemon's cult favorite Everywhere belt bag is a crowd pleaser for a reason. The nylon fanny pack is made from water-repellent fabric and the simple design keeps this bag from feeling too utilitarian—wear yours with anything from swimsuits to sweatpants.

Somewhere between a belt bag and a shoulder bag lies A.P.C.'s Nino style. Dubbed menswear, the bum bag can slot into almost any closet.

For those embracing a coastal grandmother feel this summer, L/Uniform has your perfect solution. This true belt bag will add a waist to any piece of outerwear on a chilly night.

Fjallraven's recycled nylon fanny pack is another option for those looking for something a bit more practical. The hip pack is waterproof and comes at a very affordable price.

Clare V knows how to add a subtle dose of flair to an everyday staple, which she does here in her rattan "grande" fanny pack. Add a tortoise shortie strap for even more fun.

Coach has the perfect belt bag for those looking for a simple silhouette. Their no-frills "Bethany" style features the classics: black leather and gold hardware.

When it comes to Gucci's take on the accessory, we’re leaning into their heritage with the well-known "GG" print. The "Ophidia" style calls for something simple—think a button-down and denim shorts.

Celine's belt bag is, unsurprisingly, simple yet chic. Their Triomphe style translates well to this mini edition. Plus, this one will actually fit through your belt loops.

If you’re embracing "bloke" core this summer, look no further than Fila's nylon belt bag. For an affordable (water-resistant) option, score yours on Amazon for just $15.

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