The fashion industry may have cleverly renamed them “waist bags” and “belt bags,” but they’re not fooling me. I roller skated to Ace of Bass “I Saw the Sign.” These are glorified fanny packs (known in the UK as “bum bags” since “fanny” means something entirely different) and having just returned home from Orlando, Florida, presumably the birthplace of fanny packs, I know one when I see one. It may have taken a bit longer for fanny packs to trickle down from the runways (the trend was first spotted in early 2013) to the retail stores, but they’re here and they’re happening. From Chanel to Sarah Jessica Parker (not her first time wearing a hands free handbag), the waist bag has gone mainstream and now you’re going to have to experience it… perhaps for the second time. I suppose it could be worse. You could be carrying your dog as a tote.
And there are always upsides to even the most troublesome trends. One brand called their version a “dance bag,” which I guess makes sense if you’re one who frequents nightclubs. Gone are the days of guarding your bag from sticky cranberry juice stains and drunk girls with sticky fingers. Dance the night away with your handbag safely resting on your hips. Hanging your valuables from your waist will also cure the epidemics of uneven arm strength and scoliosis. The only downside is that I don’t believe you’ll be able to safely stash much more than your cash, cards, and beloved iPhone. So looks like you’ll be stuck carrying that shopping bag from Forever21 for all to see.
1. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Fanny Bag, 2. NewbarK Eva Metallic Textured Leather Belt Bag, 3. Clare V Leather Trimmed Shearling Belt Bag, 4. ONE by Erin Dana Evan Large Fanny Pack, 6. What Goes Around Comes Around Louis Vuitton Geronimos Waist Bag, 7. Times Arrow Asia Lamé Dance Belt Bag, 8. Pendleton, The Portland Collection Convertible Belt Bag, 9. B-Low the Belt Samantha Belt Bag, 10. Alexander Wang Leather Belt Bag
Since the belt bag is readily available at many of your favorite shopping outposts, now’s your time to weigh in on the trend.