The industry is well known for its questionable comebacks, often presented to us under the guise of a fancy new moniker. Like it or not, the Nineties staple is back – this is how to style yours must-have accessory is the bumbag. In this post you are about to see ways how to wear a bum bag and not look like a tourist, in other words, saying, we gonna witness chic ways to wear the bumbag as an adult.
I am a big fan of this accessory. Why? It is extremely practical, as you can easily pair bum bag with a dress or a suit, plus it is safe to wear it on your waist, so you don’t have to worry if someone can steal something valued from your bag, a fanny pack is always in the attention of your eyes.
The start of a new season provides the perfect opportunity to give your style an overhaul. But just as some pieces will be relegated to the back of your wardrobe, there’s one sartorial mishap from years gone by that’s steadily making its way back into the fashion fold.
The industry is well known for its questionable comebacks, often presented to us under the guise of a fancy new moniker – case in point: scrunchies have been rebranded as hair clouds – and the bumbag is no exception. Belt bag, fanny pack or whatever you want to call it, the divisive accessory which was once the preserve of snap-happy tourists is officially “in” once more. It’s official, the humble bum bag is making it big as a fashion accessory this summer.
Ever since the 90s died, the bum bag has been considered ugly and unfashionable. But it’s back with a vengeance this season and the inner mammy in us is delighted. This bag is extremely practical for those heading off on a sun holiday or a backpacking trip because it’s virtually impossible to pickpocket. But just because the bum bag has been taken off the fashion police’s wanted list, doesn’t mean you can wear it any old way.
The rule to getting the bum bag trend right is to wear it with pieces you would least likely pair it with and especially not with classic tourist clothes. For example, do not wear a bum bag while donning an ‘I Heart NYC’ t-shirt. Or any other destination for that matter. Polo necks are out while wearing a bum bag too, as is cargo shorts. Instead, wear your bum bag, or as the fashionistas like to call is, a belt bag, with chic tailored pieces. The bag also looks great with polished outfits such as a dress.
The A-listers are killing it with their bum bag style in recent months, especially Rosie Huntington Whitely who has been spotted wearing hers with statement cheetah print coats and check print blazers. Proving that this trend is for women of all ages, Helen Mirren recently stepped out on the red carpet wearing her belt bag with a classic black suit. The options here are endless. Wear it on your hips, across the body, through the loops in your favorite pair of jeans or, our favorite, layered over the top of a jacket to cinch in the waist.
The retro fanny pack is BACK. Now, we know that some designers are trying to disguise fanny packs by giving them fancy names like belt bags, bum bags, and waist belts—but yep, they’re still fanny packs. They just got a seriously chic update. Instead of the doofy nylon ones you associate with tourists or dads, we’re now seeing leather, embellishments, and various types of straps so you can wear it multiple ways—and much, much more. Whether you’re fully embracing your inner 90’s kid or still hesitate to kiss your cross-body goodbye, ahead we culled a handful of our favorite street style looks, plus 15 brand-new bags that your waist will be begging to wear.