Sophisticated, jazzy or …You can go wrong on so many levels
Love it or hate it, the waist bag that comes in many different names like bum bag, fanny pack, waist pouch, etc. has made a serious comeback on the autumn-winter catwalks this year. Top designers like Versace, Pucci and Marc Jacobs have embraced the trend, which undoubtedly means we’ll be seeing more of this controversial accessory in the coming months.
The good news though is that the new trend has evolved the retro look of the waist bag into a more sophisticated version of the accessory called the belt bag, which to be honest presents a myriad of highly stylish opportunities to explore without committing a fashion suicide in the process.
The waist bag has been around on the fashion scene since the 90’s when Carrie Bradshaw showcased her Gucci bag in “Sex and the City” TV series, but generally it’s been the most laughable accessory ever associated with the French affection for the banana bag and the functional value that it has to street vendors.
However, ever since supermodels and celebrities started sporting big brands waist bags and upgraded their status to a high-end fad, I kind of feel obliged to offer some defense of this derided accessory and share some advice on how to pull up a decent look.
The glossy elevated version of the waist bag a.k.a. the belt bag can definitely be put to many uses and even made the center piece of your outfit if worn in vibrant colors, used to cinch your waist over a trench or a midi dress and even combined with an updated suit or relaxed-fit jeans and a tee. Just make sure you stay true to your personal style and the belt bag can fast forward your look to new heights.
You can find very wearable waist bags that look like high end fashion items for a fraction of the price on Amazon, which will definitely elevate your style and help you make a statement with this daring accessory.
Wearing a waist bag comes with numerous advantages to say the least. The most undeniable benefit is the hands-free nights out enjoying good company and cocktails when you have a super easy access to your lip gloss, cigarettes or your invaluable phone to commemorate the evening with precious pics and posts of time well-spent. The smartest life hack here is to put the waist bag in your work bag and take it out in the evening to elevate your style and spice up your party look. Not to mention the fact that you can sport an easy breezy street style and run errands while managing to keep the kids in your both hands. So many benefits besides the trendy look offered by one single and yet controversial accessory!
Obviously, you can go wrong on many levels if you just rely on the waist bag to advance your look. The waist bag per se is definitely trickier to wear than the belt bag, the major risk being to appear like “stuck in a time capsule” if you are careless about the material, texture, pattern and overall style of the accessory. Especially if combined with less than a cool outfit to match! So, if you are not super confident about your style, you should certainly reconsider when debating whether to invest in a waist bag.