The 10 Best Belt Bags That Can Elevate Any Outfit
The bumbag made a prominent comeback around this time last year, but if it felt a bit too ‘90s for you, then you’re going to love the new grown-up, glossy version of the accessory – the belt bag. Not only is it one of the key accessories with the street-style set this season, but also made a splash on Autumn/Winter 2019 ramps of Gucci, Versace and Burberry.
Fast-forward a couple of months and the high street has firmly taken notes from the catwalk, with the bag being coveted as the it accessory to carry your everyday essentials. No longer defined purely as a tourist’s passport carrier, the belt bag has been reimagined as everything from a sleek leather bag cinched at the waist to a statement over-the-shoulder, or cross body bag.
Already a hit with celebrities, Bella Hadid was seen pairing her summer outfits with a black Alexander Wang bag slung nonchalantly over her shoulder, while Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner favoured a classic vintage Chanel.
The belt bag can bring a polished overtone to your workwear outfit or define that narrow waistline when wrapped around an oversized silhouette – especially boyfriend blazers and poufy dresses, no matter how frothy the ruffles.
What we personally love about this trend is its utilitarian meets glam vibe. From Gucci’s hip-hugging bum bag to D&G’s logomania take on the trend, see our verdict of the best belt bags to buy now.
The brown suede Gucci belt bag presents the house’s most famed codes in a whole new guise. Imagine it over a vintage print midi dress or ankle-grazing pleated skirt.
Versace put a contemporary spin on the belt bag with this bright blue tone and quilted detailing. And star of the show is of course, the glistening logo plaque at the center featuring intricate leaf detailing. This one will really pop against your pale blue jeans. The brighter the better, we say.
Plush red leather and pony fur lobster lock, what’s not to love about this micro-sized bag by Rebecca Minkoff. We are bookmarking this for our next night out.
One of our favourite new accessory labels, Wandler aces the belted obsession with this snazzy zebra print and calf hair option, which ticks off two trends in one. To double the impact pair this with a matching zebra stripe tee.
Our love for anything that’s PVC is only too apparent. This compact, candy orange logo bag by Stella McCartney makes carrying our mundane essentials look so damn cool.
You can’t really go wrong with a black leather quilted bag, can you? And the hint of gold just elevates the OG appeal of this classic number by Love Moschino. Slip this on your two piece trouser suit or favourite pair of jeans to look classy as hell.
A structured belt bag in monogram print leather with a Thomas Burberry gold clasp is so quintessentially Brit. Cinch this around the waist with a pretty midi dress for a dainty day time look. You can also detach the belt to carry it as a clutch if you are stepping out for cocktails later.
Take your style cues from the street and wear this fuchsia padded Prada offering swung over one shoulder. Add a puffy bomber jacket to score high on style.
Get sporty with this all-over monogram DG logo print. The bag can be worn as a crossbody or around the waist depending on your mood. Pro tip: Knee-length leggings and a monogram belt bag is the new athleisure power pairing. Buckle up.
Balenciaga continues to proudly name drop, with this logo-print bag. Imagined in a bold bubble gum pink, it’s gorgeously girly. Wear with an oversized floaty frock this autumn to define your silhouette.