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Would You Wear… a Belt-Loop Bag?


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We know what you’re thinking. “Belt-loop bag? You mean fanny pack! We can’t deny that the two products have the same basic concept, but there are some differences that we are here to point out.

This season, the fanny pack has gotten classy. So classy, in fact, that Chanel even has a version. Patent leather, quilted, rustic, and unique prints are just a few of the unique styles popping up in stores under the term “belt bag” or “belt loop bag”. And the main thing they all have in common? These bags attach to your belt loops (or include their own – usually non-nylon – belt, meant to fit through loops on your jeans).

Despite its obvious association with the fanny pack, this trend does have its upsides. Think of when you’re clothes shopping with a bulky purse in your hands. Having a hands-free bag makes the process so much easier. Choosing a purse for a sporting event or music festival is always tricky for the same reason. A bag that attaches to your belt loop makes practical sense.

Honestly, we are on the fence about this trend. The concept is fantastic, but we can’t help reminiscing about those bulky, canvas fanny packs of the ’80s and ’90s and it’s not a look we’re raring to relive.

If you’re willing to give this trend a shot, we have some suggestions…

Product Information: 1 – Target, 2 – Forever 21, 3 – Nasty Gal, 4 – Topshop

Would you wear a belt-loop bag?

Or is this look just too much like a fanny pack for your taste? (Do you disagree with designers calling it a “belt loop bag”? We’re still on the fence!) Do you think the practicality and cool styles outweigh the downsides? If yes, how would you wear this? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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33 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Belt-Loop Bag?”

  1. 1
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    It was only a matter of time before this style returned.
    The transition from cross-body to shoulder, now fanny pack or belt loop bag.

    I like it, but I do find it a little off putting to see this bag resurrected after people have made fun of it for many years.

  2. 2
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I have to admit, that brown leather #1 has kind of stolen my heart!

  3. 3
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I’d never wear one. Period. If I need hands free I go for the cross body bag, so much more aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

  4. 4
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    The only place this should be seen is an amusement park. I’ve seen this trend sneak in at Disneyland with some women sportin a classy high end leather bag on their hip. If you gotta go hands free go for it. But for me, someone with hips and a butt it only adds bulk and I don’t feel it looks good on me. Small and straight framed gals can pull it off with some skinny pants, loose top tucked in and aviators.

  5. 5
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Yeah….. this is a fanny pack. I pass ;)

  6. 6
    October 8th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I think prevalent trend going around is renaming already established fashion wears. Plaid prints are now being called tartan and being slapped with a higher price tag, and now I guess fanny packs are coming back as belt-loop bags. Granted the belt-loop bags are a lot more fashionable than the hipster-worn fanny packs, but I’m completely content with a cross-body bag.

  7. 7
    October 8th, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Fannypacks are the coolest, I must have one

  8. 8
    October 8th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    While I’m not sure if I like this trend (probably because it’s ingrained in my mind as the fanny pack), it is definitely handy…or should I say hands-free? :)

  9. 9
    October 8th, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Even Kourtney K isn’t pulling this trend off! I think I’ll pass.

  10. 10
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Honestly, I think I’m going to pass this one up.

  11. 11
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Ehhhh I’m tempted but this is treacherous territory.

  12. 12
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    The only way I’d wear one of those. Is if it was one replicating the viking sword and pouch belt! :)

  13. 13
    October 8th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Same with a few other girls, if I need to go hands free I will use a crossbody bag. I will say that the first one is less intrusive then the one from F21. Even the F21 bag is labeled as “Fanny Pack” on their website. They might be useful though if zombies attack and I need a spot to keep my “necessities” but I just don’t see them being practical or fashionable for the real world. A cute tiny crossbody is so much better looking.

  14. 14
    October 8th, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    To me it still looks like a fanny pack, wether it has a Chanel logo on it or not, and even though I personally would never wear it I could see the appeal to use it for a music festival or an event of that kind.

  15. 15
    October 8th, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Yikes, no thanks!

  16. 16
    October 8th, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Changing the name does not make these any less hideous. I don’t even see how these would be good for an amusement park or music festival. I mean, how are you supposed to navigate a port-a-potty with these things attached to your belt loops? As many others have already said, cross-body bags are cute and functional, I’ll be sticking to those.

  17. 17
    October 8th, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    I would wear it; I have always wanted one since I was never big on bags and purses.

  18. 18
    October 8th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I feel like a small crossbody bag serves the same basic function, but is infinitely better looking. I think a fanny pack is a fanny pack, no matter how high-fashion it gets :/

  19. 19
    October 8th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    As a piece to wear in daily life, I’m going to have to say no. When I was a kid my mom had a blue nylon/polyester fanny pack that we called her “pouch”; it lasted until I was in third grade or so. Thanks to that, I can never take a fanny/belt pack seriously in modern-day wear.

    However, I am a part of a medieval re-creation group, and that first leather belt-loop bag would be great for events!

  20. 20
    October 8th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    The need for hands-free is why we created the crossbody bag.

    Gonna pass.

  21. 21
    October 8th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    It’s all marketing by changing the name don’t fall for it its still a fanny pack. The crossbody bag serves the same function allows you to keep your hands free and it looks a whole lot better than a fanny pack.

  22. 22
    October 8th, 2013 at 11:07 pm


    *Ahem* I’m sorry. But when I was kid I ADORED my fanny pack…
    That is, until I was made fun of by my friends for having one. After that I threw my beloved fanny pack in the trash. I always wished fanny packs would become socially acceptable again. And now, my life is complete.

  23. 23
    October 9th, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I’m pretty sure that the fashion industry is renaming the ‘fanny pack’ to ‘belt loop bag’ so that they can easier market it in England. I’m sure you all know that fanny means something completely different over here.

  24. 24
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:20 am

    They’re fanny packs. It seems like they try to bring them back every couple of years. I don’t think it’ll take off, and I wouldn’t wear one in daily life.

    As a geology grad student, however, I’m probably going to get the first one from Target. It’s much more stylish than utility belts typically marketed to field geologists, and I could keep a hand lense or some small pencils in it while hiking. But I’ll never wear it in civilization!!

  25. 25
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:33 am

    A fanny pack is a fanny pack is a fanny pack ;)
    Translation: It may be made from leather (which isn’t all that new, my dad had a hand-tooled leather fanny pack he took on vacation for years) and have a Chanel logo slapped on it but there’s no way anyone’s getting me to wear one. I’ll stick to my cross-body bags and wristlets, thank you.

  26. 26
    October 9th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    In the UK they’re called bum bags! I don’t think I’ll be wearing these on a daily basis, although maybe they’re be useful on holiday!

  27. 27
    October 9th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    The fanny pack returns!! I feel as though I have waited my whole life for this very moment. So freaking great! :) I love me a good fanny pack!

  28. 28
    October 11th, 2013 at 1:15 am

    I think i’m in the minority when i say this but I absolutely love this trend! I’ve always been a fan of the fanny pack and I can’t wait to wear it again! :)

  29. 29
    October 11th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    I have a Michael Kors & I love it however, I don’t use it all the time. It only goes with certain styles but it does make an outfit look pop. It’s a modern twist to fanny packs.

  30. 30
    October 26th, 2013 at 5:36 am

    I’d take #1 and apply directly to a steampunk outfit.

    You can get away with a lot of things if you’re a steampunk.

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