This is What the Belt Bag Trend Looks Like in 2020
When belt bags (also called fanny packs, hip packs, or, if you’re from the UK, bum bags) debuted in designers’ Spring 2018 collections, the fashion set was quick to jump on the trend and declare the triumphant return of the fanny pack. Despite this, most guys equated the style with The Rock circa 1994—turtleneck, gold chain, and flat top included.
Since then, early adopters like A$AP Rocky proved the style could be cool, and in recent months, athletes like Odell Beckham Jr. and James Crawford have taken the bag into mainstream street fashion. To be sure, the latest models have little in common with the neon pack your mom made you wear to Six Flags when you were six. And, the preferred mode of styling them is not actually over your belt, but slung across your neck like a crossbody. These are the top belt bag trends you need to add to your wardrobe A$AP.
Designer Logo Belt Bags
Any woman will tell you that the ultimate status symbol is the designer bag, and now dudes can finally get in the game. Put it on blast with all-over logo styles from Maison Margiela, Gucci, or Louis Vuitton. Prefer to keep it a little more low key? Opt for classic black with a barely-there monogram from Saint Laurent.
Retro Sport Fanny Pack
Okay, let’s take it back to that lime green nylon bag you wore to Six Flags. The 2020 version of this sporty look is just as practical (plenty of room for sunblock and Fun Dip) with sleeker silhouettes and 21st century aesthetics. Take Off-White’s Two-Pocket Fanny Pack for example, with its money-belt inspired pouches secured by a yellow industrial strap.
Oversized Waist Bags
Oversized, slouchy takes on the fanny pack feel utterly street, as shown by the likes of A$AP Rocky, Anwar Hadid, and Steve Aoiki. Slung across the shoulder, these styles are substantial enough to be worn over a hoodie or jacket, with adjustable straps long enough to jump rope with. For pieces that hit the sweet spot between form and function, we like Maison Marfiela’s Glam Slam bag, made from quilted patent leather, and Off-White’s Maxi Camera fanny pack.
Call it whatever you like—fanny pack, belt bag, hip pack—the waist bag trend is here to stay. The latest models throw it back to the ’90s with contemporary updates, materials, and silhouettes. Dip a toe with an affordable nylon style or invest in a leather designer piece, then rock it slouched across your body like it’s 2020.