We all remember the iconic Sex and the City scene: Carrie Bradshaw enters Aidan’s bar wearing a long-sleeve black crop top, a red and white striped pencil skirt and—to the surprise of many—a fanny pack. It’s the outfit you either loved or hated at the time (similar to the controversial detached belt-on-waistline look from another SATC episode, but that’s a conversation for a different day). Fast forward from summer 2001 to summer 2018 and, these days, we’re definitely leaning toward the former as belt bags are absolutely everywhere—solidifying the fact that Bradshaw was and always will be a trendsetter in the truest sense.
If you were on the negative side of the look, we totally understand and empathize with previous apprehensions of the hands-free accessory. Perhaps it’s due to our childhood experience with tacky nylon fanny packs that were convenient in theme park settings and carnivals (don’t deny it, we all had them). However, the ones of late are chic, sleek and contemporary enough to make us turn a corner. And, with any trend, controversial or not, we firmly believe it’s all about design and the way you incorporate it into your personal style.
To prove our point we scoured the market for the best iterations of belt bags. From minimalist styles you can wear from work to weekend to slightly edgier riffs that will take your accessory look up a notch, here are 24 options that will make you want to wear your heart, or handbag, on your hips this season.