Bum Bags are officially back in fashion after featuring in several catwalk shows this year including Gucci, Mui Mui, Saint Laurent, and Stella McCartney.
Reinvented for the millennial age, the iconic bum bag (or fanny pack if you’re American) is now known as a “belt bag” and is this year’s must-have fashion accessory.
To avoid looking like an ‘80s middle-aged tourist, it’s important to wear your bag with style – use it as a belt to cinch in a kimono jacket or over a flowing dress or pair it with high waisted jeans for a ‘90s inspired look. Men can wear them cross-body style or slung over a shoulder.
Here are some of the best bum bags of this season to suit all budgets so you can keep all your important items to hand in a fashionable way.
This unisex and understated bum bag from Swedish shoemakers Vagabond goes with any outfit and has plenty of space for all your essentials. Go casual and wear it over jeans and a baggy sweatshirt or wear it over a print dress with matching black leather boots for a boho look.
£75 from ASOS
This Moschino bag reinvents the traditional ‘80s and ‘90s bum bag style in textured black leather with gold-coloured hardware and Moschino logo. It has two pockets for your essentials such as bank cards, lipstick, and mobile phone. It’s ideal for bringing a bit of glamour to your festival wardrobe.
£525 from Net-A-Porter
Want to add some sparkle to your life? This cute and compact sparkling bum bag has gold-coloured hardware and an embroidered Mi-Pac logo on the front. The perfect size for all your essentials, this bag is also water-resistant to keep everything safe and dry in even the soggiest of British weather.
£19.99 from John Lewis
Neat and compact, this textured faux leather belt bag is available in black and carbon grey and brings a simplistic elegance to any outfit. If you don’t want to wear it as a belt, the bag portion slips off so you can carry it as a clutch bag.
£73 from lyst.com
The clever design of this feminine bag from Miu Miu means you can wear it either as a normal shoulder bag or as a belt bag, with a thin detachable leather belt. The bag features an oversized buckle embellished with faux pearls and crystals. The bag is available in Orchid (blush pink) or black leather, or tartan wool with black leather fastening and strap.
£950 from Net-A-Porter
One for the boys. This oversized bum bag from Scandinavian brand Weekday is fashioned in dark grey textured fleece with a silver zipper. Much bigger than most bum bags, it will hold several books and makes a great college or work bag.
£35 from ASOS
This slim but roomy belt bag in red goat suede has clean lines and a simple profile. Two zip pockets provide space for all your essentials and the bag can be worn either around your waist with the thin strap, or as a clutch.
£180 from Net-A-Porter
This cute and girly ‘90s style bum bag looks great with jeans and casual outfits. It features a gem-encrusted “SAVAGE” logo on the front and a contrasting black zipper. The Skinnydip brand specialises in bags and accessories for girls who just want to have fun.
£18 from ASOS
For the ultimate in festival chic, this boho bum bag in black suede looks great with dresses or jeans. Wear it with oversized gold jewellery to match the buckle detailing.
£32 from ASOS
This unusual ‘80s style belt bag comes with two pouches – one round and one rectangular. Both pouches and the belt are in mirrored silver leather. Ring-pull zippers complete the retro look. You can wear both pouches at the same time, or switch between the two to create a different look. The bag can also be worn cross-body as well as at the waist.
£760 from Net-A-Porter