Bum bags, fanny packs, belt bags… Whatever you call them, these relics of the 80s have returned with a vengeance. Their appeal lies not only in their current coolness, but also in their undeniable practicality. Need both hands free? Strap on a bum bag. Not feeling your massive tote? Strap on a bum bag. From shopping to travelling, doing the school run or a night out dancing with the girls, this is your new go-to bag. And don’t forget the added bonus of a bum bag conveniently cinching your waist to highlight your curves. Functional and fashionable, it ticks all the boxes.
But how to wear it without looking like a tourist? The key is in pairing it with tailored pieces such as chic midi dresses, fitted suits, blazers and jeans, and jumpsuits. Here are three ways to rock your bum bag:
Look 1: As a belt
How: Instead of a belt, thread a cool leather bum bag in your jeans for a look that says effortless French chic.
Wear with: Mid-rise straight cut or boyfriend jeans, a plain T, blazer and box-fresh white sneakers.
Don’t wear with: Tight skinny jeans, which will create the illusion of a sausage tied with string!
Look 2: Skirt the look
How: Give a dress or skirt an unexpected accent by accessorising with a bum bag.
Wear with: A full midi dress or skirt, to add definition to your waist.
Don’t wear with: A pencil skirt or dress – the bum bag will ruin the sleek lines.
Look 3: Slung across your chest
How: Casually slung your bum bag over your shoulder.
Wear with: This look has serious fashion vibes – wear it with wide-legged pants and a vest, a matching print suit, or a jumpsuit.
Don’t wear with: A busy top – think prints, ruffles or big sleeves. It will be too overwhelming.