Buckle Up: The 15 Best Designer Belt Bags of 2022 Are Here

A quick history lesson for you: The fanny pack, a 1980s wardrobe staple, decided to rebrand itself. In 2021, the belt bag was born. That’s it.

I didn’t say redesign because the design is really just the same. Worn around your waist like a belt or slung over your shoulder like a bag, belt bags and fanny packs are both convenient ways of carrying your belongings. I love a good handbag, but I will say handbags have their flaws, especially when you live in Manhattan—spending minutes at the Whole Foods self-checkout digging around for my wallet and hearing impatient coughs from the long line, hugging it to my chest when I’m taking the subway late at night, accidentally bag-slapping my fellow civilians on the sidewalk as I rush to hail a cab… And that’s where the belt bag steps in.

The fundamental difference between a fanny pack and a belt bag is the former’s level of sophistication. Just take the name itself. Would you really buy something named after your arse? No, and this is exactly why (okay, maybe not exactlyluxury designers decided to help with the rebranding and introduce designer belt bags.

Designer belt bags are essentially Bluetooth: hands-free, modern, and attached to a steep price tag. At first, I was skeptical of these bags (and Bluetooth, too), but after a Sunday of heavy-duty research, I was convinced. As belt bags are sleek and practical, I found myself tabs deep in inspiration to save my paychecks for. I also have taken the liberty of rounding up the best designer belt bags to share some of this inspiration. 

And who knows, maybe designer belt bags will have a rebranding in 40 years that someone else will write about. But for now, keep scrolling to see the 15 best designer belt bags available now.

Jacquemus is always a winner when it comes to accessories. This unique belt bag comes in black too.

My two favorite words: studded leather.

Name one outfit this wouldn’t go with.

Designed to carry your AirPods, one penny, a single piece of gum, and nothing else.

This is named after Pandora’s box, which is oddly fitting given the havoc this bag would wreak on my bank account. 

Of course, I had to include a chain and leather option.

Dressed up or down, this is a truly versatile bag.

Classic and timeless.

Trust The Row to come up with something this chic.

Really loving this “black birch” vibe.

Finally bringing the red from the soles of its shoes into the spotlight.

Pair with your favorite neutrals.

The definition of adorable.

“Belt bag” taken very literally.

Yup, there are even belt bags to go with your bikini.

A staple.

Love the color blocking here.

This one includes lots of handy inside compartments.

This would look so good cinched over a sleek black slip dress.

This will add instant polish to your look.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

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