Pocket watch: bum bags are chic right now

Oh Fashion. Just when you think that there is something that NO-ONE could ever wear to work like “bum bags” or in American-english “fanny packs”, some clever type gives it a spin and makes it a MUST-HAVE.

For me it started earlier this year when the US team of WhoWhatWear Daily collaborated with Target on a collection inspired by fashion bloggers and created this little number:

who what wear target bum bag

WhoWhatWear’s colloration with Target featured this “belt bag” that both accentuates the waist and provides functionality of extra pockets. Chic for work and play.

The bag can be removed from the belt to function as a separate clutch. Think how handy it will be on those days your outfit has no pockets. Pop in some cheeky change and your keys so that you are always ready to dash out the door for a coffee!

Also note that the new term for these stylishly evolved accessories is, “the belt bag”, making it far more comfortable to wear and comment on in the modern workplace.

country road saddle pouch bag

Locally, Country Road are in on the act with the Saddle Pouch belt available in black or cognac. Gorgeous over the season’s knitwear dresses.

How to wear a belt bag at work:

  • Belt bags tend to have narrow belts making it easier and more flattering to wear higher up to accentuate the waist.
  • Wear anytime you wish to accentuate the waist: over a LBD or to cinch a cardigan or even a blazer.
  • If you are just starting out, opt for black and work into all-black ensembles to create textural interest. As you feel more comfortable, opt for patterns and colours for sartorial flair.

Shop the look: Belt bags in Leather

elizabeth james cynnie belt bag


Elizabeth James Cynnie Belt Bag $325

A scaled-down Elizabeth and James belt bag styled in soft lambskin. A polished, silver-tone pull lifts the magnetic top flap.

Tory Burch Diana Belt Bag

Tory Burch Diana Belt bag $299

Ready for a pop of colour? Make a statement with a sophisticated Tory Burch belt bag. The top flap opens with a logo turn lock. Logo-lined interior, also available in navy.

Louis Vuitton Geronimos Waist Bag vintage

Vintage Louis Vuitton $1,657

Opt for an heirloom-worthy piece with an authentic vintage Louis Vuitton waist bag in checkerboard coated canvas. A gold-tone wraparound zip opens the lined interior, and an inset snap pocket hides at the side. Try this over a slim black blazer paired with skinny black work pants and high heels.


Shop the look: Belt bags in non-leather

“Bum bags” are still the term over on ASOS where the style is popular with festival-goers; here are some that you could also wear to work:

Matt & Nat bum bag in black

Matt & Nat bum bag in black $145

The ethical bag maker uses upcycled and recycled materials to ensure that no animals are harmed nor the welfare of planet adversely impacted in the process of making its stylish bags.

ASOS slim bum bag

ASOS slim bum bag $25

A sleek and flat style at a price point you can play with.

ASOS western bum bag

ASOS Western bum bag $31

Make a style statement with this textured style!



  1. I can’t believe I’m considering a bum bag! These ones are awesome!!!

    Vari x

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