Belt bags (aka fanny packs) have been making a very strong comeback over the past few years, and this year they are more popular than ever. No one may have guessed that the 80’s trend would come back so strong, with chic leather belt bags rivaling the nylon sacks of our memories. Today, you can choose from belt bags that were made specifically for parents (like Kibou), to a variety of trendy options that even GenZ proudly sports all over TikTok.
If you’re shopping for a cute belt bag to buy yourself or as a gift, there are several great options for you to consider. Trust us, we’ve come a long way from the fanny packs from decades ago. You can find leather belt bags (vegan and genuine), as well as weatherproof options such as canvas and neoprene.
There are belt bags that are suitable for a variety of lifestyles. Whether you’re an on-the-go mom, an active athlete, or are just looking for the convenience of a hands-free option in an upscale, leather belt bag package, there are some solid choices for you. What’s more, if you choose your bags based on ethics principles for animals or environmental sustainability, there’s still cute belt bags you can buy that will serve your needs, and your conscience.
Most belt bags can be worn around the waist to the front or the side, or over the shoulder as a cross-body, adding versatility to the many other benefits of choosing this style. Your hands are free to take care of anything and everything you need to do, and it is simply more secure than your average purse or tote where your belongings can easily – and unintentionally – make their way outside of your bag.
Now where to buy cute belt bags? Whether it’s a dressed up leather belt bag or an athletic, sweat-wicking belt bag – we’ve got you covered.
For mamas (& fur mamas!)
For you stylish, minimalist moms out there – the Kibou bag was designed with you in mind. This vegan leather belt bag (also available in canvas) is actually a diaper bag with a built-in pocket for wipes, and a retractable diaper changing pad. It’s just big enough to fit all of your little one’s essentials (bottle, snack, 1-2 diapers or pull-ups, a few extras like sunscreen, hand sanitizer, or small first aid kit such as Kibou’s Bou-Boo Bag). There’s also a pocket just for your cards and cash, and a hook for your keys or to keep your floating binky in one place for quick access.
If you’re shopping for a baby shower gift, the Baby Shower Bundle will make an excellent choice. Choose the Kibou as a vegan leather belt bag or canvas, and select the recipient's preferred color (Brown, Black, Olive Blush, Charcoal or Smoky Indigo for vegan leather; Jade or Midnight for canvas). The bundle will also include a Pop & Go Pacifier with a built-in case, wipes, Hand Sanitizer Stash and a first aid Bou-Boo Bag.
Kibou’s accessory shop has other great options as well for mamas who prefer a canvas or vegan leather belt bag vs. a traditional tote or large backpack. You can shop for a mini-umbrella, sunscreen, lip balm, snack bag and utensil set – all sized appropriately for a small diaper bag.
Let’s not forget about fur moms as well! The Kibou bag has been an excellent option to stash needed items for fur babies as well, and a Fur Baby Bundle is also available in the shop. This bundle includes a Prima collapsible bowl, Stasher bag, Wild One dog treats, Wild One Poop bag dispenser, compostable bags plus wipes for paws and hand sanitizer for mom.
You can buy a Kibou for $88 (canvas belt bag) - $98 (vegan leather belt bag).
Tory Sport Belt Bag
For those vintage vibes
The Ripstop Belt Bag from Tory Burch offers a throwback to 70s style with all of the convenience of a belt bag. Made from lightweight ripstop polyester, it is also detailed with cotton webbing and a faux leather trim. It features one additional front-facing, double zip pocket. You can buy this bag for $148.
For that upscale chic look
Clare V has several cute belt bag options, aka fanny packs. They have no interior or exterior pockets, just the main compartment. They do, however, feature interchangeable straps if you’d like a little variety. If you are looking for an upscale leather belt bag, there are many choices here. Styles vary in color and material with options include vegetable tanned leather belt bags, perforated Italian leather belt bags, checkered goat leather belt bags and a woven designed belt bags as well. If you’d like to buy any of these bags, prices range from $285 - $325.
Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack
For the environmentally conscious
The Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack is a cute belt bag made from 100% vegan material including premium neoprene and lined with recycled repreve made from recycled plastic bottles. It features one front pocket and one slot to stash your credit cards and/or ID. You can buy this bag for $90.
Lululemon Fast and Free Running Belt
For the runners & athletic types
The Fast and Free Running Belt from Lululemon is a great option for men and women who need a lightweight bag to carry small items while running. It is made with lightweight, Utralu fabric that is buttery soft and sweat-wicking. It’s just big enough to fit your phone, cards/cash/ID, AirPods, chapstick or other small essentials. You can buy this bag for $38.
Choose the Best Belt Bag for You
The belt bag of your choice depends on the personal style, lifestyle and values of who is wearing it. Belt bags, or fanny packs, have seen their popularity rise not just because of the aesthetics (particularly of the leather belt bags), but because of the simplicity and convenience of having your hands free and carrying around less stuff. Whether it’s for travel, or just a quick trip out of the house, a minimalist approach to the bag you carry can make things a little easier by eliminating the clutter.
With less to carry, there’s less to way you down or creative discomfort in your shoulders. It also makes it easier to find what you’re looking for when you need it most. Whether you need quick access to your passport at customs, or need to handle a diaper blowout in a public restroom, a belt bag can make life easier.
Wherever you’re wearing it and whatever you’re doing, a cute belt bag will ensure you look good while doing it. While belt bags are casual by nature, they can still be dressed up or down depending on the rest of your attire. A leather belt bag will have a more polished look than those made with weatherproof materials; however, they can just as easily be worn casually. There are many ways to style a belt bag (we’ve laid out some options here on how to style your Kibou with #Kiboustyles), whether you’re wearing a fitted shirt with an oversized jacket, a maxi skirt, or even if you’re headed out in athletic wear and sneakers.