The Genius Hands-Free Bag You'll Be Buying For Festival Season

One of our favorite style stars proves that the fanny pack has finally grown up.

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  • In today’s culture of convenience, it is not surprising to see that a new mini bag has emerged on the scene, with designers ranging from Marni to Nasty Gal serving up cute iterations of the hands-free style. Seen here on Nicole Richie, the belt bag’s sleek shape and luxe materials are a far cry from the neon, nylon versions donned by Zack Morris, and they provide a convenient and chic way to store your essentials when running errands. Make like Richie and pair a belt bag (hers is vintage Chanel) with ankle boots (she's wearing the Warner Booties ($140) by House of Harlow 1960), skinny gray jeans (she’s wearing Genetic Denim Shya Cigarette Skinny Jeans ($198) in Gaze), and a slouchy sweater for a casual weekend outing.

  • Nasty Gal

    Night Journey Belt Bag ($15) in Black

    This sleek, black style is the perfect option for a belt-bag novice.

  • Newbark

    Eva Leather Belt Bag ($1200) in Snake-Effect

    Pair this snakeskin-print bag with black jeans and a loose, cream, v-neck sweater for brunch.

  • Clare Vivier

    Fannypack ($230) in Red Pelli  (

    The blue zipper offers a fun contrast to this fire engine red style.

  • Christophe Lemaire

    Bisaccia 1 ($229) in Black 

    This minimalist, black patent version has a detachable belt and can also be used as a mini clutch.

  • Givenchy

    Backpack & Fanny Pack ($340) in Beige

    We love the unusual oval shape juxtaposed with feminine, pale pink suede.

  • ModCloth

    Portable Pouch Belt ($20) in Brown

    The warm, brown leather of this belt bag will only improve with age. It also might be the best $20 you spend on a vacation bag, ever.

  • Marni

    Embellished Nylon Belt Bag ($1250) in Coal 

    For the S/S 14 runway show, these bedazzled belt bags were worn with encrusted bomber jackets and matching embellished skirts. We think it would look just as great with a wool, A-line skirt and a button down.

  • Hipsters For Sisters

    Fanny Bag ($265) in Cobalt  

    This eco friendly bag is 100% vegan leather and comes with a matching, fully lined wallet.

  • Bottega Veneta

    Intrecciato Nappa Messenger Bag ($1250) in Fume

    From the makers of beautifully constructed accessories comes this woven, muted-metallic version that could easily spruce up an all-black outfit on a chilly night out.


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