The Fashion Trend I Never Thought I’d Wear

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Exact Top // Similar Top // Pants // Belt Bag // Similar Heels // Earrings // Locket Necklace

… Can you guess just by looking at this first photo? The fashion trend I never thought I would wear is… belt bags.

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Belt bags are everywhere in fashion this season. Also referred to as a fanny pack, bumbag, or hip pack, the belt bag is a trend that you will not want to miss this spring and summer! I was so hesitant when I first started seeing belt bags on runways and in magazines. Cue traumatic flashbacks to my pre-teen years and my dad trying to make me wear a fanny pack on school trips haha. Anyone else?!?!

Luckily, the ‘fanny pack’ of the 90s *shudder* is not the fanny pack or ‘belt bag’ of today. Today’s belt bags are fashion forward – you can find ones in beautiful leather or vegan leather, with on-trend details such as studs or ribbon and, most importantly, you can find them in different sizes and shapes.

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The white faux leather belt bag I am wearing was one I purchased on a whim; simply adding it to a cart of items I already planned on ordering. At under $30 it seemed worth the risk (in case I did end up hating it). As soon as I opened it though, I knew I was hooked. It is far nicer looking in person than on the site-  the faux leather is a crisp white and is quite well made. It’s small; which is what I wanted for my first foray into this belt bag trend. It holds my phone, ID, keys and a lipstick. It wouldn’t fit a full size wallet; but I don’t mind that – I just take whatever cards/cash I need and carry them loose in the bag.

But what I love most about this bag??  The stripped ribbon belt gives me major Gucci vibes – which for under $30 is pretty darn awesome!

As far as the rest of my outfit: You may remember this off the shoulder bankers striped shirt from my New York Fashion Week Outfits. I cannot stop wearing this shirt – I love it so much. It is however not a practical piece – it has no buttons and is only held closed by whatever belt you wear. For this look, when I knew the belt was looser than what I wore at NYFW and thus may not successfully hold it the top in place, I safety pinned it on. I’ve linked up the exact top (which is now on sale – so even more worth it even if though it’s not the most practical!) and I did also link up a similar shirt with actual buttons for those of you looking for more practicality.

My pants here are my ride-or-die pants which you’ve seen me wear more times than I can count haha. They just work as the perfect wardrobe staple. Accessory wise, I opted for my dark red bow heels (similar options linked below), my heart locket necklace, and some dramatic statement earrings. To me. this is a fashion forward, but still work day practical outfit. My favorite kind of look!

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10 Comments

  1. Shauna March 19, 2018 / 6:23 pm

    I wish they looked this cute on me!! But I feel as though my hips just don’t look right..lol. You on the other hand, look perfect!!

    Shauna

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    • Lee March 19, 2018 / 6:36 pm

      Aww thank you Shauna!! From my experience, I’d say it’s all about where you wear them! Try on one in store and experiment with having it around your high waist (like with a high waisted skirt) and then low like i have here. You can also style it over one shoulder (which sounds weird but looks cool!) Just gotta find what works best for you!

    • Lee March 19, 2018 / 9:09 pm

      Aww thank you! DO IT!! I think you’ll be surprised how much you end up liking it!

    • Lee March 20, 2018 / 11:25 am

      Thank you so much Kumari!

  2. Rach March 20, 2018 / 5:09 am

    Love the outfit and your belt bag! I never thought I would be in it too but these belt bags are more chic than the fanny pack!

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    • Lee March 20, 2018 / 11:26 am

      Thank you! And exactly! The trend has definitely moved past the ugly fanny packs of the 90s and there are so many chic belt bags now!

  3. Antoinette Gardner August 18, 2018 / 5:10 am

    Where can I get this beautiful belt bag from?

    • Lee August 20, 2018 / 7:36 am

      Hey! It’s linked up in the post 🙂 just click on the link that says “belt bag” under the first photo and you’ll be taken right to it!

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