August 14th, 2018
On My Mind

The Belt Bag Worn Crossbody?

I’m going to pause the ladylike earrings conversation for just a moment and shift to belt bags worn crossbody (as seen in yesterday’s post). I loved the belt bag (or bum bag as we fondly referred to it in the ’90s) the first time around and embraced it again when it resurfaced a few seasons ago—it’s just so practical. Wearing it crossbody modernizes the oft derided bag and my eye has adjusted to the look.

Image © Vogue Nederland

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  • Not for me, but the picture above looks good. I’ve seen some where the strap is way too short, and it looks like the wearer is in a tight harness…that is not a good look.

    bisbeeAugust 14th, 2018  8:44 AM

  • I have a secret hankering for one of these (I guess not so secret now)

    joannawnycAugust 14th, 2018  9:11 AM

  • I like the look, but I don’t think I could carry it off…I couldn’t fit all that I need into those small pockets!

    CarolynAugust 14th, 2018  9:18 AM

  • No, just no. Not cross-body and not a belt bag. Either way I think they cut your body off in a bad way. And IMHO, they are just not grown-up or elegant.

    SuWuAugust 14th, 2018  10:02 AM

  • Too trendy for the over 30

    TLTAugust 14th, 2018  10:19 AM

  • I view this as the sort of accessory that clutters up women’s lives and closets. And in a short time, left wondering why they spent the money and which re-sale shop to donate it to. : )

    PaulaAugust 14th, 2018  12:33 PM

  • Very silly. Looks, and probably is, extremely uncomfortable. What happens when you actually need something out of those tiny little pockets and you’re strapped into that harness?

    ANRAugust 14th, 2018  12:39 PM

  • I like this way to wear my fanny/bum bags. It gives more control for security and looks fresh.

    karenAugust 14th, 2018  12:57 PM

  • it looks great on teenagers and 20 somethings. Otherwise, it’a another trend that will disappear in a blink

    julieAugust 14th, 2018  3:40 PM

  • I love it worn this way. It’s perfect for summer when you need to run out the door with just the bare essentials or for dog walking. My cute summer t-shirt dresses don’t have pockets, and sometimes a purse is just overkill for the weekend.

    LouisaAugust 14th, 2018  9:38 PM

  • My two favorites include an 80s era Hermès belt bag — very chic, but worn on the waist. My favorite sporty one is a really simple one by Dakine, which I removed all labels from to be super understated and more versatile. Looks great crossbody. Youthful and modern.

    LouisaAugust 14th, 2018  9:45 PM

  • It seems like a look designed for Instagram, not real life. I also think it would be uncomfortable and unflattering for ladies with any more than a tiny chest. Instead of a fanny pack, a boob bag?

    EBAugust 15th, 2018  7:17 AM

  • The Row has a good one for pre-order at Barneys.

    gpcAugust 15th, 2018  11:18 AM

  • Hi, I find that I now scan the comments for Paula’s reaction as much as I check the blog for Preston’s posts. Just wanted to say how much I enjoy both of you. Thanks for the style inspiration. Sandie

    sandieAugust 15th, 2018  11:22 AM

  • Not for me. Why not a crossbosy camera bag? Sleeker and more chic to me and it will be a look that lasts.

    RebeccaAugust 16th, 2018  3:51 PM

  • I resisted this look until I couldn’t resist any longer and now I love it! It’s perfect for when you don’t want to be encumbered by a purse and it’s all in how you wear it that keeps it looking fresh and chic. I questioned myself for purchasing it initially but once I tried it, I found it works! It holds my iPhone 8, a small coin purse and credit card. I prefer it on my waist and the bag off center but it also works worn crossbody. BTW, i’m in my late 60s.

    slfAugust 19th, 2018  8:24 AM


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