October 26th, 2020
On The Hunt For

A Belt Bag Is A Good Idea

A reader mentioned that a belt bag would be a good option for outdoor dining. My handbag sat on on my lap at a lunch last week, which was far from ideal. I didn’t want to put it on the ground or hang it on the back of my chair. A clutch on the table made me nervous and I had too much stuff for a mini crossbody.

A belt bag would’ve been a better choice and I went down a rabbit hole this morning looking for one. Above are large East-West belt bags from The Row’s PF14 collection — the chocolate calf is my dream. It was offered in two sizes for a few years, I’m not sure why I didn’t buy it — now I’m scouring resale sites. And, I spied a good one in the SS21 Jil Sander show. To be continued.


What's New


Belted leather biker jacket

Jil Sander

Gathered Knit Midi Dress


Cropped leather jacket


Triple Francois 18kt gold vermeil earrings


Jimmy Leather Puffer Jacket


Le 57 quilted leather shoulder bag


Belted wool blazer


Blade velvet slingback pumps


Silvia silk-twill scarf


Logo-embellished leather loafers


Crocheted Cotton-Blend Midi Skirt


Braided leather bangle


Delcie tie-detailed ramie midi dress


Gate knotted leather slippers


Postcard fringed crocheted straw bucket hat


Santos de Cartier metal shield sunglasses

  • Welcome to my rabbit hole! How do you feel about the Bottega cassette belt bag?

    AnneOctober 26th, 2020  10:45 AM

  • Thank you, Anne, for inspiring this post and launching a search, xp

    PrestonOctober 26th, 2020  10:46 AM

  • I agree! Here’s a fun option

    MPGLOctober 26th, 2020  11:28 AM

  • These could look cumbersome in the middle of the body. My concern is that the weight of the purse and the contents, will pull the bag down below your stomach. Can also be uncomfortable for your back. Crossbody, large and small, a better option, I think.

    AngelaOctober 26th, 2020  12:17 PM

  • “Preston Davis, forever leading me down rabbit holes and onto heretofore unknown shopping sites since 2010”. Give or take a year. Forever grateful. ❤️

    SueMOctober 26th, 2020  2:12 PM

  • I agree with Angela, would look awkward for most. A small crossbody bag is a better option.

    TTOctober 26th, 2020  2:31 PM

  • In the interest of easy access and hands free, I have embraced wearing my one zipper belt bags across my chest. I don’t want flaps to impede access or worry about taking it on and off.

    karenOctober 26th, 2020  3:08 PM

  • I would wear either of these relatively flat soft bags worn as cross-body: so versatile!

    CatherineOctober 26th, 2020  3:39 PM

  • Pockets. Pockets are the answer

    ClaireOctober 26th, 2020  4:24 PM

  • Firmly agree with all the cross-body endorsements. I’d be too scared a belt bag would slip down and … who knows what it might take with it! It’s also not as timeless as the other options. Spending thousands on one by The Row might end up being quite dear on a cost-per-use calc.

    EloiseOctober 26th, 2020  6:20 PM

  • I hang the shoulder strap around the back of the chair and face my bag towards my lower back. When I sit back I rarely notice it because it’s a smaller bag.

    RobynOctober 27th, 2020  5:46 AM

  • Interesting option. I like the idea of wearing a belt bag diagonally across the chest as long as the strap is long enough…I’ve seen them worn so tight it looks like the wearer is in a harness! Cross body bags are a good option, but not a good look for someone with a generous bust.

    SharonOctober 27th, 2020  8:59 AM

  • get a foldable purse hook for the table instead of a belt bag!


    JOctober 28th, 2020  7:03 PM

  • I’m considering the Agnes Badoo belt sac.

    DawnOctober 28th, 2020  11:22 PM


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