WIW - Belt Bag -- Which way to wear?


I got this Erin Dana two part belt bag way back in 2014 when belt bags re-appeared on the scene.  They have changed in style.  But, I kept this item and here am trying to incorporate it into a classic outfit.

-Oversized shirt is from Zara, 2015.  Purchased at a YLF meet up!
-Mules circa 2017, "Swanki" style from Steven by Steve Madden.  Still available on Amazon.
-Legging pants from Uniqlo, 2019.  I have multiple pairs of these in two sizes to accommodate weight fluctuations,  I size up at least one size if not two to achieve a more pant-like fit.  I absolutely love these.

This belt bag is NOT practical.  I can fit my phone in the big pocket, and my car keys (ONLY) and some lip gloss in the small pocket.  Basically, everything I can get in my back pockets of the leggings.  This accessory is totally for looks.

Which belt bag wearing style do you think is better?  

1.  Waist bag style, worn high.
2.  Waist bag style, worn lower on hips.
3.  Cross body style.

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  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    I am wearing mine to carry my glucose meter and more like phone and/ or car keys if they fit. I have tried to get them to go with shoes and larger bags. Wearing them cross body seems and feels more modern. I can no longer wear them near the waist so they can still get some wear. I like your black and white.

  • kkards replied 4 years ago

    i like #2 the best, #3 looks "current" but also uncomfortable 

  • replied 4 years ago

    #2 .  I quite like the cross body styling  in general  but not with 2 pouches on one chain.  I have about 3 of these (I keep accumulating them because they look so great) but have NEVER worn them.  Maybe in the spring when you don't need to be in and out of a coat?  I don't know...

  • Cardiff girl replied 4 years ago

    I am surprising myself by liking #3 the best but It might not be the most practical way of wearing it.Long white shirts always look chic to my eye.

  • deb replied 4 years ago

    I like all three looks but my fav is #3.

  • Mirjana replied 4 years ago

    I love all, but my favorite is also #3, not practical but modern. The next is #2 very practical.

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    KILLER to the Power of KILLER all round. 

  • notsaf replied 4 years ago

    I like them all! I would wear whichever one feels most comfortable. 

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 4 years ago

    I like them all! If pressed, I would say #1 is my favorite. What a great outfit.

  • replied 4 years ago

    I'm going with #3 also- maybe the chain strap makes it feel more "purselike" and that's why?

  • Dana replied 4 years ago

    I like all 3 ways! I'd say, do whichever way suits your mood of the day. 

  • Jenni NZ replied 4 years ago

    I like #1 best. Sort of looks more deliberate than #2 to me, and just better all round than crossbody.

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    I like the crossbody version best. I think I'm a little biased against belt-style bags for my own personal flattery reasons. 

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    I’d switch it up between all three ways for the variety of it :)

  • slim cat replied 4 years ago

    Like #3 as most fashion-forward. I think that style is less practical in general but fun looking. 

  • CocoLion replied 4 years ago

    And the winner is... #3 cross body style.  Second place is "any way you like."  Belt bag style 1 and 2 are tied for last.

    I wore it crossbody style out the door.  Then I pushed the pockets to the side and back.  I took it off while driving.  Then I wore it like a shoulder bag.  Then I just held it like a clutch.  Sigh.  NOT a practical bag!  I suppose I could pull off the small pouch and have a single pouch, it would be easier to style.  But even less practical.

    This was all to accompany Dan to the cardiologist to address his heart murmur.  

  • Janet replied 4 years ago

    Oh bummer that it seems to require fussing because it is a really fun look on you. I find that certain bags require too much *thought* during a day — shifting, adjusting, switching — usually because of weight or awkward size or access. Even a sticky zipper can drive me nuts.

    Maybe a good bag for a different kind of occasion?

  • kellygirl replied 4 years ago

    I really love 3 too. I wanted to wear a belt bag like that but decided that the size of the pockets is just too limiting for what I schlep around. This look is so fab on you! Love it.

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