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How to Wear a Belt Bag, My Top Picks for 2023

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If a style is not also functional, then it is not a style that works for me, darlings, which is why I think everyone should learn how to wear a belt bag. You’ve likely seen them around, the Lululemon belt bag has gotten very popular as well as higher-end designer versions like my favorites, the Gucci waist bag and this Luis Vuitton belt bag. There’s something for everyone and every budget, believe you me! I’ve been wearing these for years. As a matter of fact, I first wrote this post 5 years ago, and looks like I was onto something because belt bags are more popular now than ever so I thought I’d update my picks for 2023. Enjoy!

Image: Honey Good showing how to wear a belt bag posing on long walkway, wearing striped shirt and black leather skirt with Chicago skyline in the background.

This is one of my favorite belt bags by Gucci. Find a similar Gucci belt bag here.

On a day-to-day basis, the accessories and clothing I find myself relying on are the ones that are functional. I like to travel light, and so I have come to rely on a fabulous belt bag where I put my essentials as opposed to always lugging around a handbag. You could say I’m a bag fanatic, I’ve shared tips on how to choose a purse that fits your lifestyle, as well as what to consider when buying luggage and everything in between. Now let’s talk belt bags!

Is there a difference between a belt bag, waist bag, and fanny pack?

I know what you’re thinking, but DON’T call it a fanny pack! My belt bag is sleek and it doesn’t hold nearly as much as a fanny pack would. Again, think “light.” I have often traveled with it and kept my essentials close and out of harm’s way. I walk the dog with it. I run out shopping with it. It is so much handier than a handbag, dear readers (even though I still adore my handbags!).

It also feels safer than a handbag. 

I wanted to introduce you to this highly functional accessory and show you how they can be worn fashionably, so that if you do choose to utilize it, you won’t feel as though it is a dated look.

My go-to is a Louis Vuitton Pochette Belt Belt. I love Louis Vuitton because it holds up so beautifully, but these do not seem to be currently in production. I personally bought mine several years ago. I’ve found the same style online from reputable resalers, such as this shop

There are, however, many ways to get the look that are not Louis Vuitton. Most of my bags and accessories I’ve had for years and years, which to my mind, makes them worth the investment—but that doesn’t mean that I’m out of touch—I know they’re expensive! I love to share my style, which I understand is considered aspirational to some, and some swaps that I love, also! 

My Top Picks for Belt Bags for Women Over 50

Louis Vuitton Belt Bags

LV Belt Bag Style Swaps

The Best Way to Style a Belt Bag

Image: Honey Good in her closet surrounded by accessories including her favorite belt bags.

Accessories are hands down my favorite thing to shop for! Belt bags go with just about anything, but I like to make sure they stand out with some flare!

My absolute favorite thing about waist bags is that they can be worn in so many different ways!

  1. Firstly, the most obvious way to wear a belt bag is, of course, around your waist. Cinch it snugly around your hips, resting it just above the small of your back. This not only keeps your hands free but also accentuates your waistline, creating a flattering silhouette. It’s perfect for those leisurely strolls through the market or a day of exploring new places.
  2. Now, darling, don’t limit yourself to just the waist! For a more contemporary twist, try wearing your belt bag slung across your chest. Adjust the strap to your desired length and let the bag rest comfortably against your side. This style works whether you’re running errands or meeting friends for a casual brunch.
  3. Feeling adventurous? Transform your belt bag into a shoulder bag by extending the strap and draping it over your, well, shoulder. This hands-free option allows you to keep your essentials close while leaving your hands free for more important tasks, like shopping or sipping a latte at your favorite café.
  4. For those elegant evening affairs, my dear, fret not! You can wear your belt bag as a clutch by simply removing the strap. Tuck it under your arm and let it become a sophisticated statement piece that adds a touch of glamour to your ensemble.

And there you have it, my dear—the many marvelous ways to wear a belt bag. From practicality to style, this versatile accessory truly has it all. So, go ahead and experiment, let your imagination run wild, and embrace the freedom and fashion that a belt bag brings.

Designer Belt Bags I Love: Gucci

Gucci Belt Bag Designer Style Swaps


The Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag

I can almost guarantee you’ve seen the Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag when you’re out. They’re popular with pretty much every age range, from tweens and teens (my editor just bought one for her 16-year-old daughter) to yoga-bound women in their 40s to their mothers walking to play bridge. They’re cute, soft and comfortable to wear, and very affordable.

Honey’s Picks for Lulu Belt Bag Style Swaps

Even though the Lululemon bag is very affordable, I’ve heard it can sell out and be hard to find. Here are some other options for you. We women over 50 are allowed our options, aren’t we?

Accessorize Your Life

Darling, let me share a little secret with you—accessories have the remarkable ability to elevate any outfit from ordinary to extraordinary. They are the finishing touches that add flair, personality, and a touch of magic to our ensembles. And for us fabulous women over 50, they become even more important as we seek to express our unique style and embrace the confidence that comes with knowing yourself.

The beauty of a belt bag lies in its versatility. It can be worn with casual outfits for a relaxed yet oh-so-chic style, or it can be paired with something more dressy to add some unexpected edge. You can experiment with different colors, materials, and designs to find the one that perfectly complements your personal style.

Belt Bags for Every Style and Budget

Fashion is meant to be fun! Take risks and see what feels good. Here are some fun picks I found!

So, darlings, I implore you—don’t be afraid to play around with your style. Embrace the joy of accessorizing and let your creativity shine through. Get yourself a fabulous belt bag and see how it effortlessly enhances your outfits, making you feel empowered and stylish. After all, I say embrace new trends and express your unique self. It’s time to unleash your inner you and let accessories like the belt bag become your ultimate style accomplice.

What are your favorite styles that are a combination of form and function? I would love to hear your recommendations! How do you style your belt bag?

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  1. Renee Rousseau Bultema says:

    Can they be worn threaded through the loops of your jeans or trousers? I like this idea….Do you think they will replace the crossover bag.? Not a good look for me!

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Yes, most of them can and that is what I love about them. They are a belt with a small purse. Enjoy!!!! Warmly, Honey.

    • Susan "Honey" Good says:

      Yes, many they can be worn through belt loops. Check the width before you purchase. Warmly, Honey

    • Jane Jurale says:

      Thanks for the “Fanny pack””look !!I’ve been looking for this style,that seemed to disappear from style for quite a while????You have a good selection and this way of carrying around what I need and still have my hands free was lost to me for a while and when I would inquire about them,I would get a WHAT??At my age,soon to be 73,I still LOVE all fashion and what makes sense,looks good,is comfortable,Beautiful and useful always works for me!Thank You again.Jane

  2. Susan says:

    Nice bob. Like your haircut.

  3. Tani Isaacs says:

    I love that you wrote about belt bags!!! I wish I had shown you ours…we make an all leather version that is on a chain, so it fits everyone. It also converts to become a crossbody. And it’s cute and called a hiptini. Hope its appropriate to add our website: beltinisantamonica.com, take a peek.

  4. Pat Evans says:

    Like the belt bags, but REALLY like your new hairdo!! You always inspire me!!

  5. Deidre says:

    They’re attractive, however,, I won’t wear one as was almost pick pocketed once. I had a front fanny pack and was on a crowded train in Paris…Know Paris is the place for pick picketers but sorry not for me. Be careful

  6. Violet O'Brien-Hil says:

    Love your new haircut…..it’s so becoming. I would like to try a cut like yours, but of course, hesitate. Is it easy to maintain?

  7. Deborah Andrews-Gautney says:

    I needed a small bag to hold essentials for an event. The dears at Love Street Market on Cedarcrest recommended a HOBO brand bag. It has now become my go to bag for quick trips where I do not need to bring it all. It holds my glasses, lipstick, cell phone, keys and has multiple places for IDs. The rings on the side allow movement,so that I can wear it as a small shoulder bag. Whip stitching and a tassel add a touch of style that keeps it from being mistaken for a pack.

  8. Sandrala says:

    Will look up the HOBO brand bag if I can … Looks ideal for my needs. Good idea by Honey.


    • Susan Good says:

      Belt bags for summer are the cat’s meow in my opinion. I never leave home without one. Warmly, Honey

  9. Mary says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve had my Lulu one for several years and love it. My daughter was wearing it and I thought it was such a great idea. I wear it as a crossbody bag and always use it when running errands, shopping and travel. I usually put it in a larger carryon tote.

  10. SoCal Allison says:

    Love these! Thank you, Honey, for listing so many in so many different price ranges! I have 2 from Vera Bradley but had to buy them off ebay because they were old stock. But I love them! Very easy to use for anytime when you don’t have to carry a lot with you!

    • Susan Good says:

      Glad you enjoyed the topic on belt bags. I did a video on my Instagram – I am Honey Good. It shows you different ways I wear my several belt bags. Warmly, Honey

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