Wondering how to run out the door with your necessities without having to lug along that XXL Hobo bag that was so cool last season? We’ve got the solution: the mini purse-belt. Whereas your mother’s fanny pack was strictly utilitarian, the much more sophisticated “purse belt” is useful AND stylish. Or is it? We’re giving you the facts, but it’s up to you to decide: is it tacky or chic?
When you think about it, a purse to wear around one’s waist is really quite ingenious. It reduces stress on the shoulders, is perfect for hands-free activities, and forces the wearer to carry just their essentials around their waist, instead of their whole life on their shoulder. The “fanny pack” was originally called such because of its intended placement above one’s behind, and are generally now seen as the mark of a tourist. A purse belt, or pocket belt is different—generally made out of a nicer material, like leather (as opposed to nylon), and with the compartment in the front—much more chic than a fanny pack. At least we think so!
BUY YOURSELF A BELT
AS SEEN ON: CHICTOPIA
Confused about how to style your purse-belt? Use these Chictopians for inspiration.
katthoy shows a man’s take on the look, pairing his vintage belt with an all black ensemble. The piece stands out because if its unique fur texture, but isn’t too bold because it is in the same color palette as the rest of his outfit.
A look for the person who wants to test the waters of the purse belt trend.
Style Icon kisforkani wears her purse belt with a cute leopard dress, in a post titled Robin Hood. Her belt is thin and the purse small, making it a simple but unique addition to her otherwise accessory-free outfit.
For the person who wants to show off their new find.
TheStyleVoyager styled this look a while ago, but it’s still chic and perfect for transitional weather. Her multi-pocketed Free People belt looks great against a similarly-colored skirt. The blue t-shirt adds a nice contrast of color.
For the girl who wants to look graceful, yet bold in her belt.
Finally, clairegrenade looks utterly cool and casual, wearing what she calls an “upscale fanny pack,” which she says is “mighty perfect for carrying the essentials: cards, money & phone.” We agree. Her styling is simple, and in the perfect mix of neutral tones: a greyish button down, brown boots, and thrifted sunglasses, with her belt on display.
Fantastic for a casual day out.
AS SEEN ON: RANDOM RUNWAYS
We knew we’d spotted this trend somewhere else! Since as far back as 2006, we’ve seen a trickling pattern of purse-belts, or as the non-believers call them, fanny packs. Marc Jacobs has been trying to make them work since 2009, in his own lines and designs for Louis Vuitton. We imagine it’s a bit like trying to make fetch happen.
What do you think of this trend? Is it completely CHIC or totally TACKY? Take the poll, leave a comment, or send us a tweet @everybodyisugly
by Heather (headbandit)
image via Teen Vogue, June/July 2011