Ah, the belt bag—everyone's favorite purse of the hour. There was a time when belt bags were mostly sought out by athletes and tourists and used for function—not fashion. But the ‘90s staple has become the de facto accessory of contemporary wardrobes, and seemingly every brand, from lululemon to Kate Spade, is offering them up on a silver platter.
16 of the Best Belt Bags for Hands-Free Hot Girl Walks
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Why Are Belt Bags So Popular?
The belt bag, more commonly known as a fanny pack, is a bag that's worn around your waist or hips, like a belt, allowing you hands-free convenience. Often secured using a clasp and buckles that slide along the strap, they're easy to adjust for fit and comfort. More current styles also feature longer straps for crossbody use.
Belt bags first saw a reemergence in the late 2010s, when A-list influencers were spotted sporting them during fall fashion week. Since then, as our collective style has shifted towards a more casual, laid-back look (thanks, COVID), these handy purses have become the go-to for carrying everyday essentials, with TikTokers becoming particularly obsessed.
Whatever aspect of your life you need a belt bag for, there’s more than one out there—in fact, we've found 16 of them just for this list. The ideal belt bag should meet at a cross section of comfort, style and functionality. You'll want to prioritize lightweight and durable fabrics, such as nylon, for everyday bags (bonus points if they’ve got divided sections inside!), or upgrade to a more structured fabric for a night on the town. Below, the best belt bags around.
The Best Belt Bags at a Glance
- Best Overall: Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
- Most Casual: State Florence Belt Bag
- Best Oversized Belt Bag: Stoney Clover Lane Belt Bag
- Best Everyday Belt Bag: Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack
- Best Designer Belt Bag: Kate Spade Flower Jacquard Belt Bag
- Most Versatile: The Drop Preston Belt Bag
- Best Nylon Belt Bag: Varley Lasson Belt Bag
- Best Sustainable Belt Bag: Everlane ReNew Transit Belt Bag
- Most Basic: Pander Everywhere Belt Bag
- Best for Festivals: Fotociti Holographic Belt Bag
- Most Sporty: adidas Belt Bag
- Best Leather Belt Bag: Hyer Goods Upcycled Leather Belt Bag
- Most Classic: L.L. Bean Stowaway Belt Bag
- Best for Parents: Suessie Diaper Belt Bag
- Best Hip Belt Bag: Fjällräven Kanken Belt Bag
- Cutest Belt Bag: Béis Sport Pack
- Why We Love It: Trendy, functional, high-quality
At this point, you've probably heard tell of the wonderous lululemon Everywhere bag, and now, you can add it to your collection in a cozy fleece. Like the classic Everywhere (currently sold out), it’s simple and practical, holding everything you need without looking overstuffed. The hardware is stylish and durable, and the large zipper opening and smaller interior organizing pockets make getting to your stuff easy. It’s almost as if it could be called the—gasp—Everything bag!
- Why We Love It: Back slip pocket, sleek design
This sleek and slim color-blocked State fanny pack exudes casual cool, and will easily get you through errands, weekend outings or coffee jaunts. The large main zippered compartment will hold all your daily essentials (including a 12-ounce water bottle), and the interior zip pocket will keep your most-used items within reach. But maybe the best feature? The Florence fanny also has an exterior back slip pocket, so you'll always know right where your phone is.
Best Oversized Belt Bag
Stoney Clover Lane
- Why We Love It: Super soft, ultra-spacious
Let's face it: Belt bags don’t always take the place of a bigger purse or backpack, especially if you tend to carry a lot of stuff. Enter the Stony Clover Lane jumbo fanny pack—a stunningly soft bag with tons of room, so you can have your on-trend cake and eat it, too. We also love the bright jewel tones it comes in.
Best Everyday Belt Bag
- Why We Love It: Water-resistant, minimalist design, adjustable strap
Dagne Dover doesn’t miss, so it’s no surprise that the brand's Ace belt bag is a perfect pick for everyday wear. The minimalist design has a synthetic matte neoprene finish that's water-resistant with a recycled lining. The interior and exterior card pockets are also a major bonus for convenience.
Best Designer Belt Bag
- Why We Love It: Unique pattern, leather trim
Kate Spade bring its stylish touch to the belt bag with this little jacquard number. The pop of rich dark merlot (and, of course, the signature Kate Spade logo) definitely give it that designer feel without too hefty of a price tag. Fans of this beautiful piece say it’s “perfect for your phone, keys and [a] small wallet or some cosmetics.”
- Why We Love It: Hidden back pocket, budget-friendly
Whether you’re looking to add a laid-back accent piece to a casual outfit or finish off something a little more fancy fancy, the Preston belt bag from The Drop will do the trick. Its streamlined silhouette is the perfect canvas for its embossed croc print, and it’s made of faux-leather, so the price point is perfect. There's even a hidden back pocket for your lip gloss. We’re big fans of the simple black or grey options, but for extra wow factor, there’s also a fun snake print.
Best Nylon Belt Bag
- Why We Love It: Lightweight, front zipper pocket, quick-drying
For a reliable activewear choice that’s also sophisticated, check out this lightweight nylon Varley Lasson belt bag. It has a thoughtful and utilitarian design, with an extra zipper pocket at the front for quick-grab items, and the quick-drying, sweat-wicking nylon material makes it a convenient option for your hikes or runs.
Best Sustainable Belt Bag
- Why We Love It: Nearly 100 percent recycled material, can be worn two ways
Everlane is known for its high-quality, timeless basics, and the ReNew Transit bag is no exception. Whether you’re wearing it crossbody or classic fanny pack style, the elongated, slender shape will hold a lot without looking too bulky. Two sliding metal buckles make the strap adjustable while keeping its profile understated. And of course, being Everlane, it’s made from nearly 100 percent recycled polyester (sans for a few zippers and trim), so your eco-conscious self can feel a little better about your trendy buy.
- Why We Love It: lululemon lookalike, affordable, recycled nylon
Similar in style to the beloved lululemon Everywhere but for only $22? Yes, please! On the outside, the Pander belt bag, which comes in eight neutral colors, is made of a durable, recycled nylon that's made to withstand friction and keep its smooth appearance. Inside, three mesh wall pockets will keep all your necessities organized—and they’re made of recycled polyester. What’s not to love?
- Why We Love It: Eye-catching, waterproof pocket
Come festival season, you're gonna want a belt bag that's compact enough to get you through the gates but also catches the eye. This holographic pack will be the perfect dancing companion. It comes in 11 different shiny colors, so there's bound to be one that matches even your most out-there ensemble. The exterior pocket is waterproof, so your cash will stay safe even in a downpour, and the company says it's even big enough for a water bottle, so you won't get dehydrated while walking the fest grounds. Starting at just $13, it will be tempting to treat yourself to a few.
- Why We Love It: Front pocket key fob, durable
Feeling a Sporty Spice moment? This athletic waist purse is big enough to fit all your gym essentials but convenient enough to still let you move about with ease. Its classic polyester fabric is super strong by nature, so it can easily withstand a careless toss into your locker, and there's even a front pocket key fob with solid metal pullers for an added bonus.
Best Leather Belt Bag
- Why We Love It: Real upcycled leather, chic
If you’re looking for the ease of a belt bag but the sophistication of a classic black leather purse, look no further. Hyer Goods has made a super sleek and soft, supple leather piece for just about every occasion. As a bonus, it’s made of upcycled waste leather, allowing you to do your part to live more sustainably.
- What We Love: Lightweight, folds into itself for storage
What better way to pay tribute to the OG belt bag trend than with one that has a retro look and feel? The L.L. Bean Stowaway hip pack is made of ultralight nylon with a mesh back panel for breathability, making it a great option for hitting the trails. This updated model even folds down into its own storage pocket should you opt to pack it in a larger rucksack, too.
- Why We Love It: Detachable changing pad, built-in pocket for wipes, stroller clips
The last thing any new parent needs is to be caught out and about with no place to change the baby. This lightweight diaper fanny hybrid comes with a detachable changing pad, so you can get the job done in a pinch, and has a built-in waterproof wipes pocket, besides. While you can wear it around your hips or crossbody, it also comes with universal stroller clips so you can really take a load off. Genius!
- Why We Love It: Durable, water-resistant, two-way zipper
It’s become more common to wear a belt bag crossbody-style than around the hips, but if you’re looking for a comfy option that looks cute on the waist, try the Fjällräven Kanken hip pack. Modeled after the brand's iconic Kanken backpack, the belt bag is lightweight-but-sturdy thanks to its technical weave. It's also small enough to fit comfortably on the hips (and look cool doing it). We particularly love the two-way zipper, which means you'll be able to get to your stuff from any angle.
Cutest Belt Bag
16. Béis Sport Pack
- Why We Love It: Made for hiking, hanging accessories, snug fit
Béis’s accessible-luxury takes form once again in a belt bag so cute, we dare you to try not to buy it in both black and beige. Béis says its Sport Pack was made with hikers in mind (and it certainly caters to them, with D-rings for hanging accessories, as well as an water bottle loop), but its clean silhouette with perfectly textured nylon and an extra braided strap make it an irresistible accessory for daytime wear, too—never mind its functionality.
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