Introducing the Latest Accessory Craze: The Belt Bag

May 14, 2018

As seen on spring runways and Instagram’s most stylish influencers, the belt bag is the fashion world’s latest it item. A chic and hands-free way of keeping you and your daily essentials joined at the hip, this sleek accessory is the easiest way to look like a style maven this season. Macy’s Fashion Office’s top accessories authority, Stephanie Muehlhausen reveals just why this bag should be on the top of everyone’s shopping list.

Stephanie and her team of trendspotters first caught sight of the belt bag at European Fashion Weeks, on both runway models and streetstyle stars. Confident this accessory trend was going to be big, she’s even dubbed it the ‘It’ bag of the season. But whatever you do, don’t call it a fanny pack. “It’s a more polished bag versus the fanny pack,” explains Stephanie. “It can be found in luxe materials like suede and embossed leather or embellished with pearl, chain and stud details.”

Because of its versatility in style, materials and design, fashionistas have been sporting the belt bag in different ways to suit a variety of looks and occasions. “It can be styled loosely around the hips, cinched around the waist or worn over one shoulder as a crossbody,” says Stephanie.

She even divulged some of her favorite ways to style the bag. For summer, “the belt bag looks fabulous with a maxi dress and an espadrille sandal,” Stephanie spills. “For a more casual look, pair it with denim and a bare shoulder top and statement slide or sneaker.”

It can be styled loosely around the hips, cinched around the waist or worn over one shoulder as a crossbody

And just when you thought there’s no way you could rock the belt bag every day of the week, Stephanie knows just how to incorporate it into your date-night look, “with a volume sleeve mini-dress and a wedge sandal.” Get your belt bag collection started with Stephanie’s top-pick, a double-flap style from Michael Kors.

Meet Stephanie

From hot handbags and killer shoes to must-have jewelry, Vice President of Macy’s Fashion Office Stephanie Muehlhausen is the leading accessories expert. But what does the trendspotter love most about her job? Changing the world through fashion.