Whether it’s worn as a belt to cinch in billowing maxi dresses or elegantly wrapped around trousers, it’s quite apparent that bumbags are having a little bit of a moment this season.
Thanks to haute fashion houses including Gucci, Chanel and Balenciaga, this 1990s classic has become a modern streetwear staple that our favourite celebrities can’t get enough of. Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Sofia Richie are just a few names rocking this look, making fashion aficionados worldwide want a piece of the action. Rappers are even getting in on the trend; Chance the rapper featured the ‘Gucci money belt’ in one of his songs, propelling it to be one of the brand’s bestsellers.
These bags are no doubt famous for their utilitarian appeal however you can also find velvet versions, or even lace to add a touch of femininity. You may see it referred to as a hipbag or even a fanny pack but whatever you call it, there’s no denying this is one handy accessory that’s a perfect hybrid of fashion and function. It allows you to go out carefree, not weighed down while being fabulously stylish at all times.
Now let’s take a little look at the history. The bag was actually invented in 1962 by Australian Melba Stone who was said to be inspired by kangaroo pouches. In the 1990s, it was welcomed into the disco scene, allowing dancers to go hands-free. Who would have thought that decades later they would still be on everyone’s style radar?
The easiest way to wear these is by tying a classic black bumbag around a coat for a modern edge or why not channel the nineties look by pairing it with high-waisted jeans, ankle boots and a turtleneck.
By Sarah Jimaa