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The Only Ways to Wear a Belt Bag: Hitting Above the Belt

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Summer freedom, and the carefree outings that come with it, is upon us. I just spent the last week traveling and no matter how light my bag is, at the end of walking for about 10 hours, my shoulders, along with everything else, start to ache like never before.

Wouldn’t a belt bag be ideal? As convenient as they are, it’s a tricky thing to wear one without adding unwanted bulk to the midsection. Choosing the right bag is key. These three each have a distinctive shape that definitely does NOT read “fanny pack.” Styling it the right way will help it stand apart from your waistline. Always wear a belt bag at your side. Never put it front and center, in case that isn’t already obvious.

1. Time’s Arrow Dance Belt Bag: A shot of iridescent golden leather makes this bag pop against any neutral color. On Shopbop for $206.50 (from $295).

2. Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Affair Convertible Fanny Bag: Chanel-inspired and convertible as a shoulder bag: this is classic and accommodating. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $195.

3. Bottega Veneta Small Woven Belt Bag: Elevate your belt bag game to luxe levels with Bottega’s tassel-topped essential. At Saks Fifth Avenue for $1,300.

And let’s be honest here, you can’t just throw this over anything. Really, there are only three things you can wear with a belt bag:

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1. Roland Mouret Kelston Cotton-Blend Shorts: Shorts keep things casual so you look like you’re on an expedition – in a good way. On My Theresa for $755.

2. Victoria Beckham Denim Powerhigh High-Rise Skinny Jeans: Jeans that elongate your legs will help streamline. Victoria’s sit high on the waist and are cut extra-close so they’re extra-flattering. On NET-A-PORTER for $270.

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3. Jonathan Simkhai Stretch-Knit Midi Skirt: A slim skirt elevates the look to its maximum potential. I’ve seen girls wear a belt bag over a shirtdress, and it works only if you have an especially slender figure that’s forgiving of any extra bulk. Otherwise, stick to a streamlined skirt. On NET-A-PORTER for $345.

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