When you're on the go, you don't want to have your hands full with your phone, keys or other essentials. After all, then how would you grab a sweet treat from the ice cream truck, carry all your groceries or stop to pet that cute dog on the street?
The solution, of course, is to carry a bag with you everywhere you go — but a big purse or duffel can be pretty bulky. That’s why a sling bag, like a belt bag or crossbody option, is the perfect alternative. These styles allow you to carry around all your essentials, without weighing you down and leaving your shoulders feeling sore.
And lately, these types of bags have been making a splash on the internet. Searches for the terms “belt bag” and “crossbody bag” both reached an all-time high in July, according to Google Trends. The trend has been particularly popular on TikTok, where the #beltbag and #crossbodybag tags have racked up a combined 189.3 million views, with users showing off their favorite options from Lululemon, Baggu, Amazon and more.
“You can carry your essentials, plus more, and it can fit almost any style,” said New York-based stylist and fashion editor Audree Kate Lopez.
Fanny packs are also having a moment due to their wide price range. “You can invest in a nice leather designer bag or find a great nylon, budget-friendly option, too,” she said.
How should you wear a fanny pack or belt bag?
Rather than wearing them around your waist, many folks are starting to style them across their chest (like a crossbody purse) for a more trend-driven look.
“[In] 2020, fashion took a more casual and athleisure take on dressing, thanks to Covid and WFH — so instead of the chunky commuter bag, tote bag or backpack, the mini and micro bags entered the scene (a nod to Y2K fashion) and the fanny pack had a resurgence,” explained Lopez. “People didn't need to carry around a large purse anymore, and our outfits were functional and comfortable. Fanny packs were hands-free for our daily hot girl walks (coined by TikTok stars), running to the grocery store or outdoor exercise.”
Lopez recommended several easy ways to incorporate the accessory into your everyday look. “Pair your fanny pack with a sweat set, baseball hat and trench for an effortless look; or pair with a blazer, turtleneck and jeans for a more elevated street-style look."
If you want to try the trend for yourself, there are a lot of options on the market. From casual belt bags that clock in at under $20 to chic styles that you can pair with any outfit, keep reading to see some of the most popular and trending picks that you can shop now.
Belt bags and crossbody bags under $20
Currently the No. 1 bestselling “Fashion Waist Pack” on Amazon, shoppers have raved about how cute and spacious this bag is. There are 16 different color options to choose from, ranging from solid neutrals to bright shades like orange and neon green.
This belt bag comes in more than 60 variations, including a leather style, a version with a detachable wallet and a quilted option. Meaning, there's something to match everyone's style.
The #Uniqlobag tag has garnered more than 19 million views on TikTok — and if you scroll through the tag, you'll see that most of the videos feature this exact bag. Users say that they are "obsessed" with how it can fit a variety of items in its roomy interior. (One person fit a makeup bag, power bank, wallet, ring holder, candy container, mini spray bottle, phone and keys in theirs.)
This stylish crossbody bag is perfect for the days when you only need to bring along a few essentials. One reviewer said it easily can fit two phones as well as an ID and credit card.
If you're looking for something a little roomier, this crossbody "backpack" fits the bill. According to the brand, it can fit a variety of items — including some versions of iPads! It has a small zippered pocket in the front for your wallet or phone and a larger main compartment for everything else.
Made with a waterproof nylon material, this fanny pack is said to be easy to clean, durable and tear-resistant, so you can bring it along for practically any excursion.
You can get this bag in both large and super-large sizes, depending on what you need to tote around. According to the brand, the strap can extend from 28 inches up to 56 inches. The material is also said to be water-resistant, so it seems like a great option to wear on hot days or for sweaty workouts.
Hurry! This fanny pack is so popular that almost all of the color options are sold out. The black is still in stock, so you should grab it while you still can.
With its faux leather material and thin, adjustable crossbody strap, this bag is a classic and chic option. It comes in some fun shades and patterns, like red or plaid, but if you're looking for an option that you can wear every day, we suggest going with the Cognac color.
Pockets galore! This bag features a few different zippered pockets to help you keep your essentials organized. "This little bag has made a huge difference for me. Now I can carry those things I absolutely must keep on my person, without being weighed down with a bulky or heavy handbag," one reviewer wrote.
With more than 15,900 five-star ratings and an average 4.6-star rating overall, this bag is a clear shopper favorite. It comes in 28 colors, and at its affordable price point, we think it's worth grabbing a few!
If you're worried about keeping your essential items safe on your next vacation, this bag should give you peace of mind. The bag is said to feature reflective parts, a strong zipper and is made to be resistant to tears or scratches.
Talk about a steal! This Everyday Waist Pack is marked down to just $9 right now at Dick's Sporting Goods. You can switch up the way that you wear it by slinging it across your chest one day and clipping it on like a belt the next.
While this sling bag only comes in one size, a couple of reviewers say that the adjustable strap fits plus-size bodies. "Fits perfect on top or under clothes," one person said. "Feels like your own skin or an extra pocket. Love it."
Heading to a sports game or concert in a big arena? This clear fanny pack is stadium-approved and should help you get through that security line stress free.
More trending fanny packs and belt bags to shop
It really doesn’t get more classic than a JanSport fanny pack. This 4.8-star-rated pick comes in multiple colorways, is affordable at $20 and seems a bit larger than other fanny packs on the market — meaning, more room to stash your stuff.
Featuring water-resistant neoprene, an adjustable strap, sneaky pockets for your valuables and a key clip for safekeeping, this Dagne Dover fanny pack will look great with any outfit. Plus, we love that the lining and dust bag are made from Repreve® recycled polyester, which is "a durable, versatile material that turns recycled bottles into bags."
If you’re on the hunt for a fanny pack with more room, this pick from Herschel is for you. Averaging 4.5 stars on the brand's website, it comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, can fit all the necessities and more, and has a simple yet elegant design.
Perfect for the colder months of the year, this cozy fleece fanny from Asos is a steal for just $13.
For all the sporty guys and gals out there, this Adidas Originals fanny pack "screams too cool for school." Wear it around your waist or across your chest — either way, you’ll look pretty fly.
Ideal for hiking, festivals, concerts and general traveling, this fanny pack from Carhartt is made from heavy-duty poly with Rain Defender durable water repellent. This is a large fanny pack that’s great for full-day trips where you’ll need a bit more than just the basics.
With three color options and a sleek design, this L.L. Bean belt bag is lightweight, waterproof and has a roll-top closure — ideal for the great outdoors.
Another bag with tough tech canvas, this pick from The North Face is designed to last a long time in many different weather conditions.
Designed for versatility and style, the Desta Leather Belt Bag is a beautifully crafted fanny pack-like bag that can be worn around your waist throughout the day or transitioned into a crossbody bag, thanks to the removable crossbody strap. The Desta is lined with soft goat leather, has interior and exterior pockets for optimal storage and comes in three complementary colors (black, brown and olive green).
Designed to fit just the essentials, the MZ Wallace Metro Belt Bag is a trend-forward piece that will look great with any outfit this season and the next!