How To Style – 5 Ways with a Bum Bag

I have recently become enamoured with the bumbag, much to my de-facto husband’s disgust. I should say re-enamoured because as a child of the 90s, I’m almost certain I had, and loved, one back in the day.

I can pinpoint the key moments that put the bag most commonly associated with sock and sandle wearing tourists back on my sartorial radar; the Gucci AW17 collection, the associated Gucci campaign, and a re-watch of one of my all-time favourite TV shows The Nanny. Grandma Yetta, whose fanny pack is permanently strapped to her waist, is one of my style icons.

After paying off my credit card for the umpteenth time and remaining debt free for at least one week, I proceeded to shell out the big bucks for the limited edition teal velvet belt bag from Gucci. I had been tossing up between it and a Gucci skirt but the bumbag won out.

Just because the bumbag spawned from the 90s doesn’t mean it can’t be reinvented for the modern day dresser. Here are five suggestions to get your love affair with the fannypack started.


The Bumbag Goes to Brunch

The Bumbag: Gucci

Top: Topshop

Pants: Alexa Chung for Marks and Spencer

Shoes: Topshop

Top Tip: Wear your bumbag over a simple tee and pants combo to let it take centre stage.


The Bumbag Means Business

The Bumbag: Gucci

Blazer: Country Road

Skirt: Vintage Chanel from Claire Inc

Shoes: Topshop

Top Tip: Try wearing your bum bag over a blazer at work. You can keep handy things inside while demonstrating that you mean business.


The Bumbag on the Weekend

The Bumbag: Gucci

Top: Sportsgirl

Jacket: Vintage Chanel from Resurrection Vintage

Jeans: Topshop

Shoes: Topshop

Top Tip: The bumbag is not only beautiful but practical as it can double as a belt to keep your pants up.


The Bumbag Goes to a Garden Party

The Bumbag: Gucci

Dress: Gorman

Shoes: Charlotte Olympia

Top Tip: Try slinging your bumbag casually across your torso for an extra dash of insouciance.


The Bumbag on a Date

The Bumbag: Gucci

Dress: Gorman

Shoes: Vintage Chanel from Claire Inc

Bangle: Vintage Hermes from Designer Opshop

Top Tip: If your bumbag has the option, remove the strap and turn into a clutch. Two bags for the price of one!


The humble bumbag is surprisingly versatile, especially in a luxe colour and/or fabrication. You don’t have to spend a zillion dollars like I did: ASOS and Topshop both have fun affordable versions.

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.


    • Thanks Georgia. It really is so convenient! I keep wanting to wear mine every day!

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