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The Best Bum Bags For Men This Summer: From Designer Bum Bags To High Street

Fashion, Mens Fashion Trends
Friday, 28th June, 2019

Just when you thought you’d missed out, bum bags are back in fashion!

If you are 25 years old or under, then you can be forgiven if you don’t know what a bum bag is, but if you’re like me, and grew up with 90’s fashion trends, then you’ll know all about them, and probably had one, if not a few.

The bum bag was quite iconic, used by many mostly for holidays and festivals, and used to a lesser extend as a general bag to carry around small items for daily use. However times have changed, we carry around a lot of small things, and can occasionally need something to carry them in. From phones to cameras and other tech devices, there’s so much we carry.

If you’re a girl you may get a small bag, but guys tend not to use a bag unless they want to carry around larger items, such as tablets or laptops. So they’re not only practical, but they’ve come into fashion, and love them or hate them, we’ll probably be seeing more and more this season.

Bumbag Designs

There’s a whole host of designs from different brands and clothing labels, from popular bag brands such as Herschal Supply Co. and Eastpak, to the high street fashion brands, TOPMAN, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and more. You can get everything from a plain style to something more colourful to something with outrageous patterns, all styles are covered for this trend.

The high street is not the only place to get them, the high end, luxury brands are putting their own spin on them too. With brands such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Burberry among others jumping on the trend, preferring to call them belt bags.

Bum Bags, Waist Bags, Belt Bags And Others

There’s a certain cheesy 90’s style stigma which comes with a bum bag, so many brands are trying to shy away from the name, and call them something else, something more trendy or up to date. You’ll hear some brands calling them waist bags, hip bags and small cross body bags, but they’re pretty much all bumbags, as you can tell from the design. If you’re an American you’ll probably know these as fanny packs. (If you’re an American reading this, ‘fanny’ means something completely different in the UK 😉 )

How To Wear A Bumbag

Back in the day people only wore a bumbag one way; Around their waist. You’d wear it front facing around your waste, and that was that. To modernise the style, there’s a couple of other ways you can wear yours, if wearing it around your waist isn’t cool enough.

You can wear it cross-body, with the bag to the front. You can wear it reverse cross-body, with the main compartment to the back. You can also wear it to the side on one of your hips.

Why Waist Bags Are So Great

Even though they may have been considered a bit uncool, in terms of practicality they’ve always been great. It’s nothing unusual for fashion trends and practicality to be poles apart, but occasionally they do come together, and this is one of those cases. You can get bags with several compartments while maintaining a small space, so plenty places to keep a bottle of water, food, keys, phone, camera and everything else you may need.

Do I Need To Be Trendy To Wear A Bum Bag?

It could be one of those items which looks silly and out-dated if it’s not worn by the right people with the right style. As they become more mainstream you’ll start to feel you fit in with the trend. Keep things to a minimal style by wearing a plain coloured design, staple colours black, grey and navy will work well with most of your clothing, brown could be another option, and if you really want to embrace the summer, try a pastel colour.

The Best Bum Bags This Season From The High Street

Here’s this year’s selection of bum bags which you can buy right now.



When it comes to high street menswear brands, TOPMAN has a few great bumbag options. From the 90’s big retro brands, to the newer labels, there’s plenty on offer.

Kappa is all about retro fashion, and this bumbag has it. The strap comes with the famous Banda pattern, with the front printed with the trademark logo. It looks great in black, and is yours for £25 .

Another brand with great vintage fashion history is Levi’s. I love this waist bag which they do, it looks on brand in the red, with the logo in white, two colours synonymous with Levi’s. £20 .

Last up is the blue bag from Champion. Another brand which has enjoyed a comeback, it has a minimal design with the Champion logo to the front. £20 .



A brand you may not have heard of, Eastpak are a brand guys need to know about when looking to get a bag at a reasonable price. They have a range which is available for a little less from Amazon at £17, and this style of bum bag is available in a large selection of colours, some can be seen above.

Herschel Supply Co.


Herschel is another brand you should know about when looking for bags of all kind, and they have a nice collection which they call hip packs. There are a few different styles, which come in a large number of different colours to suit.

The first one is fifteen hip pack which is compact while still having plenty of room to store your things. £25 – 

The Sixteen hip pack is slightly bigger, with a longer compartment, and can be styled over the shoulder as well as round the waist. £27 –.

The Seventeen hip pack has multiple compartments, so you can organise your belongings much easier. This costs £30

Calvin Klein


Calvin Klein are back for another season of bum bags, with a lot of options. There’s a few very large options, however I’ve stuck with tradition and picked out the smaller bags which they have for this season.

I like the black and white geo-metric patterns of the first bum bag, and stands out. £45 .

The second is something you’re definitely not going to lose, as it’s an electric bright green/yellow colour. This will stand out and look good when you pair it with neutral colour clothing. £45 –  here.

Finally the all black bumbag keeps everything low key. It has the Calvin Klein word branding and the zipper the full length of the bumbag, giving you that little bit of extra room This costs £55 – here.

Tommy Hilfiger


Tommy Hilfiger has another great line up of designs and options when it comes to it’s bum bag range. The bags can be worn around the waist, or as a cross body.

First up is the red, white and blue Tommy Hilfiger bag which has a colour block design. It’s a mid-to-large size and can pack quite a bit inside. £60 –.

The second is black with the Tommy Jeans repeat pattern in the contrasting white colour. The all bumbag is made from faux leather, and costs £70 –.

The bright white bumbag comes with chunky navy blue detailing, including 2 zip compartments and Tommy Jeans logo to the front. Made from cotton you can get this for £60 –.

Designer Bum Bags & Luxury Leather Belt Bags)

The high end luxury brands and designer fashion labels have got on to this trend which originally came from the high street in the 90’s, and have put a twist on it that only the luxury brands do. Bum bags is clearly a naughty word in the fashion world, so the designer labels are mostly calling them belt bags, or usually leather belt bags since they come with a leather strap, rather than a nylon one found at the cheaper end of the market.

Can you dress up a bum bag? Apparently so! You call it a leather belt bag, and wear it over some high end fashion, and you’re all set. Belt bags regained popularity in 2017, but have now got the fashionistas talking and wearing the accessory with other high fashion. What was super casual has now become a stylish trend for the smart casual man and woman.

The Gucci Leather Belt Bag

One of the most on trend designer belt bags of 2018 for both men and women has to be the Marmont Matelassé from Gucci. It comes with the double G logo and is a quilted design, styled here with a suit. It’s yours for £795


Gucci have plenty of other options when it comes to this Summer’s hottest trend. The first one is the GG Supreme with tonal monogram graphic, yours for £530.

Second is the Gucci Courrier GG Supreme belt bag with monogram pattern and printed design. This one is £705 and you can get it.

Finally it’s the Gucci graphic logo with the infamous print of interlocking G logo and trademark red and green colour on the black bag, and matching strap. It comes in at £875 and you can get it.


Keeping things quintessentially British, Burberry keep the name bum bag, and add their own stamp onto the trend with their luxury designs.

The first is a stylish black bag with the simple Burberry text on the zipper compartment. This one is £350 –.

The second is slightly bigger, with larger Burberry text and comes in white with contrasting black. It comes complete with a printed message, My crown is in my heart not on my head. This comes in at £490.

Finally this is a 100% cotton option which comes in natural colour with black, concealed zip and simple but elegant Burberry branding. £450 –.

What do you think of the bumbag trend this season? You can find more of the latest men’s fashion trends and stay stylish this season.

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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