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Biggest 2018 Trend: 80s/’90s-style belt bags, especially in leather

When the global political climate is fractious, there’s comfort in a certain kind of nostalgia. The ’80s were a time of economic boom, when fashion and lifestyles were fast and frivolous, where people wore pretty much anything they wanted without a care. If you are one of the lucky ones born in this decade you know we're telling the truth.

Now, With millennials delaying home purchases and starting families, they have high disposable incomes which revisits some of that 80’s hedonism. Pure escapism from the harsh realities of life.

Key pieces this season include masculine checks on power suits, more asymmetry, metallic fabrics and the return of the super-functional fanny pack/bumbag- now with the much more palatable ‘belt bag’!

On the Spring 2018 runways, these came in both ‘formal’ and casual looks. Casual takes took after the classic 80s sporty fanny pack, in kidney bean shape, with many zips and pockets. Kenzo, Marc Jacobs and Balenciaga sent versions of these out on their runways, worn across the hips or slung cross-body.

leather fanny pack bag

More formal and dressy styles came from Gucci, Givenchy and Kate Spade. The use of leather and boxy shapes shifts the style from sporty to polished. Chain embellishment, metal fastenings and brand logos ramp up the luxe factor.

Would you give it a try too? let me know in the comments below.