If a bum baglooks like this one, is it still a crime of fashion?

Bumbag

Bum bags. Like shell suits and other sundry items of 80s fashion, they’ll almost guarantee you entry into the Fashion Police Hall of Shame. In fact, even the words alone will generally send any stylish person running for their Chloe Paddington. But the fact remains, there are some occasions when it’s just plain handy to be able to carry your money, keys and mobile attached to a belt around your waits, aren’t there?

And no, we’re don’t mean occasions such as car boot sales, which is when bum bags are commonly spotted, attached to the middle-aged waists of people who’ve watched a few too many episodes of Antiques Road show and are hoping to sell that china shepherdess for at least a fiver. No, we’re talking about other hands-free experiences, like… well, festivals, say. Which is probably why ASOS have called this bum bag the "Festival bum bag" and made it look like something Sienna Miller would maybe wear.

Actually, this one isn’t leather, just "leather look", and ASOS are presumably hoping this will make all the difference. Does it, though? Would you wear the leather-look bum bag, or do you consider ALL bum bags to be crimes of fashion?

8 Comments

  • March 13, 2008

    Diana Sotomayor

    crime of fashion for sure..

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  • March 13, 2008

    Nina

    I dunno, if you’d carry it on the hip rather than the waist, so just like a tool belt for waitresses or stylists, maybe that would work.
    I have a dog and when we go for a walk it’d come in quite handy to have such a belt bag to carry around his dog treats, whistle etc.
    Especially when it’s getting warmer outside you just can’t fit everything into your pockets and I’d hate to have to carry around a bag/ backpack with me.

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  • March 13, 2008

    natasha

    absolutely abominable

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  • March 13, 2008

    sarah

    I know they’re horrid, but they can be sooooo usefull for things like bike riding, when you need to carry a few things (snack, keys, spare tube) but you don’t want to wear a big ol’ bulky day pack.
    I feel like I’m just a bit too much a slave to fashion for not using something that is practical just because it’s indisputibly dorky.
    So, you know, the fact that this one is kind of cute makes me want to say, ‘Yes. Why not?’

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  • March 13, 2008

    Polly

    I’d bet my fanny pack that Sienna Miller would not wear that, even in the dark.
    I do have a bum bag though, its a grey slouchy leather one on a nice leather belt and lies flat at my body so it can’t even be seen. sometimes I use it for dog walking but only when I really don’t want to carry a fancy little titty-splitter along the beach!

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  • March 13, 2008

    Cadi

    Slung low, just maybe. It does seem maddeningly handy. Better than those ankle bags we’ve seen before (and far less likely to get mucky at a fest).

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  • March 15, 2008

    Haley

    I’d wear the sequiny ones that Pat Fields sells, I think this one looks sort of cheap because I could tell it was fake leather (like the kind they have at like H&M) and I think the studs are a bit tacky but I can think of so many occasions when it would be useful.

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  • May 27, 2008

    Abby

    I wore a bum bag recently for a long haul flight allowing it’s usefullness to win out over its horribleness and thought no one would really spot it but when I met my friend at the airport her teenage and stylish daughter gave me a look of disbelief followed by absolute disgust. I wanted to rush in with an explaination to defend my ghastly fashion faux pas but just had to wear my badge of shame in silence. There’s nothing like a withering look from a teenage girl to make us senior (30ish) girls feel like mingers! My bum bag is now in it’s rightful place, The Bin!

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