Belt bags were met with a lot of skepticism when they first hit the scene, likely due to their too-close-for-comfort relationship with their predecessor, the fanny pack. But now that they’ve finally earned themselves a spot on fashion “do” lists everywhere, we’re going to go out on a limb and say that you should probably add one to your holiday lineup ASAP. Between noshing on Christmas cookies, sipping on festive cocktails and bustin’ a move on the dance floor, you’re going to need a chic hands-free bag that allows you to do your thang, and a belt bag is it. We’ve just so happened to find the perfect party-ready style, and here, we’re showing you four different ways to wear it straight into the New Year. Whether you pop it on with a shimmery party dress or style it alongside a crazy Christmas sweater, it’ll inject just the right amount of It-girl swagger to any ensemble.


They say everything is better with a side of shimmer, but, girl, you beg to differ. Your party-circuit-ready style is all about keeping things low key, and best believe a non-traditional dress will be at the center of your ensemble. Tone down a sequin-studded slip by layering it under a sheer tulle dress, then step into a pair of tri-color ankle boots that would put even the most festive pair of pumps to shame. Round out the look with lotus pavé earrings, a plum-colored pout and, of course, your handy belt bag.

Zara Metallic Belt Bag ($36), Mango Tulle Dress ($46), H&M Slip Dress ($13), & Other Stories Jacquard Boots ($195) + J.Crew Lotus Pavé Earrings ($65)


Metallic party dresses, eat your hearts out! This sophisticated floral number is just what the doctor ordered as far as office holiday parties and family soirees are concerned. Team it with shimmery tights and amped-up accessories, like mismatched baguette earrings, bow-trimmed booties and a belt bag for a healthy dose of edge — your own personal signature.

Zara Metallic Belt Bag ($36), & Other Stories Gardenia Dress ($95), Zara Leather Heeled Ankle Boots With Bow ($139) + Treasure&Bond Mismatched Baguette Earrings ($39)


Fun and flirty is how you like to play it, so best believe you’ll be balancing out the trendy vibe of your belt bag with dramatic feminine pieces. Play the mix-and-match game like a pro and pair tuck a satin cami into a twirl-worthy sequin skirt for bae’s annual family holiday fête or an upcoming GNO. Toss in a pair of classic ankle strap heels — in velvet, no less — a cascading choker necklace, and a retro cocoon coat, then prepare to hit up every event on your iCal in glamorous fashion.

Zara Metallic Belt Bag ($36), H&M V-Neck Camisole Top ($40), H&M Sequined Skirt ($60), ASOS Hallmark Velvet Heeled Sandals ($53) + Zara Gem Choker-Style Necklace ($30)


Bow down. Who needs party dresses when you have an OMG-worthy velvet jumpsuit like this on hand? The correct answer: No one. Channel your inner street style star for an upcoming gala or NYE bash by going all out with the extras. Our suggestions? A statement necklace, glitter-flecked block heels and a show-stopping metallic belt bag. Hell yeah.

Zara Metallic Belt Bag ($36), Mango Crossed Velvet Jumpsuit ($80), Topshop Royal Glitter Sandals ($92) + Mango Faceted Crystal Necklace ($30)

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