Fashion Outfits S/S16

Styling Black Bum Bag

Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David

The other day, I was scrolling, mindlessly browsing as I was half watching the EU referendum news on BBC, as you do, and stumbled upon a black leather bum bag. I was surprised that it caught my attention at all because I don’t usually make an effort to look out for them, quite the opposite. However, a force beyond comprehension came over me and somehow I face the morbid thought head on and said… challenge accepted!



bumbag002 Confession time: this isn’t the first bum bag I’ve owned. I’ve had several forced on me by my mum, but before you do your z-snap going ‘Oli’s mummy’s got some style~’, it was only because she was convinced that I would lose everything if I just put them in my pocket. And since I wasn’t old enough to carry a wallet (because there was a legal age for that no one told me about?) she thought my belongings would be safer kept in a bum bag, which is essentially an external pocket.



In all honesty, I used to think they were cool until it was pointed out to me that they were in fact, not cool, which dented my perception on bum bags greatly. Yes, I admit I’ve made a few people my sources of amusement for carrying them but I can’t deny that they are very practical and with a bit of work, I don’t see how they can’t also be aesthetically-pleasing as well…


When I set out on this mission, it was clear I needed some other elements in the outfit to echo the bum bag so it wouldn’t stand out like a sore thumb: apart from the equally black and equally leathery loafers, I also added a little more metallic texture with this cuff bracelet, a gift from a dear friend *shoutout to LiSee!!





As this was my first time styling a bum bag, I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed the look and the post… if you’re one of those bum bag loathers, sorry… I hope my next outfit will be more up your alley, but do leave me a comment anyway and share with me your bum bag stories, ’cause you know we all got one!



Oliver ❤

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  • Reply
    June 27, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    I love the way you’ve worn the black bum bag! I think they are great for festivals and stuff and they seem to have come back in fashion so much more. I remember when people thought only the elderly had them. Yours is beautiful though and online shopping seemed like a great way to get away from everything about the EU referendum.


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    The Style Bounty
    June 27, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    This bag looks nice if you style it right, and you most definitely did! Love the overall outfit!

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    June 28, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I’ve not used one since family holidays as a kid, but I doubt the brightly coloured bumbags with various cartoon characters printed on them aren’t that cool still 😉 Love how you’ve styled this look.

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    Elsa Lee
    June 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

    Interesting take on the bum bag, but I just can’t bring myself to wear one!

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    July 2, 2016 at 12:04 am

    My parents rocked the bumbag in the 90s, mainly for safety reasons. I said to myself I would never wear one but I ended up wearing one on my travels and it is a life saver as one of my friends had her backpack snatched! I think you’ve styled it really well. I always say that style & practicality goes hand in hand.

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      July 4, 2016 at 4:48 pm

      Indeed, Monica. It’s such an underrated piece of accessory that most people need to appreciate!

      Oliver x

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    Carl Baker
    July 2, 2016 at 4:25 am

    I used to have one when I was very young, but I wouldn’t wear one now, but I think your styled this out really well

    Carl Baker

    • Reply
      July 4, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thanks Carl! Same here, I used to have one that I’d carry everywhere I went when I thought it was cool…! ?

      Oliver x

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