The waist bag has officially arrived and it’s here to make a fundamental change to the way men dress. The days of dealing with unflattering bulges on account of your phone and wallet are over.

Though the waist bag is comfortably worn across the gender spectrum (it was the number one street style accessory at SA Menswear Week), it’s the first bag trend to arrive in a long time that feels completely comfortable on a man. (The arbitrary source of taboo around a man carrying a handbag will only be acknowledged here, but not discussed further as this is not a thousand page book.)

Back to the practicalities. Pockets offer such limited packing space – just enough for phone, keys and wallet, if that. A bag, however compact, allows the luxury of carrying extras – think lip ice, sunnies, tissues (we are approaching winter) and more. It’s also much safer to have a zip standing between you and a pickpocket. Slinging the bag across your chest makes theft even less likely.

Now let’s talk style. Look down at what you’re wearing right now and just know that adding a waist bag will make it way cooler. It’s the easiest and most affordable wardrobe update to come along in years, and because of the aforementioned practical perks, you best believe it’s here to stay.

Start with a classic colour like black, and then begin to branch out and build your collection. This is a small but important revolution in menswear, and you will thank yourself for being one of the first to join it.

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 Pleather Zip Detail Waist Bag Tan | STYLE REPUBLIC

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R189

 Pleather Zip Detail Waist Bag Brown | STYLE REPUBLIC

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R189

 Pleather Zip Detail Waist Bag Black | STYLE REPUBLIC

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R189


 Basic Nylon Waist Bag Red | STYLE REPUBLIC

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R129

 Basic Nylon Waist Bag Green | STYLE REPUBLIC

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R129

 Basic Nylon Waist Bag Blue | STYLE REPUBLIC

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R129

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