It’s not easy being plus size and wanting to hop on the bum bag hype. The amazing ones in Primark wouldn’t even consider meeting never mind closing. Most were the same and I just stopped trying them on and decided a bum bag was not meant to be.

However I didn’t let it beat me, I wasn’t about to settle for the one plus Size bum bag I’d found (here £12 but boring plain black) so started looking at other options. I soon figured a belt bag was the way to go , as I could simply add my own belt to it to make it fit!

I soon found a host of them with removable belt pieces but my ultimate fave was this River Island one (shock) as it actually matched some of the Aztec woven pieces I’d already been buying like my makeup bag set here! For £22 I thought it was quite reasonable but I also had a cheeky £10 off spend so it was actually only £12! If you sign up using my refer a friend link (which got me the £10 to spend) you can get 20% off your first order making it £17.60. I can’t find it online but keep on seeing it instore – I picked mine up from the Leeds Birstall Retail Park Store so they’re in the smaller stores too! There’s a fab furry version of it here though.


  • Heart Sunglasses – Missguided from Mercari (Kitty Cowell seller!)
  • Tortoiseshell Earrings – ASOS £8 (made into clip on’s) Currently Out Of Stock
  • Pineapple Crop Beach Top – River Island £22 – Sizes XS-L (I’m wearing L)
  • White Denim Shorts – George at Asda £14 – Sizes 8-20 (I’m wearing 20)
  • Belt Bag River Island £22
  • Sandals From Marrakech £4

I didn’t add my own belt for these pics and as you can see I needed my shorts to be about an inch higher for the whole thing to be comfier, so my higher waist black shorts will suit it better I think! But goes to show me with no waist and a size 18/20 can make it work then it should fit up to a 20 with a waist easily.

Size wise I can get my phone, sunglasses and card purse in it which is perfect especially for travelling as when I have my hands full it’s always a pain! I think I’d get my passport in it too so would be perfect for airport travel on a larger belt for comfort.

So tell me have I persuaded you into thinking about investing in a bum bag?