Sunday, February 9, 2020

Gucci Ophidia iPhone Belt Bag Review

Sharing my latest handbag purchase - the Gucci Ophidia iPhone belt bag. The fanny bag trend is back again in a big way. I wasn't sure if I would be able to pull it off at first. This is one of the trends that it takes some serious style skills to pull off. I did try on several styles but they were all too big for my frame. The bag would take up my entire waist/body. They look ridiculous on me. While browsing, I noticed this iPhone belt bag from Gucci. As the name suggests, it's essentially a phone case. I stopped by my local Gucci boutique to take a look in person and I fell in love. Yes, it's small but it fits a lot and the size suits my petite frame. I am going over some pros and cons below if you're interested in getting this piece. This exact bag is available here, here, here and here.
- The price is attractive: I know it's still a lot for a phone case but for a designer item, $750 is not so bad.
- 2 for the price of 1: The belt is removable. Essentially, you are paying for 2 items: a phone case and a belt. Each piece can be worn separately.
- Versatility: As mentioned above, the phone case can be used as a wallet or as a clutch for a night out. You can also purchase a separate strap and wear this as a wristlet. The possibilities are endless. The belt can also be worn by itself.
- Durability: Since this piece is made out of canvas, it's so durable, yet light-weight and low maintenance. It's perfect for travel, outdoor activities and sporting events.
- Fits all the essentials: Even though this piece is categorized as a phone case, it fits quite a bit. The case has 3 built-in card slots. Technically, you don't really need to carry a wallet with this. However, it fits my Louis Vuitton compact wallet with room to spare. On the left: I can fit a compact wallet, a key fob, a full-size lipstick and my iPhone 11. On the right: If you are not going to carry a wallet, you can fit a pair of sunglasses in there
- The Ophidia line is less popular: I don't necessarily want to carry the same bag that everyone else is going after. I am happy that the Ophidia line is less well known than the Marmont or the Dionysus. I know this leather belt bag or this Marmont belt bag or the Louis Vuitton bum bag are more popular.
- It can be a bit tricky to decide what size to get depending on how you want to wear it. My Gucci belt is a size 75 and it’s perfect to wear with my high-rise and mid-rise jeans. For this particular piece, I wanted to be able to wear it as a waist bag as well as a crossbody bag. At the end, I went with a size 85. It's not perfect but doable. If I want to wear it with my mid-rise jeans, I use the shortest length. It would just be slightly loose wearing it with my high-rise jeans (I might punch an extra hole or wear my other Gucci belt). If I want to wear it crossbody, I'd use the longest length. Like I said, there isn't a perfect solution but there is a workaround. I am thinking about getting this strap to wear it as a crossbody. I think it would be a great option to have. I hope you find this post helpful. What do you think of the belt bag trend?
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