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You’ve seen them on Kanye West, Travis Scott and a slew of style influencers around the globe and when Virgil Abloh debuted his own interpretation of the chest bag for Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2019 last year, the style was thrusted into the world of mass consumerism. Utilitarian influence continues to make its way into the new year and while the idea of carrying your belongings on your front seems a little outlandish, its popularity is gaining full-speed.

Gone are the days (at least for now) when the humble man bag was the go-to accessory of choice. Now, you can elevate any look by strapping in. With the ability to dress up a set of sweats or create cool-factor to a tailored look, the style has more uses than one. So without further-ado here are the best chest bags and holsters for hands-free style

chest bags

Drawing inspiration from military design and even the humble fisherman, chest bags and rigs are the perfect fast-track for the ultimate utilitarian style. Best kept for relaxed streetwear, strap over baggy basics and relaxed pieces for a coherent look.

1017 Alyx 9SM Chest Rig Bag / $1,027 AUD SHOP NOW
Gucci Belt Bag with ’80s Patch in Light Blue / $1,575 AUD SHOP NOW
UO Utility Sling Bag / $35 USD SHOP NOW


Despite its practicality however, the chest bag is not for everyone and if you’re looking for a downplayed option, might we suggest the holster. Based on the same design concepts, the holster lends a more minimalistic approach with just as much functionality. More wearable, pair with smart casual looks or be brave and add to a more tailored ensemble.

Louis Vuitton Utility Harness Bag / $2,720 AUD SHOP NOW
Ambush Pocket Harness / $628 AUD SHOP NOW
A-COLD-WALL Tri-Pocket Utility Holster / £375 GBP SHOP NOW