20 Fanny Packs That Are Actually Cool
Just when you think the fashion industry has done it all, it goes and reinvents the fanny pack. Sure, these next-generation, high style hip pouches are billed with sexier names—belt bags, waist wallets, bum bags—but we still see them for what they truly are.
The fanny pack has always been a statement piece, but until a few years ago that statement was either, “Hello, I am very obviously a tourist,” or, “Yes, ’80s–themed parties are still alive and well.” Buckling into one of these human-turned-kangaroo packs was not cute or trendy by any means.
Now, fanny packs are cinching waists and hanging low on the hips of runway models at Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Chloé shows. Fashion-forward celebrities Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, and Blake Lively have been spotted toting their essentials waist-side. Sleek designer fanny packs cropped up in many a street style shot at this year’s Paris Couture Week.
And I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that I want one.
Through the lens of pure practicality, the fanny pack does no wrong. It’s easily accessible, hands-free, and the perfect size for when a backpack is too big and pockets too small. Wearing one, your upper body is totally unencumbered—a weight off your shoulders in every sense of the phrase. But how to style this former faux pas?
To keep it classic, stay simple. We love a minimalist leather fanny pack with a fitted white t-shirt, frayed denim, and some comfy travel shoes or around the waist of a casual, lightweight dress. For a bolder look, pair a printed pack with high-waisted shorts and a body suit or crop top. You can even belt one around a long wrap coat or cardigan to layer up when the temperature cools.
Designer Fanny Packs
Fanny packs graced the runways at (from left) the Ginger & Smart Resort 2017 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and at the Celine A/W 2016 show and the Chanel Haute Couture S/S 2016 show during Paris Fashion Week.
Chloé Georgia Convertible Leather Belt Bag
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $894.
Nu-G Leather Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $44.
Rebecca Minkoff Wendy Belt Bag
To buy: rebeccaminkoff.com, $195.
Alexander Wang Croc Embossed Leather Fanny Pack
To buy: nordstrom.com, $495.
MICHAEL Michael Kors Small Sloan Belt Bag
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $158.
Elizabeth and James Cynnie Leather Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $295.
Kenzo Leather Pouch Belt
To buy: shopbop.com, $325.
Gucci Eden GG Supreme Belt Bag
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $750.
Loeffler Randall Baby Rider Convertible Waist Pack
To buy: amazon.com, $295.00
Fanny Pack Street Style
At 2016’s Paris Couture Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, guests wore fanny packs to the shows.
Clare V. Supreme Fanny Pack
To buy: shopbop.com, $289.
Another Line Fringe Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $42.
Patricia Nash Signature Map Cologne Leather Fanny Pack
To buy: nordstrom.com, $99.
Boohoo Edith Wedge Bum Bag
To buy: boohoo.com, $20.
JanSport The Waisted Fanny Pack
To buy: zappos.com, $25.
Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Hipsack
To buy: amazon.com, $61.
Boohoo Tia Aztec Embroidered Bum Bag
To buy: boohoo.com, $24.
Balenciaga Papier Zip-Around Belt Bag
To buy: bergdorfgoodman.com, $895.
Shaffer Kathleen Fanny Pack
To buy: shopbop.com, $215.
LeSportsac Double Zip Fanny Pack
To buy: shopbop.com, $65.
Mollypacks Soft Black Circle Leather Fanny Pack
A Fanny Pack Hack
If you have a crossbody bag with removable straps, you can double it up around your waist and reattach for a makeshift belt bag.