17 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 are cropping up in many a street style shot.
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.
Wandler Anna Leather Belt Bag
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $415
Theory Leather Belt Bag
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $165
Treasure & Bond Faux Leather Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $59
Cuyana Mini Circle Belt Bag
To buy: cuyana.com, $140
Remi & Reid Billie Belt Bag
To buy: bloomingdales.com, $68
Vere Verto Deco Convertible Belt Bag
To buy: needsupply.com, $340
Herschel Supply Co. Fifteen Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $30
Free People Cecile Belt Bag
To buy: freepeople.com, $48
Gucci GG Marmont Quilted Leather Belt Bag
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $1,100
Fanny Pack Street Style
At 2016’s Paris Couture Week and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, guests wore fanny packs to the shows.
Kara Pebbled Leather Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $245
Mark & Graham Monogrammed Belt Bag
To buy: markandgraham.com, $99
Oliver Thomas Not Yo Granny's Fanny Pack
To buy: theoliverthomas.com, $69
Topshop Clear Purse Belt
To buy: topshop.com, $45
Patagonia Lightweight Travel Mini Belt Bag
To buy: patagonia.com, $29
Molly Shaheen Floral Garden Circle Leather Fanny Pack
To buy: mollyshaheen.com, $245
Chloé Pixie Mini Belt Bag
To buy: net-a-porter.com, $990
Rebecca Minkoff Nylon Belt Bag
To buy: nordstrom.com, $95
A Fanny Pack Hack
If you have a cross-body bag with removable straps, you can double it up around your waist and reattach for a makeshift belt bag.