Fanny Packs Are Back In Style Sort Of
Some of you remember fanny packs, as we call them here in the United States much to the amusement of our United Kingdom friends. They were very useful but eventually, like everything else, they fell out of favor with scorn and ridicule.
I don’t care what some of y’all say it was one of the better trends I’ve seen come down the pike when you consider leg warmers, sandals with socks and handlebar mustaches. At least this one had a function and was practical.
You could put your essentials in your pack, bag or whatever you want to call it, hands free to hike, shop art shows, garage sale shop or even jogging. It’s important while out to have your driver’s license, house or car key and if you have room it’s not a bad idea to also have your cell phone in case of emergencies.
Change the name and you have a new style
I was looking for something to put my cell phone in while walking at the park. Instead of buying a separate mp3 player I use my phone but this latest one is too big to fit in my pocket. My yoga pants don’t even have pockets.
I’ve never been too fond of the belt clips some men wear because, well, they look too masculine for my taste.
Browsing through a fashion magazine at the supermarket one day I saw a teaser that said, “Fanny packs make a comeback.” Running out of time I returned the periodical and didn’t think anything else of it. Styles always go in cycles and no matter how much we make fun of a trend it eventually makes it’s way back around.
I still have a black leather fanny pack in my closet.
Waist bag, bag belt, bum bag new name same old product
Anyway, I was browsing through my latest Sahalie catalog and noticed a nice leather belt with a coin purse attached. The description said it was big enough to hold an iPhone, keys and your cards.
The catalog didn’t give measurements so I looked it up online to see if my phone would fit. They keep making cell phones bigger and bigger eventually we’ll have to haul them around in a wagon.
Mine is a HTC Sensation, which is pretty big, and on top of that I have it encased in an Otter Box to protect it because I had to take out a 30 year loan to buy the thing and want to keep it safe.
Anyway, the bag belt from Sahalie wasn’t quite big enough at five inches wide. With the case my smart phone is five and an eighth inches high, a tight squeeze. I wouldn't want to put stress on my buttons so I kept looking. I figured if Sahalie had one there’s a good chance someone else would too.
Also, the one at Sahalie was nicer than I was really looking for. It’s made out of leather and looks nice enough to wear to town. I just need something made out of nylon or other washable material to take to the park when I walk.
Fanny packs not just for women
Photographers have been using them for quite some time now to hold their lenses and accessories. Back in the old days they stored extra film in them but now with digital cameras their load is lighter.
Tool belts are sort of a fanny pack, it is attached to a belt that goes around your waist and holds your stuff.
Lots to choose from
Just like that magazine article says; there are tons of them out there in many sizes, materials and names. I listed a few I found online above. If you are looking for one yourself you will need to know the new titles because we no longer call them fanny packs at least not in most cases. They always do this; they reintroduce old stuff but give it a slightly new look and new name. They think they are fooling us but I’m on to their game. Vintage is in so if you still have one dig it out, use it and you’ll be hip.
Any size, material or shape you want, you can probably find. I found a great one on Amazon that was exactly what I need and it’s RED.
Some are attached to a belt and some you have to hook onto your own strap. Some look more like a purse. They have manly ones and feminine ones, just about anything you could possibly want.
A style that makes sense
There have been some silly ideas that show up in fashion magazines sometimes but at least this one makes sense.
Moms needing hands free, hikers storing gear or joggers needing to carry essentials and identification. I always liked the fanny packs but designers convinced us they were ugly so mine got relegated to the back of the closet never to be seen again; I pulled mine out, it still looks great.
Will we see them everywhere?
Hard to say. You never know about styles, sometimes people get all excited about them and other times not so much. Personally I hope this one sticks around for a while.