Old school fanny packs (circa 1980s) have historically gotten a bad rap for their frumpy silhouette, cheap nylon material, and tacky neon-bright colors. The name alone is enough to turn many people off. In terms of coolness, they're akin to, say, mom jeans. But, the new crop of fannies are anything but ugly. The modern-day iterations are hip (and not because they sit at the hip), with structured styles, luxe finishes, and sleek hardware.
Now that the fanny pack has been embraced by the fashion industry, its moniker, not unlike its updated facade, has also received a makeover. Meet the "waist pack" or the "belt bag." It's small enough to hold just the essentials, it makes for a terrific hands-free alternative, and its front-facing style makes it super wearable. All in all, it's perfect for the avid festival-goer or for the girl on the go.
Shop our 13 chic finds that will have you considering the fanny pack:
Rebecca Minkoff, $195; rebeccaminkoff.com
Time's Arrow, $295; shopbop.com
Alexander Wang, $425; nordstrom.com
Alice + Olivia, $237; aliceandolivia.com
Asos, $45; asos.com
Clare V, $266; clarev.com
Ecote, $49; urbanoutfitters.com
Erin Dana, $198; shopbop.com
Elizabeth and James, $295; nordstrom.com
Mango, $40; mango.com
Moschino, $395; moschino.com
Rag & Bone, $595; rag-bone.com
Topshop, $60; topshop.com