Sometimes I feel like I’m the only one with this weird affinity for those things associated with wandering tourists and 80’s high school teens. They cut you in a funny spot and make your shirt bunch out. And then the most nonexistent muffin top suddenly appears out of nowhere.
Ooh and don’t forget the gnarly rash of the strap rubbing against exposed skin from time to time. I could very well end up on “People of Wal-Mart” when I wear my new pack out of the house, and I’m OK with that.
But please, don’t leave yet. I want to convince you to try this fanny pack trend because it is the BEST accessory to wear hands down.
I first fell in love with my eco-friendly, vegan leather, perforated and perfectly compartmentalized Matt & Nat waist bag. I bought it on Gilt.com and for only $20, it fit the bill. I wanted to go out and not worry about where to stow my belongings.
I’ve never really been a trend follower. I often wear mixed mediums along with spandex. My style is definitely more comfortable than aesthetically pleasing.
Wearing a fanny pack is my way of saying EFF U to current fashion trends. #idowhatiwant The rebel in me wants to influence others to do exactly the same – you do you girl…or guy. I own my fashion decision and wear my unique pieces with pride.
Benefits of Wearing a Fanny Pack
There are so many benefits to wearing a fanny pack. Here are just a few of my faves:
- You get to be HANDS-FREE. I repeat, you get to be hands-free. I love to dance and I hate dancing with a purse clutched in my hand. The hand cramps are just ridiculous. The purse can fly out of my fingers at any moment and smack someone in the face. It is dangerous! A fanny pack is my go-to accessory for festivals, raves, parties, and life. They’re basically guaranteed to help you be worry-free! And who doesn’t love this freedom?
- They come in various sizes, materials, and colors. The possibilities (to enjoy a hands-free life) are endless! Fanny packs can range from $10 to $5,000. My dream fanny back (or the appropriate term for a high-end fanny pack is a “waist bag”) is by Chanel.
- Packs Light: Since they’re small, waist bag will require you to be efficient with what you carry. Take only what you need in your fanny pack. Leave the rest of that junk behind. Minimalism is key to a happy fanny pack lifestyle.
Guide to Choosing a Fanny Pack
Wearing a fanny pack is a test to how comfortable we are in our fashion choices. We stop bowing to the “What Not to Wear” gurus and reach a point where we make decisions based on what makes life easier. With so many styles to choose from, here are some qualities to look for when you’re shopping for a fanny pack.
Here are some tips on how to choose a fanny pack:
- Shape: Do you want your pack to be in the shape of an oval, rectangular, circular, horseshoe, etc. The options are endless really. The most traditional shape is a trapezoid shaped fanny pack that sits at the front or back of the body.
- Size: What do you want to carry in your fanny pack? Make sure it fits all your necessities. A small fanny pack will force you to leave certain things behind and only bring necessities. A fanny pack that is too big may be too heavy for prolonged wear. Determine what your necessities are and go for a fanny pack that fits everything you need.
- Pockets: Think about how many pockets you need and if they need to have zipper or velcro closures. I personally love the hidden pocket behind the pack to stow my credit cards and keys. The main pocket should be spacious enough for all my necessities. A smaller external pocket is nice but usually useless for me. For me, at least one of the pockets has to fit my mobile phone.
- Material: There are so many options to choose from. Do you want genuine leather, nylon, recycled fabric, vegan leather, etc. Waist bags made of animal hide will be more expensive than some of their synthetic counterparts.
- Design: There is a myriad of designs available for your choosing.
- They can be soft or hard-cased (shaped).
- You can choose between studded and smooth surface designs.
- Some fanny packs are adorned with ruffles, fringe, foil, keychains and more. Determine if you want a simple or flashy fanny pack and go from there.
- The buckle can be like a traditional belt with loops or a clasp that clicks when you wear it on your body.
- Cost: Fanny packs can range from $10 to upwards of $4,000.
Best Fanny Pack Recommendations by Brand and Style
Here are my best picks for fanny packs for all types of budgets and styles. I only aspire to own a fancy fanny pack, but if I could afford it…you bet I would buy it. Read on the find the perfect utility bag for your hips.
#1 Starter Fanny
The Jansport 5th Ave Fanny Packs ($17) are great for music festivals, casual totin’ and zipping your way through the grocery store.
I’ve used a ziplock bag inside my bag to protect my electronics while at locations where I know I am bound to get wet (ie. Disney Land, water parks or the beach).
#2 The Badass Fanny Pack
I love the Michael Kors Studded Belt bag ($198). It’s made of genuine leather and the studs are very attractive/urban. This fanny is spacious and has a pocket in the rear as well. It’s definitely the adult fanny in terms of price and design.
#3 lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
Out of all my waist bags, I probably wear lululemon’s Everywhere Belt Bag ($38) the most. This sporty bag is very well made and easy to clean.
The interior has various compartments so that you can keep your important belongings organized and easy to access. It definitely fits a smartphone and more!
#4 ANDI Fanny Pack
ANDI New York is an eco-friendly handbag company that is known for its convertible signature bag.
They also offer various fanny pack styles that can be converted into crossbody bags and clutches. The material is durable and lightweight. You’ll love all the compartments and features of ANDI products.
Related: The ANDI Signature Backpack Review
#5 Small Batch Fanny Packs by Molly Shaheen
Molly Shaheen (see below) makes fanny packs by hand. I love her fringe fanny packs. As of Fall 2018, Molly Shaheen has closed their doors and has sold out of all her products.
#6 AllSaints Sid Waist Bag
I am obsessed with this waist bag from the AllSaints Fall/Winter 2018 collection. It’s offers effortless style and comes with a grommet belt band because Sid would’ve approved it. It only costs $148! Buy it here.
#7 Quilted Waist Bag by Chanel
Say “Hello” to Ch’Fanny. This Fanny pack is made of lamb leather and costs $3,000. Makes (this) grown woman cry. I’m not opposed to buying a counterfeit one from Asia. The price seems overboard for such a small bag, but you know, labels. You can buy this at Chanel or Nordstrom.
OMG they have a green one for this Winter 2019 season. I am DYING.
#8 Matt & Nat Eco-Friendly Fanny Pack
Matt & Nat makes recycled AND vegan leather products. I purchased a fanny pack from them back in 2005 and I still have it. It’s held up really well and has a perforated moto look which I love. It’s also black and goes with everything. The fanny pack was made out of 25 used water bottles!
Matt & Nat waist bags range from $50-$100.
#9 Pineapple Fanny Pack
Show me fruit shaped fanny packs and I’ll probably drool. I love this pineapple bag that would be really fun to wear on a tropical vacation or while grocery shopping.
#10 Unicorn Party Fanny Pack
If you’re looking for the ultimate party fanny, chekc out the Unicorn fanny pack with drink holder ($25) by Tipsy Elves. I mean…why do I not have one of these yet? All it’s missing are some speakers and a laser projection show. Pew pew pew!
Fashion is, to a degree, like an opinion. If you’re comfortable, then how are other people to say otherwise? Always strive to be comfortable and look good through your eyes, and only your eyes. Never let another person’s opinion of something sway you otherwise. Be you-nique!
Now, you know there are four ways to get to my heart: 1) Food, 2) Vacations, 3) Yoga and 4) Fanny packs. Thanks for reading!
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