The Revival of Fanny Packs
Sporting a fanny pack was the in-thing in the 80s and was particularly patronized by almost everyone, from joggers to busy people, who wanted a light carrying sack that could be strapped into their waistlines, within reach of their lifeline things which were basically their house or car keys, cell phones, etc. If we were to dig in the history of fanny packs, this minute purse accessory was introduced in the 15th century in France which was attached to a belt and was called by the French as a chatelaine. Even the name, “fanny pack,” was so-called because it was originally worn around the waist, specifically just above the rear, until its design evolved such that it can be worn slung at the side, hips, or in the middle of the waist, of which because of how it was positioned it gave rise to many name descriptions, like belly bag, buffalo pouch, belt pack, belted satchel, however, the name fanny pack simply stuck more on the people’s minds.
Endorsements from celebrities have revived the clamor for fanny packs, as people see celebrities wearing their small bags snugly around their waists or slung across their bodies, so much so that designers made it more viable for people to have practical selections from utilitarian bags to the ultra chic. Going about on the market today, you can see so many kinds of brands carrying their own fanny pack version in a multitude of fabrics and patterns, like plaid, leather, satin, sequined, animal skin, and even smiley faces. There are so many creative ways to style the fanny pack, especially for women, and here are some fashion recommendations: sleek satchel for the woman on the go, an impossibly chic accessory, a sure-fire back pack statement, an effortless way to be in jeans and jacket, or upgrading the fanny pack with leather iteration. Perhaps, we are seeing more the reasons for the fanny pack’s revival trend, because of its multitude of benefits: fanny packs are incredibly comfortable to wear and use as it can only carry as much and, thus, the more important items are taken in and less of the unnecessary bag stuff; the location of wearing it relieves the physical burden resonating from the back or from the shoulder; one can sneak in a fanny pack as it is a perfect in-between bag and does not easily get as much attention; traveling with a fanny pack, helps ease out the burden of hauling over heavy luggage, but just the bare necessities to be declared to the airport security, such as passport, keys, credit cards, and other small important items; and, finally, this fashion statement accessory will be unabashedly go a long way more for its functionality.