How To Wear a Fanny Pack in 2018

(L-R): Zimmermann, Noon by Noor, Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Tam and Rachel Comey. Photos: Imaxtree

I know what you’re thinking… you remember the fanny pack from way back in the 80’s and early 90’s and didn’t care for the trend then.  So why would you want to buy one now? Well girl, I’m here to tell you they are officially “a thing” again and have gone from dadcore touristy and uncool, to the fashion forward bag of choice among celebrities and street style stars. These bag reboots are both an accessory and a statement piece. High fashion brands y’all know like Balenciaga, Gucci, Chloe and Prada brought fanny packs, or “waist bags” as they call them now, back to the Spring and Fall runways. From there, they have decidedly made a “cool girl” comeback on the street-style scene. Still scared? I know you can pull this off!

Here I am trying my hand at the trend at Coterie market in New York.

There are a billion styles to choose from these days and a variety of price points for every budget. It began with the design houses and now major retailers are jumping on the fanny pack bandwagon. You have your choice of a chain, belt or clip style, and fabrics ranging from nylon and canvas, to leather and fur. The fanny pack of today can be wallet size for just the essentials, or a bit larger to include all the necessities to make it through the day or night hands free. The brilliant style of the bag allows you to wear it around the waist as originally intended, or the updated way, slung across your chest like a cross body bag.

The fanny pack is easy, versatile and completely fashion forward and heading into its’ third season strong and with no chance of slowing down.


Still doubtful? Here’s a look at some street-style stars for some inspiration on the many ways you can embrace the trend.


Add a bit of sophistication to a flannel button down and jean skirt.

A pop of red makes Karlie’s black ensemble stand out.

Wear a belt bag over your coat to cinch your waist.

A fur number over a coat is a bold choice.

Kaia Gerber shows the modern way to wear a fanny pack slung over her chest.

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