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The fanny pack is truly a versatile look. While some might associate the fanny pack with the eighties, and, ahem, that fashion, designers are reimagining when to wear a fanny pack, or “belt bag,” to emphasize their effortless minimalism and hands-free convenience. The fashion world has taken notice and fanny packs are one of the biggest trends for spring 2021.

Styling the fanny pack around the shoulders breathes new life into the look.
Source: The Cut

When to Wear A Fanny Pack

The reason why fanny packs are cool is that they can easily replace a purse while biking, walking, or, if you are going for that hypebeast look…clubbing. The belted style of fanny packs makes for total ease of wear. And, as most are just the right size to hold a passport, a wallet, your phone, and a pair of headphones, they are a perfect bag for travelling, whether it be abroad, or just around the neighborhood. 

While a fanny pack, or belt bag, can easily be worn across the waist, some people are styling the bag around their shoulders, breathing new life into the look. As all kinds of fashion brands are working to create more exciting streetwear looks, there are dozens of fanny pack styles to choose from. Fiorucci has even stamped a fanny pack with their signature angels. 

Many Fashion Brands are Introducing Fanny Packs to Their Lines.
Source: Fiorucci

Why Fanny Packs Are Cool

Are fanny packs out of style? Nope! Fanny packs are cool again and everyone just has to deal with it. 

The perfect accessory for someone on the go, fanny packs are ideal for walks around the city, summer music festivals, bicycle rides, and a night out. They are incredibly versatile, and come in all kinds of colors and textures—from sporty canvas bags to high fashion Burberry fanny pack (yes, actually). With these convenient hip-huggers, fashionistas don’t have to choose between looking cool and dressing with maximum convenience. 

A Burberry Fanny Pack is…apparently…a thing.
Source: Farfetch

How Much Do Fanny Packs Cost?

Like most things in fashion, fanny packs can be dirt cheap or quite pricey. 99 cents stores sell fanny packs made of cheap plastics that are probably capable of self-combustion, while top brands offer reimagined fanny packs, or “belt bags”, for upwards of three hounded dollars. 

That being said, it’s easy to find a lightweight, reliable fanny pack for around $40 dollars if you want a trustworthy basic. 

For more chic, and sustainably crafted fanny packs, like Hozen’s grain-based vegan leather belt bags, you’ll pay a bit more, but you can expect these higher quality bags to last a lot longer and make a much bigger style statement. 

The Hozen Vegan Leather Belt Bag.

Are Fanny Packs Trending?

One of the reasons fanny packs are cool is that they trend almost effortlessly. While some 2021 fashion picks, like the oversized slippers from Balenciaga, or all the fashion pandemic masks that brands are trying to redress as “trendy,” will be out of style by 2022—fanny packs are a tried-and-true accessory that have stood the test of time. 

Plus, fanny packs, belt bags, and canteen style bags are all parts of the trend of fashion moving towards sustainability and investing in ethical environmental practices, which will never go out of style. Sustainability doesn’t just mean using recycled, or vegan, fabrics, it’s also about reducing consumerism. One of the easiest ways to help the environment is to give up single use plastics, whether this means pre-packing a snack in a fanny pack or ditching water bottles for a cute, and oh-so practical canteen bag.   

Fanny Packs first Came on the Fashion Radar in Tokyo.
Source: Huff Post.

Are Fanny Packs in Style for 2021?

When fanny packs hit the streets of Tokyo as an alternative to crossbody bags, it was inevitable that the trend would rock the fashion world. Whether they are being worn by devotees of athleisure, norm-core Brooklyn kids, soccer moms, eighties fanatics, or Harajuku heart throbs—the answers to the question are fanny packs out of style are solid, solid, NO!
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