We're Calling It: Fanny Packs Are Cool Again

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend, but many fashion folks would argue that the perfect handbag takes the cake. So we're not about to convince you to ditch all your beloved purses for good, but we would like to re-introduce you to one type that's fresh yet surprisingly familiar: the fanny pack. Before you laugh these off as just for tourists (or the '80s), hear us out, because these aren't at all like the kind your parents wore on your family trip to Disney World.

These days, tons of brands are reinventing and modernizing the hands-free belt-bag — and the more we picture a life where our hands are more available to shop, eat, and text without constantly holding a carryall, the better these pieces start to look. Plus, there's a style for every look, whether you're into all-black everything, or never say no to a floral. Just in time for festival season (and then summer adventures), the fanny packs ahead will make you realize why this old-school style deserves its place at your waist.

Photo: Courtesy of Net-a-Porter.
With your phone in one hand and a drink in the other, a bedazzled, waist-tie clutch is the perfect, hassle-free evening bag.

Marni Embellished Leather Belt Bag, $1,490, available at Net-a-Porter.
Blending right in.

Herschel Supply Co. 'Fifteen' Belt Bag, $30, available at Nordstrom.
Looks luxury, but the price sure isn't.

Charles & Keith Waist Bag, $49, available at Charles & Keith.
A low-key way to add a splash of color to your weekend jeans-and-a-tee uniform.

Alexander Wang Prisma Fanny Pack, $425, available at Shopbop.
This neutral option doesn't come cheap, but there's no denying it goes with everything in your wardrobe.

Newbark Eva Large Lizard-effect Leather Belt Bag, $1,100, available at Net-a-Porter.
Minimalists can do fanny packs, too.

Zara Clutch Belt Bag, $39.90, available at Zara.
Yet another unique way to wear denim.

American Apparel Denim Fanny Pack, $24, available at American Apparel.
Picnic-ready, beach-ready, weekend-ready.

Clare V. Fanny Pack, $289, available at Clare V.
This one's '90s logo mania at its finest.

FILA Fanny Pack, $26 $20.50, available at ASOS.
A fresh-off-the-runway piece that holds all your belongings and keeps your pants up.

Gucci Dionysus Coated Canvas and Suede Belt Bag, $1,500, available at Net-A-Porter.
Wear now at Coachella, and later on a summer day date.

Ohktein The Compass Belt Bag, $446, available at Ohktein.