Hideous Fashion Trend Is Making a Comeback but Don't Be Scared

For much of my life, I have been firmly against fanny packs. I remember the extreme disdain I felt for anyone sporting one back in the day ... And we all know that there is no one so disdainful as a pre-teen girl. That disdain is something I thought would last my whole life (see also: Birkenstocks), but, um, well, the truth is ... I think I may be changing my mind about fanny packs.

Horrifying, right? No! Wait! It's not what you think!

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I'm not talking about the fanny packs of yesteryear, which, truly, are ridiculous looking. I'm talking about a sleeker, more chic version of the fanny pack. Yes, it does exist! And yes, they are making a comeback.

When I read that Rihanna wore a fanny pack to the Chanel runway show earlier this year, I laughed. But THEN my very hip and fun mom friend came to visit me from Boston recently sporting a quite cute leather item that can only be described as a fanny pack. It was sort of similar to the leather hip bag pictured above. It looked great on her AND left her hands-free, which is "handy" (GET IT?) when you have two little boys, like she does!

I was quite impressed. INTRIGUED, you might say. So I started keeping my eyes out and discovered that TONS of brands are marketing fanny packs -- though some call them "belt bags" or even "BUM BAGS," which is kind of awesome if you think about it. Here are just a few of the really cute options out there. (Note: for the sake of making a point, I included some ridiculously priced bags, which I'll keep in mind if I ever win the lottery!)

Pictured here, clockwise from the top left: ONE by Evan Fanny Pack ($210 at shopbop.com); Sonia Rykiel Metallic Belt Bag ($520 at intermixonline.com); Ecote Marlow Embellished Belt Bag ($49 at urbanoutfitters.com); Harveys Seatbelt Bag Hipster ($84 at zappos.com); Kipling Multiple Belt Bag ($41 at macys.com); MARNI embellished bum bag ($895 at farfetch.com)

Cute, right?!

I'm already a big fan of the cross-body bag; a "fanny/bum/belt" bag just takes it to the next level. Of course, neither a little cross-body nor a fanny pack is realistic for a mom of babies or toddlers who needs to carry around a ton of stuff, but for those days when you want to/can afford to be a little more carefree, I think I may be a fanny pack convert!

What do you think about these updated fanny packs?


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