If you like to keep up with the latest fashion trends, you may be aware that over the course of the last year or so, the fanny pack has become cool again.
They say fashion is cyclical, but of all things that might have made a comeback, the fanny pack may have seemed the least likely. And yet, here we are. On college campuses, the fanny pack is hotter than ever: some companies are reporting over 100% increases in sales. Celebrities are wearing them. They are appearing on the runways of major fashion events. Yes, this is real life. Now, we don’t want to be behind the curve, so let’s take a look at what some of the top designers are doing with the venerable fanny pack (or “belt bag”) this year.
First, we have the Italian-made Papier zip-around belt bag from Balenciaga is made from grained leather in a rich Rouge Pourpre (red-purple) color with polished silver hardware. It features a large zippered pocket lined with leather and black fabric, with two compartments and slots for several cards. There is a second zippered pocket on front and a snap pocket on the back, as well. The zippers are tasseled, and the main pocket is a two-way zipper. The belt strap is slim and adjustable for a perfect fit. The color of this bag makes it a great accent piece. $895.
Next we have this fine sheepskin bag from Moschino. With a textured, slightly shiny black color and gold hardware, this fanny pack really stands out. The letters that make up Moschino are stitched randomly into the sheepskin, giving it a nice textured effect from a distance. A single zippered pocket provides storage for your essentials, while a gold chain with dangling letters spells out Moschino across the front. The belt is adjustable and smooth for a comfortable fit. $795.
If you’re looking for a more understated, elegant look, Gucci has a bag that just might be for you. The Dionysus belt bag is made from coated canvas in a neutral taupe and features the signature “GG” design in dark brown. The flap pocket uses a magnetic snap, rather than a zipper, and is decorated with a silver tiger accent piece. The adjustable strap is made of suede and fastens with a push stud. This bag is a bit larger than the others, giving you plenty of room for storage. $1,500.
The Nano Georgia belt bag from Chloé is a gorgeous bag made from super-soft calfskin leather. This simple, elegant fanny pack features an embossed diamond pattern and gold magnetic closure. The belt is a slim, adjustable gold chain that looks extra-classy with the black leather of the bag. There are two suede-lined compartments for your must-haves. $1,090.
Finally, we have the Prisma textured leather belt bag from Alexander Wang. This is another black leather bag with a chain belt, but is quite different than the Chloé. This bag has a large, angular flap pocket with a magnetic closure, accented with a metallic triangle at the tip. The chain is adjustable and is made of oversized links, giving it quite a different look from the Chloé bag. Inside the main pocket is a smaller zippered pocket with five slots for your cards and ID. $425.00.
If you have money to burn, these bags will all make excellent companions; they are more convenient than a purse and will show that you really know your fashion. And if $1000 is a little out of your fanny pack budget, they’ll at least give you an idea of where trends are heading so you can find something fabulous that suits both your personality and your wallet.