When I was about five years old, my grandma gave me a fanny pack. It technically was a bonus item that came along with a special child-sized suitcase, was one that was made up of rough canvas and alternating primary colors and, on the whole, something that I instinctively knew to be objectively hideous, even at my young and impressionable age. In spite of this, I loved it, and I wore it often (which maybe was a preview for the other unsettling fashion itemsugly fashion items I would come to enjoy as I grew up), which means that pretty much every family photo of me taken between 1998-2001, I am wearing a fanny pack. I bring this up right now not (only) to burden you with my unresolved childhood trauma, but to let you know that it’s back, baby. The fanny pack trend, that is.
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Or, at least, this is what Vogue, Rihanna, and a few other powers that be in the fashion world would like you to believe. According to Vogue, both Rihanna and Kendall Jenner have been spotted wearing fanny packs. Kendall’s is monogrammed! This, we are meant to believe, is enough to mark the harbinger of a true trend.
I am inclined to agree. Rihanna alone is known to make the grotesque desirable (in all things, but particularly when it comes to fashion), so, if she does something clothes-wise, it is only a matter of time before the look trickles down to the masses in a manner so ubiquitous it is impossible to remember a time when we weren’t doing exactly what Rihanna told us to do.
Personally? I’m into it. I don’t talk about this often, but I was in a sorority in college. During my time there, many girls (my “sisters,” technically) utilized the fanny pack to great effect. These were certainly not fashion fanny packs, you understand–they were usually neon-colored, covered in Greek letters, and came from bulk t-shirt manufacturing companies like Comfort Colors–but they certainly made a statement. They made one feel unique in the way that wearing a technically “wacky” item of clothing that you know a lot of other people will be wearing is unique. Besides, fanny packs are comfortable, like a just-tight-enough hug around the waist at all times, and, most of all useful. You can stick a phone, some cash, a debit card and ID in there and, as long as you’re careful about your zipper, you can be pretty certain that you’ll be able to hang onto them all night.
So, fanny packs are back, whether you like it or not. You will be wearing one this summer. You may choose to wear a $380 Louis Vuitton fanny pack, a bootleg sorority fanny pack, or, perhaps, a “vintage” color block fanny pack from 1998. It’s up to you! Just, you know, not that up to you. Fashion is funny like that.
What do you think of the fanny pack trend? Will you be wearing one this summer? Let us know in the comments!