If you were to ask trend forecasters in the late 90’s and early 2000’s what item they thought could never make a comeback, I’m sure at least a handful would have answered the fanny pack. Although in the 80’s fanny packs were eternally on-trend, the accessory transitioned from a symbol of utilitarian smarts into a pinnacle of goofy tourist-wear often used as a punchline about someone totally out of sync with what’s stylish. See: Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy.”
By 2015, fanny packs were beginning to emerge as a post-ironic anti-fashion statement, which then quickly turned the item into a must-have for clout chasers and hypebeasts. In 2018, Vogue officially declared that “due to our odd fascination with ugly throwback clothing … the fanny pack has been vindicated.”Right before the pandemic hit, it was impossible to go to any trendy bar in New York without seeing at least a dozen fanny packs — worn by all genders, creeds, and social classes.
Nowadays, pretty much every major designer, label, or brand has its own clever take on the traditional fanny pack. Some hark back to the retro color palettes of the ’80s and ’90s, while others are fresh spins on useful athleisure and health-goth aesthetics.
We’re counting down 19 of the most fashionable fanny packs we could find, ranging from under $10 to over $1000. Check them out, below!