Back when life was simple, fanny packs used to roam the land on the hips of true hipsters. The first fanny pack came from Australia in the early 60s by an old lady named Melba Stone, but did not gain popularity until the 80s. The bumbag, as referred to by the English (pip pip!), was a huge success for derailing pick-pockets, providing storage, and being oh so very stylish. In the last decade, however, the fanny pack was the furthest thing from hip.
New York Fashion Week 2013 re-introduced the fanny pack to a new generation of hipsters. The new hip sack had been gaining momentum in past years with designers such as Dolce & Gabbana showing it off on the runway in 2011, but this year, DKNY, Rachel Zoe, and Lacoste decide to pack on their fannies down the catwalk. It’s also one of the hottest music festival accessories!
I personally remember how fabulous the fanny pack was as a 90s kid. My neon one was my pride & joy. If you are interested in reliving the fashion past, try the mint studded Ecote fanny pack ($29), American Apparel fanny packs in various colors ($22), or Etsy.com. The best place however is to look at thrift stores like Mieux & Mieux and various other vintage stores for the authentic 80s fanny packs. Now Mieux dolls, it’s time to weigh in…are you feeling the fanny pack?
Rida Islam, Fashion Editor