Nineties fashion is a big trend for 2014, bringing back acid wash, neon, and tapered pants. Some of the less flattering looks like Zubaz, Hammer pants, and Hypercolor are destined to stay in the past but what about fanny packs?
For some, the answer is a resounding no, never ever ever. For others, all about function. Fanny packs hold more than pockets, keep pant lines clean, and are less bulky than a backpack or shoulder bag.
Matthew McConaughey is in the pro camp. He was recently spotted in a leather fanny pack and had this to say:
I’m not afraid of the fanny pack. Are you going to put the stuff in your pockets? You’ve got to put it on the side to make look it a little not as nerdy. But still, practicality wins out. I’ve got so much gear in here that I don’t want in my pockets. I’m not afraid of the fanny pack!
Detective Rust Cohle doesn’t fear the fanny pack and neither should you. How to make a fanny pack cool? First, you could call it a bum bag, as they do in the UK, instead. There, fanny means entirely something else and is not something you want to strap a pack to.
If you’re going to wear the bum bag, choose a slim pack that doesn’t make you look like you’re a kangaroo. And like Matthew McConaughey said, try wearing it to one side instead of the front.
The fanny pack is also sometimes billed as a crossbody bag. Instead of wearing it on the waist, pull it over one shoulder instead. It’s still a lighter weight option than a backpack and this is a more masculine way to wear it.
Check out a couple cool fanny packs for guys below.