I wasn’t always a fan of fanny packs. They reminded me of tourists who have their shit together, which I don’t. But fashion is fickle, so my taste is, too. And this summer, the fanny pack feels cool. Here’s why I’m into the little hip pouch that could:

1. You have no choice but to limit your on-the-go belongings to a minimum.

A fanny pack allows you to carry just enough stuff while going completely hands-free. Full-palm freedom not only enables you to hold other things, like your baby, your dog, groceries or a suitcase (fanny packs are great for traveling), it also makes space for hand-waving weirdness.

2. Fanny packs are like wearing a helmet while biking.

It looks dorky but it makes so much sense. (The fanny pack isn’t a literal lifesaver but at times, it can feel like one.)

3. You don’t have to call them “fanny packs.” 

What about…waist clutch? Or belt bag?

More than anything, it’s the fucking boldness of a fanny pack that impresses me so much. I know Carrie Bradshaw was a fan, Chanel put a pack on the runway and hip hop made them cool long ago, but what I love is that, at their practical tourist core, fanny packs are the nerdiest thing you can sport. I think of The Rock, Jason Bateman, Matthew McConaughey — not the True Detective actor, but the dad. You get the memo.

So here it is. My take on how to wear a fanny pack, waist bag, belt bag, banana bag, bum bag. Call it whatever you want, so long as it’s not late for dinner. Dad joke. Please forgive me.

Follow Stella von Senger on Instagram @stella_vonsenger. Photos by Sandra Semburg, styled by Stella von Senger & DjGigola

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  • Rachel

    As much as I love the idea of the fanny pack I could NEVER wear one only because my dad wears one every single day, everywhere he goes. It’s such an ugly one too and we joke about it constantly. He had forever ruined the fanny pack for me.

  • Carrieanne Luicadi

    I’m very attached to my bum bag (what we call them in the UK). I wear mine running, it keeps my keys, phone and money to hand and obviously looks great- in a tragic sort of way.

  • Abby

    For some inexplicable reason wearing a North Face pack slung across the shoulders like a messenger bag (like the cowboy one above) was very in when I was in high school in St Louis

    • Kellie Schipper

      I REMEMBER THAT (I’m from STL too). Whyyyy hahaha I wanted one so bad at the time.

  • Meg S

    I sometimes wear one when I go out for a walk/run, but I’ve discovered under armour leggings with zip pockets. I only take an arm band for my phone.

    I wonder where my pink fanny pack is. I thought I was the coolest thing ever when I wore it as a kid.

  • lillian c.

    would say my personal style is VERY close to Jason Bateman in the 90s wearing a fanny pack ATOP his sweatshirt. and I am ok with that

  • Christel Michelle

    Wow, I was NOT expecting to be so sartorially inspired by a fanny pack story! LOL love it!!

  • Alison

    Agree to disagree?

  • Dylana

    This is all so great! Need a bag like this now!



  • You do have to call them fanny packs because it so funny here in England and “waist clutch” bears the same issue 😂 Love the piece. A big fan of the saddle sack myself x

  • Maggie Lanham

    I really, truly love Stella’s styling – it’s fun and exuberant and though made of seemingly basic pieces (a sweater, jeans, and sandals; a blouse and high-waist pants) – every outfit transcends simplicity, while feeling inspirational and better yet, attainable. I still reference photos from her suit story, and now I’m adding all of these to my archives!

  • Bo

    yeah but why are the fanny packs styled here all ridiculously designer and overpriced instead of something a standard dad mode Matthew McConaughey (or Matthew McConaughey mode dad?) would buy

  • Emily Levitt

    Love fanny packs, next time include this beautiful gem in the mix! So classy! http://www.hennesseyhandmade.com/shop/cashew-mini

  • Karla Werner Zeuthen

    What is that beautiful white top in the first picture and where do i get one??

  • starryhye

    I must say that ever since I saw Carrie Bradshaw sporting that Gucci waist-bag in Sex and the City, I’ve wanted one. I will occasionally search for them on eBay but have yet to pull the trigger.

  • Robin

    I dont think the pants in the pic with the white flag sweater are linked correctly! Could you please tell me where they are from as I just fell in love

  • tiabarbara

    fun fact: in Australia we call them bum bags (because fanny is slang for vagina)