The fanny pack was recognized in the world of fashion in 1962 thanks to Melba Stone. Melba Stone was given credit for inventing the fanny pack. Outside of the United States the fanny pack is referred to as the “bumbag”. When I researched the history of the fanny pack there were many articles that provided information. According to one of sites, the bag has been around since 3,300 B.C. The style was worn by the ancient Deadman and they used to use these bags to carry their necessities. It would be worn around waist. Based on Men’s Health Magazine, fanny packs were around in multiple eras but came in many different fabrics.
The fanny pack impacted late 1980s. The 80’s were the golden years for the fanny pack. It was everywhere. It became such popular item because it was so easy to put your necessities inside the pouches and wrap it around your waist. It was worn by bikers, soldiers, teenagers, and adults. As many trends, the fanny pack was short-lived, it just faded out of style. There are many reasons why it went out of style. Two reasons were; adults rocking the trends and teenagers weren’t feeling it and fanny packs going hand and hand with a person’s silhouette.
As predicted the trend found its way back into our closets and fashion shows. It not surprising that the fanny packs are now back in style. I styled three different looks wearing a fanny pack. I already owned two fanny packs, one from designer Michael Kors and another from Calvin Klein. I just recently purchased one from Express. I purchased the two before the trends become poppin again. I would wear them when I’d to go to the park with my daughter. I purchased the Michael Kors’ and Calvin Klein’s’ bags in Loehmanns. I owned it for a while now. I want to show you my take on how I wear the fanny pack.
Let’s start with the fanny pack from Express. I purchased the Express Chain Strap Belt Bag when I was on date with my husband. I kidnapped my husband when I saw it on Express’ Instagram. I was lucky enough to find the black bag. When I look at the fanny pack, it makes reminds me of casual and relaxed. I wanted to style it with an outfit on Saturday at work. I work as an office manager at a dentist office. Since I am ready for Spring, I went with a floral print skirt from the Victoria Beckham collection from Target. It is still reasonably cold in New York. The Winter has become very tiring for me even though I hate the summer. I layered a heavy knitted sweater from French Connected, which has two splits in the side which gives a nice highlight of my curves without making me look bulky. It was about giving color to this outfit. Workwear doesn’t have to be bothering and boring. Adding colors can impact your mood. The pop of citrine from my chunky scarf and blue suede boots made the outfit pop while giving the skirt life. Then there is the flawless contrast between those colors. It is about keeping warm while maintaining my style, so I paired black tights with blue sailor coat boots to balance out the look.
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