History and Trends of Fanny Packs

It’s common knowledge that the fanny pack, once considered a despised bag type, has seen a considerable uptick in popularity this year.

A short history of fanny packs

The latest iteration of this hands-free accessory, seen on both models and spectators during Fashion Week, is much smoother and influenced by culture than its retro cousin (and is not necessarily worn around the waist).

Bum Bags

But the origins of the fanny pack, or “bum bag” as it’s known elsewhere (in British English, Fannies are a different body part), are as hazy as their status in today’s fashion world. Waist bags, or fanny packs in American English, belt bags in British English.

Moon bags in American English, and belly bags in American English, are small cloth pouches worn like a strip and wrapped around the waist using a strap just above hips and secured, generally with a buckle. Some of the straps will have three-slide hooks to get the perfect fit. It resembles a waist bag and can serve the same purpose.

Waist Bags

In other parts of the world, people refer to them as waist bags or kidney bags (in Spain), but in Italy, they are referred to as the marsupial, which originates from the word marsupium. Because of the television show Skippy the Kangaroo, this particular type of bag is referred to as a Skippy or a kangaroo bags in Costa Rica. There are further variants, such as the wrist pack, which is just a fanny pack that is worn on the wrist.

The pouch is typically worn above the buttocks, hence the American and British titles for the bag: “fanny” and “bud” are slang words in each country for this location. Historically, women carried their purses in the front of their bags.

The History of Bags

native American pouch
native American pouch

Throughout time, individuals carried their bags in front of their bodies as a defense against robbers. Bags worn on belts have been a standard accessory for people of many civilizations dating back to antiquity. The buffalo pouch, used by Native Americans instead of sewn pockets, is one possible ancestor. You can wear your buffalo pouch over your neck or sling it over your shoulder to keep it in front of your chest.

In the year 5000 B.C., Tzi possessed a belt bag. The European antique belt pouch is another ancestor that has been rendered obsolete by the introduction of pockets in clothing. The Scottish long coat, a belted bag similar to a fanny pack, has endured in part because of the inconvenient placement of compartments on a kilt.

The present form, which peaked in popularity in the 1990s, was first developed in the 1980s and is made of nylon and other textile polymers. However, a continuous decline in their popularity since the turn of the century has been seen. The use of these terms was lampooned by the American comedian Weird Al Yankovic in the song “White & Nerdy”.

The bag typically contains mobile devices (along with USB charging connections and backup batteries).

Water bottles, food, tissue paper, first aid supplies, makeup,  isopropyl alcohol, corrective lenses, and pepper spray. Some are designed to conceal a handgun and are commercially available.

In contrast to purses, they do not need the user to carry them, and in comparison to backpacks, they do not place an undue amount of strain on the back. They are typically worn “cross-body” rather than around the waist, even though they are sometimes described as “waist bags.”

You can design your own custom fanny packs or buy a designer option from fashion brands like Chanel and Gucci that are at the vanguard of the trend. Because of their convenience, fanny packs are trendy in “festival fashion,” which refers to the movement of wearing clothing that is more flamboyant.

That’s all ! © Glamourdaze

Sharing is caring!