Refer to it as a fanny pack, a Balenciaga Papier shoulder bag, a belt bag-their email list continues. Whatever your dialect, one thing’s without a doubt: In just a minute when so-bad-it’s-so-good go-to’s like socks in sandals and matching sweatsuits have wiggled their long ago into our sartorial repertoire, the needed-the-necessities companion all of a sudden feels not too wrong. Once beloved by Curler Disco Evening-ers in the Roxy, Sex and also the City’s Barbara Bradshaw, Goldie Hawn within the ’80s, and just about any ’90s youthful mother on the move in high-waisted jeans along with a whitened tank, the stylish-embracing accessory has returned-logo design-fied, leopard-printed, embroidered, and adorned-and getting fans everywhere in the runway towards the roads.
As the Pre-Fall collections have unfolded, I’ve found myself drawn to the fashion throwback, particularly as exemplified by Alexander Wang. The suede! The leopard! The padlock claps! Think about it: Slipping Wang’s pony-hair pack over one’s shoulders instantly frees the hands and, to my delight, eradicates the where-to-hide-the-clutch conundrum when it comes time to hit the dance floor. Then just earlier this week, Karl Lagerfeld sent nearly every look down the Chanel Couture runway with a compact case loosely draped waist-side (a not-so-distant relative to the traditional fanny pack) that doubled as a belt to pull together any look, and was large enough for the essentials like iPhone 6+.
As attracted to them as I am, though, I have not actually worn one in public in decades. My first, a Minnie Mouse micro-printed pouch straight from the Magic Kingdom itself, remained in constant rotation for the entirety of my preschool years and, admittedly, well into elementary school. But I’ve never reconsidered returning to the formerly cheap-and-easy, tongue-in-cheek relic as an adult—until now. Could I look myself in the mirror seriously and take to the streets? Absolutely, but most important: not too seriously. The trick here is to take this practical, once again fashionable, accessory out of its passe context, add a dash of wit for a look that is 2016 darty, and maybe leave the skates and the scrunchie at home.