The 90s are back and better than ever! While 90s styles are coming back with force this year, my absolute favorite item that’s making it’s re-entrance in the world of fashion is the fanny pack! If you’d asked me two years ago, I’d have told you that putting together the words ‘fanny pack’ and ‘trendy’ in the same sentence would have broken my computer, but a lot of designers have stepped up to the challenge of not only making the fanny pack cool again, but making it look chic.

Woman walks the catwalk with a fanny pack

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I always understood the practicality of the infamous fanny pack, but could never quite get on board with the dumpy neon colors and the plastic fabric. That’s why the re-vamped packs are so exciting—they actually look nice (I swear!). Respected labels like Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, and Tory Burch—just to name a few—have jumped on board this trend and have designed some lovely packs out of nicer materials for the trendy lady. Look for a sophisticated leather or a fun fringe pack to suit your style and personality.

The new designs for this throwback look really make it easy to wear a fanny pack with almost any outfit. Instead of the boring looks from the 80s and 90s, our favorite designers have made them look more like high-end purses rather than that awkward lump your embarrassing aunt insists on wearing around her waist on family vacations. Move it up the body and sling it across your shoulder like a cross-over bag, or wear it at your waist like it’s meant to be—either look will be sure to garner some attention. I wouldn’t recommend trying this look if you’re unsure about it though, as confidence is really key to pulling it off.

Though the packs have been slowly making their way into the fashion scene for most of this year, I think this season is really their moment to shine. They’re great for the summer, and are the perfect bag to keep your things sand-free while on the beach, or to keep your things safe while going wild (responsibly, of course) at a music festival. So get on out there and indulge in a little nostalgia while wearing your totally fashionable fanny pack!