Wearing: Zara Trench Coat (old but find similar styles here, here, here, and here), Benetton Culottes, Edited Sleeveless Turtleneck (alternatives here and here), Vero Moda Flat Mules (shop similar here), Vogue Eyewear x Gigi Hadid Sunglasses (similar option here ), Larsson & Jennings Watch c/o, and a Mint & Berry Fanny Pack (similar here)
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Ahh comebacks. You either love them (sometimes probably because you didn’t live in the era) or hate them. The idea of wearing something you wore a decade or two back can often make you instantly cringe and rightly so. However, trend comebacks consist most of the time of a contemporary and unexpected spin that can make it fun to wear. In the case of how to wear a fanny pack without making you look like a 90’s schoolgirl, there are tips and tricks to make this accessory give your outfit that extra oomph.
Back in the 90’s I remember getting a fanny pack for school, because I really liked them, though I also must confess that I wanted to look cool, since having one made you instantly one of the cool kids. I remember getting mine in white with some fuchsia pink (I’m wondering if we will look at millenial pink in two decades like we see fuchsia pink now?) printed flowers (or My Little Pony? Can’t remember) combined with other turquoise motifs. It was the dream. Unfortunately, after a season or two, they were not quite as covetable anymore. After two years, they were one of those things you regretted having EVER worn (major #fashionvictim), let’s not even mention a decade aftwards how you just wanted to burn those pictures of you wearing it.
Every decade we see comebacks and during the past years we’ve seen some of the best and the worst of the 80’s and 90’s. However, these trends almost never come just as they were worn back in the day, but they mostly contain a contemporary twist: Be it a sleek material, a different way to wear it and combine it, or a slight change of silhouette and color palettes.
So the million dollar question is: how to wear a fanny pack and look modern without bringing back unwanted memories of elementary school? There are 3 things you should keep in mind:
1. It’s all about the material and color. By all means avoid cheap-looking materials such as plastic and nylon and instead opt for luxe or expensive-looking textures such as leather or vegan leather. Also avoid getting them in too funky colors such as neon pink and yellow, as you don’t want to look as if you still play with Barbies. Brown, tan, beige, black, or neutral and earthy tones will look luxurious, modern, and polished.
2. Wear them in diametrically different ways to how they are traditionally worn. Instead of wearing them facing straight, wear them sidewards, wear them as a belt on top of your trenchcoat, as a shoulder bag.
3. Matchy-matchy. Give your outfit that extra oomph by matching all accessories in the same color. In this way, the fanny pack will complete your look and make it more cohesive.
Of course, I doubt fanny packs are here to stay, so I recommend saving on this one instead of splurging. The highstreet has some great options at the moment.
Are you digging this trend or is it still a no-go for you? If you do like it, do you have any other tips or ideas on how to wear a fanny pack? Let me know in the comments below. x
BTW, if you are looking for more fun ways to accessorize your fall outfit, check out this post.