So, the fanny pack. At one time, the fanny pack signaled excessive practicality, and not in a good way. But no more. You can thank designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Michael Kors for bringing the fanny pack back in a stylish way that no one saw coming.
And why not love the fanny pack? Even the high-fashion versions (sometimes called waist bags, waist pouches or belt bags) are still oh-so-handy. Fanny packs are the perfect purses for spring and summer, as they free up your hands for fun in the sun. They’re light, comfortable, and secure. Unlike a purse or a book bag, a fanny pack wraps around the waist to take the pressure off your shoulders and back. That means you get to keep your hands free and maintain your posture.
Your fanny pack options are on the rise — the challenge is finding one with a reasonable price tag. I’ve solving that one right now for you with this list of the cutest fanny packs under $50.
The Cutest Fanny Packs Under $50
In this season where animal prints reign supreme in the concrete jungle, we’d be remiss if we didn’t include at least one printed option. A snakeskin bag with a chain strap lets you make your animal statement without overhauling your wardrobe to match.
Wear this bold bag as a belt or over the shoulder — either way, it brings convenience and style to your wardrobe.
White & Wearable
A white bag works year-round and can blend in to casual and dressier settings. This piece features stitching for interest and texture along with gun-metal grey hardware. At 6 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches, it’s the right size for your essentials — phone, lip color, wallet and comb.
If you’re still wishing you got in on the teddy coat trend, there may be a plush pack in your future. This one is big — 14 inches wide — and has a casual luxe look to it. Wear it out shopping when you’re feeling like a diva. Or pair it with joggers and big, black sunnies on travel days. Someone may even ask for your autograph.
For all their functionality, even the cute fanny packs have a big drawback — they’re not great for those who don’t like adding bulk to the waistline. If you’re in that camp, a flat style may be the right compromise. Sleek and low-profile, the flat fanny pack is just big enough for some cash, credit cards and possibly your phone if you leave the case at home.
This crocodile embossed bag with gold cheetah emblem will be a conversation starter anywhere you go. At 7 inches wide, it’s a nice, compact size that doesn’t overpower your outfit. Wear it with jeans or trousers and a solid-colored top. Then wait for the compliments to roll in.
Topshop’s Dazzler Belt Bag has a sophisticated vibe, thanks to a structured design and bold stitching. You don’t have to go through belt loops with this one. Try it as a belt alternative over a blazer or sweater.
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