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Friday, November 5, 2010

Fanny Packs!

All the cool kids wear them!


The fanny pack (US, Canada), belt pack (US), belly bag (US), Buffalo pouch (US), hip sack (US), hip pack (UK), bum bag (UK, Canada, Oceania), or moon bag (South Africa) is a small fabric pouch secured with a zipper and worn at the waist by a strap around the hips or waist.



They come in so many varied colors!
The name "fanny pack" is derived from the fact that they were traditionally worn facing the rear above the buttocks, for which fanny is a slang term in America. Despite the name, many do not wear fanny packs on their rear because they are easier to pick pocket and harder to access. In the United Kingdom and Anglophone Oceania, the term "bum bag" or "belt bag" is used, since the word "fanny" means vulva, rather than buttocks, in those countries.


Fanny packs reached the peak of their popularity in the late 1980s and early- to mid-1990s. Today, however, fanny packs are considered unfashionable in some countries.[vague] "Weird Al" Yankovic, for instance, associates the wearing of fanny packs in his song "White & Nerdy." Many consider the fanny pack a sure mark for an out-of-place tourist, invoking the traditional tourist stereotypes known around the world.



Keep an eye out for the fanny pack at 2:02


Who knew fanny packs could be sexy?
The handiness and ease of opening of fanny packs has also resulted in them being used as holsters for storing loaded handguns. Many manufacturers make fanny packs that are designed for concealed carry.


For some, their resurrection is a form of ironic retro fashion. In this way, the fanny pack has made something of a comeback among youth in recent years, this time termed a pouch, or less commonly Buffalo pouch. Many top designers such as The North Face, Gucci, Prada, Coach, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton have taken the opportunity to resurrect and redesign the fanny pack.



53 comments:

  1. I think I have one sitting in my closet.

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  2. I've never seen anyone look good in one of those things!

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  3. oh please i see lots of people with them

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  4. I never wore one till high school, I got a really cool pine greenish/tanish punk one that I covered in pins and it was totally awesome.

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  5. I have nothing polite to say about those things so I shall keep my mouth shut :D

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  6. Hahaha I was a dumb 'merican tourist with mah fanny pack all over Europe. NOSTALGIA HARD YO!

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  7. i only like fanny packs when they're filled with DEM DRUGZ

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  8. LOL I had a fanny pack when I was like, 10. Kept all my Army Men in it

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  9. Well I'm not seeing the hot neon colors, so I'm not sur if I lost lol

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  10. I would never wear a fanny pack lol

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  11. weird al is very talented. fanny packs are lame. following

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  12. I had one. I have no idea why I got it. I never used the thing. I think I picked it up at a tag sale for a quarter.

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  13. I'm proud to say I've never owned one.

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  14. Once again, I nostalgiad. You're a great guy and an awesome blogger. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

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  15. I had one of my gameboy coulor...shit that was a while ago...I LOST AGIAIN GOD DAMN!

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  16. Why are they trying to bring this back? It was fad then and I don't think it will be making a huge comeback.

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  17. I would not have survived Lollapalooza this year without my fanny pack! It was a great purchase.

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  18. great things this blog will achieve

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  19. wow, that gives me something to think about

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  20. i used them to hold my marbles. nice

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  21. I remember these. I never actually owned one though.

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  22. Kewl story, bro! waiting for updates from you

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  23. Im glad ive never worn a fanny pack.

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  24. I used them all the time when I went on field trips in elementary school.

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  25. I was watching an old sienfeld and George was wearing a fanny pack! lol

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  26. I definitely remember those. I thought they were ridiculous then and I still do!

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  27. better than putting your stuff in pockets :D

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  28. nice, that gives me something to think about

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  29. i have one of these.does that make me gay?

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  30. its as if the guy in the top picture is not only embracing his inner-douchiness, but quite happy about it

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  31. i lost hard hahahaha digimon tamagotchi were the shit!!!

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