The Most Fashionable—and Functional—Fanny Packs

The ‘80s are back and they brought their fanny packs with them. Luckily for us, today’s waist bags are not only functional but they’ve also upped their fashion game. The three bags below can all easily hold your cell phone and other essentials, making them a great option for your next hike or night out on the town.

The best-selling Waterfly Soft Fanny Pack is perfect for holding your gear on any occasion—from running around town or running a marathon. This sporty model is water-resistant (but not waterproof) and has an adjustable canvas webbing belt. The belt can accommodate up to a 50-inch waist, and extended waist straps are available for purchase. The bag has one main compartment plus two front pockets, one with a zipper closure and one with a Velcro flap. There is also a hidden rear zippered compartment, and a clip for your keys. The Waterfly comes in 28 different nylon fabrics, including florals and a cool camouflage print. With so many options you’ll be sure to find the perfect one to match your personal style.

With its classic fashion look, the Badiya Quilted Leather bag easily takes you from the office to the club. It comes with two straps – a waist belt and a chain shoulder strap, so you can wear it as a fanny pack, a traditional shoulder bag, or remove the straps entirely and carry it as a clutch. The bag is available in seven finishes, including a surprisingly neutral green, and features gold finish hardware. The magnetic front flap conceals four interior compartments, two of which have zipper closures. Reviewers say the bag feels more expensive than it is, and rave about its versatility. However, one possible drawback is that petite women may find themselves having to punch extra holes in the waist strap since it seems to run a little big.

The Petzilla Leather Waist bag has rustic bohemian fashion appeal, and is surprisingly affordable for a genuine leather bag. Slightly bigger than the other bags reviewed here, the Petzilla has four compartments: two front zipper pockets, a snap button pocket, and a hidden zipper pocket in the rear for extra security. The bag is available in both a light and a dark brown finish and the distressed genuine leather ages nicely. The canvas webbing belt strap accommodates waists from 25 – 50 inches. Like the Badiya bag, petite women may find themselves having to modify the strap length to get the perfect fit.

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