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Fanny Pack

OMG, are you still wearing that thing?

by James Kelly

Please take it off before you hurt yourself.

Wikipedia claims 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 the United States.

So why do you have it pulled around to the front? Is it to help hold up your pants or to keep your family heirlooms safe while you’re out of the house?

Fanny packs reached the peak of their popularity in the late 1980s and early-to mid-1990s. You get that right? 80’s to mid 90’s. That was over twenty years ago. Time to move on.

Really though, I kinda get the man purse thing, especially if it has that Indiana Jones worn out leather look. You can almost call those fashionable, at least if you live in a big city. I wouldn’t want to head down to the local watering hole, say in Butte, Montana with my Stetson, boots and a well worn man purse however. You might end up in a dust up.

The man purse for $200.00 does in some way add a sense of style in certain venues. The fanny pack purchased for $9.95 or less at the Everything Bags store, not so much, unless you’re six years old and that’s where you keep your gum and your cell phone.

Today, fanny packs are considered to be a fashion faux pas. Still, you see them around, usually in combination with the Tilley hat; which isn’t so bad if you’re way out in the mountains taking wild life photos or trekking through Nepal on a National Geographic tour, but if you’re in downtown LA, you’re gonna stand out like a guy in a Tilley hat and a fanny pack.


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