How To Wear A Fanny Pack In 9 Ways: Fashion Faux Pas To Fabulous

Aren’t fanny packs out of style, you may ask? Well, they are making a comeback, and in full swing too. It’s time to learn how to wear a fanny pack. When you do it right, these handy accessories that can make a world of difference (for both your looks and time on the road).

There are reasons why people are fans of these cuties. For people who are not into fanny packs, we think you will very soon. Let’s dive in to see what makes them so special and how to make them pop.

Fanny packs have become increasingly popular recently.

To Don A Fanny Pack

Even if many don’t regard the belted accessory as high on the list of the most fashionable items (which may change soon), none can deny how it makes your travel easier.

For starters, they are the most secure way of carrying your items. When you keep the pack close to your chest, within your arm’s reach at all times, thieves will have second thoughts about stealing from you. Some packs are even equipped with RFID technology and hidden pockets for further protection.

Secondly, a fanny pack offers hands-free liberation you can’t find in a suitcase or duffle bag. A world where you can roam freely without the burden of a bag swinging from your shoulder is yours.

Next, Searching for your keys or phone in a bottomless bag is a thing of the past. With a fanny pack, everything you need is right at your fingertips. No more rummaging through a sea of items just to find your lip balm. It's like having your personal treasure chest, easily accessible whenever needed.

Remember how hurt or irritated your shoulders or hands are when you wear or carry a backpack for hours at an airport? Yeah, we don’t miss that either. And that’s where the hip pack shines, they rest comfortably on your hip for a long time.

How To Wear A Fanny Pack in 9 Different Ways

Getting a fancy fanny pack is one thing; wearing it is another, especially if this is your first time and you are not sure how to style this item.

Of course, you can just put it on your waist. That does the job, actually. But give us a chance to walk you through more interesting ways to wear this arguably essential item.

1. The Way It Meant To Be

A small fanny pack won’t make you sweat like a backpack.

Simply buckle it up and let it rest comfortably on your hips. The key is to wear it slightly off-centre, either to the side or slightly towards the back. This not only adds a cool and casual vibe to your outfit, but it also prevents the dreaded "fanny pack bulge" that can make you look like you're carrying a small animal around your waist.

CabinZero tips: Fanny packs can leave you with some interesting tan lines if you're not careful. To avoid looking like a zebra, remember to switch up the placement from time to time. Your skin will thank you.

2. Sling It Back (Or Forward)

Excellent approachs for outdoor activities.

To make it a little bit different, you can cross your fanny pack over your chest. It is a more modern touch in comparison with the original approach. Besides accessibility, wearing it this way helps you keep your eye on your bag and items.

Another way to wear your hip pack is positioning it on your back. This style is convenient for those who want to keep their front clear, and it can be an excellent option for activities like hiking or cycling, where you don't want anything obstructing your front view. Be sure to fasten them tight or they may flop around.

3. Make It Pop

Make It Pop
Add a bit of boldness to your overall vibe. Photoo by Silver -
Putting your fanny pack on the outer layer of outfits is a great way to make it a centrepiece to your outfit. This layering effect creates a unique and fashion-forward appearance, making your fanny pack a visible accessory.

4. Under The Hood

When you don’t want visible accessories interrupting your outfit's style. Photo by New Africa -

When you know you are traversing through somewhere with high risks of theft and pickpocketing, you don’t want to flaunt. Thus, putting your fanny packs under the jumper makes sense. Plus, for certain activities like skiing, snowboarding, or hiking, wearing a hip pack under your outerwear keeps it securely positioned and less prone to shifting during movements.

5. Under The Arm/Let It Hang

Works well for more formal or dressed-up occasions, adding a touch of sophistication to your ensemble.

Wearing the fanny pack under your arm on one side can create a sleek and stylish look akin to carrying a clutch. This style offers a streamlined look while keeping your essentials close and secure. Simply adjust the strap to a shorter length, allowing the fanny pack to sit comfortably under your arm.

6. On The Lower Back

An excursion to the beach calls for many pockets to store a myriad of things.

This style is reminiscent of the '90s trend, where people wore fanny packs on their backside. It's a fun and casual way to wear the pack, and it can be a great choice for laid-back outings or a day at the beach.

7. Transform Into A Chest Belt

A neat 2-in-1 way to wear a hip pack for hikers.

To transform your fanny pack into a chest pack, adjust the strap to a shorter length. Next, position the fanny pack on your chest, ensuring it rests comfortably across your upper chest. 

Depending on the design of your fanny pack, you may need to fasten it using buckles, clips, or velcro straps. Just make sure the chest pack sits securely and doesn't shift during movement.

8. Go Big

More storage if you can live with a larger footprint.

It’s a bit of cheating here, but when you want to store more things, simply opt for a crossover bag. You can apply the styles outlined here to the bigger but just as comfortable siblings. 

9. Now Go Small

 Now Go Small
Ain't it a cutie? Photo by ansyvan -

If you're not ready to fully commit to a traditional fanny pack, try a belt bag instead. This modern variation can be worn around your waist. However, they are more seen as an accessory rather than a functional bag. You can also attach it to the strap of your larger hip pack or backpack.

It's Time To Show The World What You Are About

With the fanny packs starting to become en vogue, it makes sense to make it a part of your wardrobe. But how would you make it chic and cool? Rest easy. Here are some ideas to make everyone around you wonder, “who is she/he?”

Over A Maxi Dress For Casual Summer Vibes

Over A Maxi Dress For Casual Summer Vibes
When you want to spend your summer in a faraway land. Photo by Alex -

When it’s hot, nothing beat a breezy maxi dress and a wide-brim hat. And what better way to top it all off than with a bum pack that screams summer? Picture yourself taking a stroll along the beach or a night market in this 10/10 look.

Getting Cosy In The Winter

Enjoy the best the winter has to offer with this cosy style. Photo by Kirill Ozerov on Pexels

Layer a chunky sweater over a plaid shirt, and pair it with jeans and ankle boots. Opt for a neutral-coloured fanny pack that complements the cosy winter tones. This outfit is perfect for casual winter outings, such as a trip to the mall or meeting friends for a warm cup of coffee.

For The Festive Spirits

For The Festive Spirits
What’s better way to immerse yourself in the music without worrying about your stuff? Photo by kleberpicui -

Rock a sequined or metallic fanny pack with a sporty athleisure outfit. Think biker shorts, an oversized graphic hoodie, and chunky trainers. This mix of glitz and comfort will make you stand out.

Business Casual with a Twist

Business Casual with a Twist
Being professional doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. Photo by AS Photo Family -

In a business setting, it's best to keep your fanny pack free of excessive embellishments or loud patterns. It's all about balance. Something minimalistic in complementary colour pairs well with a tailored suit. For a more casual business look, a leather fanny pack is your go-to.

Find Your Inner Voice

Find Your Inner Voice
Be yourself, and find your own way.

Sometimes you don’t have to follow the trend, just wear whatever feels “right” for you. You can find some inspiration and add your twist, or just create your own style. Being comfortable is as important as being confident.

How To Choose The Best Fanny Pack

Not all fanny packs are created equal. Some come with a fun and colourful look, while others have a minimalist design. Wonder where to start? If you need buying advice, here are some.

Always Start With The Size

A one-litre waist belt can only hold the essentials like ID and keys. Three litres one allows you to tote things like guidebooks or even an iPad mini. A 1.6-2 litre capacity is the magic number for many people. Not too big, not too small.

One of the biggest mistakes people make is overstuffing their fanny packs. Sure, they can hold a lot, but that doesn't mean you should carry your entire life in there. Keep it light and only pack the essentials. Your back will thank you, and you'll avoid looking like a walking storage unit.

Make Sure It Fits

The straps are often overlooked. Most can be adjusted from one side, and they seem to be able to stretch infinity, but that’s not the case. Too short of a strap may not fit your waist or chest. So beware of the strap maximum and minimum length. While we are at it, pay attention to the closure mechanism. Some have zippers, while others have buckles or magnetic closures.

Everything in Its Right Place

These compact wonders are an expert at keeping the cumbersome chaos of a messy bag at bay. And that’s made possible by the organisations - the pockets. Think about how much you want to carry. Do you prefer them to be put in front for ease of access? Or you prefer them to be at the back for safety measures?

Can You Wear A Fanny Pack Through TSA?

Wear it wise, and you may make it.

It really depends on your luck. But it would increase a bit if you wear a smaller and thinner one which sticks into your body. In that case, it might be perceived as a part of your outfit. In the best-case scenario, a fanny pack won’t be counted toward your carry-on or personal item.

On the other hand, hanging it on your shoulder or wearing a chunky fanny pack would decrease your already slim chance.

How To Adjust A Fanny Pack Strap

You have two options, either fasten or loosen. The mechanism is the same as the one you find on your backpack. 

  • To fasten, which is to make the belt shorter, start by holding one end of the belt. Then, thread it through the buckle or the clip on the other end of the belt. This will create a loop around your waist which can be adjusted by pulling the loose end of the belt. When the fit is right, fasten the buckle or clip securely to hold the belt in place.
  • To loosen, reverse the process. Slide either the buckle or the clip in the opposite direction. At the same time, pull the loose end of the belt away from it. This will make the loop around your waist larger.

Interested? Get Yourself A Bag 

Now you know how to style a fanny bag. And if no option comes to your mind yet, here are some. With a simple design, CabinZero Fanny Pack is a great option for people who want versatility, comfort, and style. Not boring though since there are a sea of colours for you to choose from.

How to Style a Fanny Pack: Own Your Style

We believe you know how to wear a fanny pack now to express yourself. For people who are unfamiliar with this item, we hope we have ignited your interest.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to own your style and wear your fanny pack with confidence. Fashion is all about expressing yourself, so don't be afraid to experiment and have fun with your look. Remember, trends come and go, but true style is timeless.

So there you have it, a crash course on how to wear a fanny pack like a pro. Do you find the fanny pack revolution a force to be reckoned with? So, don't hesitate to share your thoughts on this post, and encourage others to do the same!

Bui Hoang Hai

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