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Back in the day, when I saw my mom sporting a fanny pack, I cringed. I was a tween, and my mom was utterly embarrassing with her nylon belt bag. Flash forward a couple of decades and as I juggle four kids at a playground while my diaper bag keeps slipping off my shoulder, I find myself thinking, “Maybe, just maybe, my mom was onto something.”
And I’m not the only one. That’s right friends, fanny packs are BACK. Why? Well, for celebs and fashion-types, it’s because everything that was once old must always be reincarnated.
But for us mamas, there is one simple resounding answer: The bag is incredibly convenient. It allows us to have our hands free—to, ya know, change a diaper or put a bandage on a knee—and it also forces us to pare down the litany of items we’ll throw into our purses before we head out the door. Like, those ten extra snacks or a juice box or a coloring book — the items that result in your purse suddenly weighing 50 pounds.
Oh, and this just in: You can also sling a fanny pack around your body, now. We’ve got options! (They also go by a more sophisticated name in some circles—”belt bags,” thankyouverymuch.)
Is it the ultimate mom bag? Listen, we’re not going to say it is. But we’re also not going to say it’s not. Catch our drift? And if you see yourself in a mirror while sporting your new belt bag, we dare you not to start singing, “I’m too sexy for… my fanny pack.”
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A version of this story was published July 21, 2021. It has been updated.