I have a fanny pack. I’m not talking about a 20-year old leftover sitting in the bottom of the Goodwill donation box, nor am I being ironic. I own a fanny pack, I use it, and I like it. Deal.
I realize that any shred of cool I might have claimed has just gone out the window, and I hope we can still be friends. My daughters treat me like a leper if we’re out in public and I’m fanny-tized. When we went to New York City a couple of years ago I was afraid they would be abducted off the streets of Chinatown because they insisted on walking several blocks behind me.
I don’t fanny-up for important business meetings, swanky events or funerals – there’s a time and place for everything. But they’re extremely practical for a lot of situations. I bet more people would give in to the fanny-allure if they really thought about how great they are to:
tote stuff: Daily life requires a lot of equipment. There are very few places outside my living room where I don’t want to have access to my car keys, Kleenex, pepper spray, drivers license, credit card, spending cash, hairbrush, Chap-stick, cell phone and hand-sanitizer. Any mother of a young child could double this list. You can’t carry more than a Kleenex in today’s skin-tight jeans – ask anyone who has been to a college or pro football game lately, where bags of any kind are banned.
keep your hands free: I need to keep my hands free when:
I usually carry a purse, but they can get in the way. They’re heavy, they dig into your shoulder and they slide right down your arm at the exact moment you’re reaching for a fragile, priceless vase at an antique shop.
stay with you: The world is a dangerous place and I’m careless. Put the two together and the risk rises exponentially that my purse will be:
– left behind.
I might set my purse down in all the excitement of bargain hunting, and the next thing you know, poof! It’s gone. When your valuables are firmly belted around your waist it’s a lot tougher for them to walk away. And while I might not feel it if a robber dipped their hand into my purse, I think I’d notice if somebody was fondling my midsection.
We were talking about this vital fashion accessory just this past weekend and my cousin Kathy, who is a super-chic fashionista, said the fanny pack is coming back into style. Yes! I knew if I waited long enough I would be fashion-forward once more. Wait until I tell my girls!
This would be a good time to root around in my closet and unearth some more classic pieces. Now that the fanny pack is back in style, mom jeans are sure to be cutting-edge again any day now.