Who said fanny packs can’t be fashionable?

Thank you, Sheila Marquez.

When I wrote about the fanny pack being a desirable item again, there was plenty of skepticism; and rightly so, for ‘fanny pack’, ‘bum bag’ or whatever your national label of choice happens to be, it’s bound to be a dirty word. No thanks to the 80s and 90s. So what we termed it instead was a modern, luxury take: the belt purse. And as well as the critics there have also been, in a few short months, nearly 900 Facebook likes to my post and counting, giving credence to the belt purse as a covetable accessory in 2011.

Now the other factor in all of this, of course, is the quality of the accessory itself, and how it’s worn. Get it wrong and the 90s will call to ask for its horrendous mistakes back (please). Get it right and you’ll stand out as doing something unique, chic and yet oddly classic. Enter Sheila Marquez, getting it right.

fanny pack street style

Snapped by Hanneli in this casual-cool ensemble, the bright red pop of belt purse goodness adds an extra something.

What do you think of the fanny pack / belt purse? Follow that link for more examples and feel free to comment.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.