Convenient Chic - Fanny Packs
Yeah, the fanny pack trend is coming back. And I LOVE IT.
I used to be a big handbag person. Then I got to college, turned legal and 'less' definitely became 'more' when it came to purses. So I converted to cross body bags instead. Soon after, I found that fanny packs actually worked out for me more on the rare occasion I actually went on nights out. With most things though, the pros come with some cons.
I always like to end on a good note so let's get real with the cons first. Belt bags (the more chic term I use for the casual fanny pack) suck when you have to use the restroom really badly. It definitely turns into a challenge when you're tipsy too. Belt bags can be pricey, wouldn't it break your heart to see it in nasty toilet water? Yeah. I feel like majority of us would. Second, you can't fit a lot of things in it. If your favorite lippie comes in bulky packaging and it's either that or your battery pack, the lippie isn't gonna help you in an emergency- priorities, honey. But honestly, the pros have so much more value than these cons, so let's hear 'em.
In addition to being fashionable, some fanny packs buckle like belts, adding functionality to its convenience. Items are easily accessible to you, not to mention, you're now hands/arms/shoulders free of the traditional purse! It's light weight. For those of you who have a bad habit bringing too many things (myself included), the small space will definitely encourage you to only take what's truly needed.
And last but definitely not least - it's made me feel a lot safer. If you're a woman & you're reading this, all of these things make me feel more prepared when I'm out & about at night. Instead of worrying about possibly losing something from my cross-body, or dropping my keys from my pocket, or getting my phone stolen out of my hands (the list goes on, really), both hands are free and I can focus more on my surroundings. Let's get real for a second, if the worst happens (and I bless you, I hope it never does) you can defend yourself easily.
At first I had a difficult time thinking about what I needed because I'm the kind of person who likes to be prepared for emergencies. But prioritizing what I truly needed has been such a night out game changer.
So don't knock the belt bag. Convenient chic is a thing. Let's love it together.
- Always keep your bags closed.
- Make sure you bring bags with zippers at night. Not too many zippers though, make sure it's easy access for YOU but difficult for pick-pockets.
- If you don't have a portable charger/battery @ the moment, AIRPLANE MODE is your bff.
- Always be aware of your surroundings.
- Go in pairs. Go in groups. Never go alone.
- NEVER DRINK & DRIVE. Have a designated driver.
For more information about how you can be safer on nights out:
Metropolitan Police Department - https://mpdc.dc.gov/node/201282