Marie Claire Feature: Cool Fanny Packs & 2021 Handbag Trends

By Marina Liao

“Ever since that ’90s staple, the fanny pack, made a comeback on the runways, everyone has changed their minds about them. Especially after Kendall Jenner and Beyoncé began wearing fanny packs of their own, and street style stars continuously rock them in the front row at Fashion Week. The industry has fully re-embraced this beloved throwback accessory, and it’s time you do, too.

If you’re still skeptical about the trend, or haven’t yet found the fanny pack you love, I understand. There are plenty of duds out there, which is why I went on a hunt to find the very best ones for 2020. These include the most current styles and at every price point. Whether you want a pouch for your trips to the grocery store, a sporty look, or a designer one to replace your crossbody bag with, you’ll find the one within the 15 options, ahead.”

“This handmade bag uses Ethiopian leather for a soft and luxe but casual look. It fits all your weekend essentials: iPhone, keys, cards, and lipstick so you can enjoy that handsfree lifestyle.”

By Julia Gall

“Though most of us embark on fewer outings these days, the need to schlep around our belongings remains. Whether we’re carrying groceries, a bevvy of PPE, or essentials for a quick weekend getaway, women are still very much relying on our handbags. Designers debuting their Spring 2021 collections took note and left us no shortage of options, albeit ones with a more practical edge. While spring collections have historically been a place for summer vacation staples like straw totes and macramé shoulder bags, designers reminded us that the ways women spend their time outdoors shifted in summer 2020. Outdoor bar hopping was replaced by boozy brunch picnics with a select crew; farmer’s market runs took precedent over laptop-schlepping daily commutes; and dressing up the mundane essentials, like water bottles, felt more novel than the micro bag trend of seasons past.

This doesn’t mean a major shift in trends, but rather revisiting some tried-and-true trends and giving these styles a more practical purpose (as opposed to handbags sitting in a dust bag waiting to be paired with something other than sweatpants). At Marie Claire, we love practicality in fashion and making the trends make sense for us, so this is totally up our alley. We’ve taken apart the designers’ offerings and shopped out styles that can work even now, while spring still feels so far ahead.”

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