Rick Owens, Liam Hodges, GCDS and Feng Chen Wang

No big data algorithm could have predicted the astronomic return of the fanny pack.

Backpacks have been popular on the runways during men’s fashion weeks for years, and this season was no different. But what is new this time around is the addition of fanny packs to the roster.

Being coined as the must-have bag of the season, “belt bags” or “waist packs” as they are now being called, developed a negative reputation after their proliferation among tourists, but they have come back with a vengeance and are more stylish than ever.

Houses such as Prada — which offered a colorful take — Louis Vuitton — which has a two-tone monogrammed version — and even Rick Owens’ oversize concept have brought this Eighties fashion staple back from the dead.

This hands-free item will not only give your shoulders a break, but it also offers the convenience of having your items within arms’ reach. And thanks to the fashion elite, the new options will undoubtedly change the public’s perception of the bag.

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