Photos: Jolin Tsai, Yoyo Cao, Aimee Sun Yun Yun / Instagram
The wet market, pasar malams, beer garden kopitiams and your secondary school ODAC bootcamp. These are just some of the places in Singapore where you’ll sport aunties, uncles and gruff PTIs carrying the utilitarian sports-inspired fanny packs.
We’ll be frank here: These hands-free bags — they’re also known as belt- or bum-bags — aren’t necessarily on our list of all-time stylish accessories.
But the great thing about fashion these days? Designers get inspired by anything utilitarian and elevate them to high-fashion status (cue Balenciaga’s gargantuan blanket bags circa Spring-Summer 2017).
Recently, we’ve been seeing more celebrities including the likes of singers Jolin Tsai, Tanya Chua and stylish women like Aimee Sun and Yoyo Cao endorsing and loving this #trending accessory.
Why? Well, thanks to major fashion designers such as Alessandro Michele and Miuccia Prada, the humble hot-in-the-’90s bum-bags have been given a style upgrade. Meaning? Beautiful and witty detailing, luxurious hardware, great leather and altogether a very chic punctuation to complete your style statement.
Scroll down to see the celebrities who’ve decided to team up with their new waist-side companions. Warning: You may even be inspired to pull out your own bum-bag from the back of your closet afterwards.
Jolin Tsai and Tanya Chua
Some bffs share matching tattoos but for famous singers Jolin Tsai and Tanya Chua, they’ll rather have matching bum-bags. Afterall, friends who carry the same bags, stay together right?
Aimee Sun Yun Yun
This is Demonstration Alpha when it comes to getting your fanny-pack game on: If you’re feeling like a riot of prints from top-to-toe (in Aimee’s case, floral), the fanny pack comes in handy as a punctuation mark to direct the eye. And the more arresting the colour, the better. Fire-engine red? Yes, if also to accentuate the red lilies print on her jumpsuit. Clever girl.
Gucci GG Marmont belt bags
Gucci’s Pre-Fall ’17 collection saw design wizard Alessandro Michele breathing new life into the fanny pack trend from the ’90s. The designs that you see here are part of the fashion label’s iconic Marmont range, featuring the signature and unmistakable interlocking Gs.
Chinese actress Song Jia (Red Cliff) shows us how easy it is to elevate the classic white shirt and jeans combo instantly. Just throw on a statement making Prada leather fanny pack of course!
Prefer a more military inspired look? Turn to fashion entrepreneur Yoyo Cao who brings on the layers in this #OOTD. The bum-bag that you see here also makes travel dressing easy; you won’t have to fish through numerous pockets in your trenchcoat to retrieve your belongings.
When I took this iconic absurdity of a picture in 1996 I was one year removed from sleeping on a used mattress I took from a garbage dumpster in the back of an hourly sex motel. Couldn't afford to buy a bed so we do what we gotta do to get by. You can imagine all the fun colorful bodily fluids I tried my best to clean off. 21 years later I'm taking the same photo backstage hosting #SaturdayNightLive for the fifth time. If you're going thru your own tough times "used mattress" stage, do your best to have faith things'll get better and always be willing to outwork your competition because you never know where life is gonna take you. And ALWAYS remember to place a soft tissue under your left elbow as to protect the fabric of the cheap ass swag turtleneck that had you out here looking like a bad ass buff lesbian. Oh and tuck the thumb in the fanny pack. Always tuck the thumb.
And of course, there is the aforementioned The Rock. That this Johnson rocks a fanny on his waist? A-hem, we can go on with the innuendos. But after his improvisation of Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off on the recent Lip Sync Battle, can we expect anything less amusing from him? As his Insta-#throwback shows, in fashion (as in life), some things never change.
Louis Vuitton Menswear FW’17
Are you always ‘borrowing’ clothes from your boyfriend’s closet? Well, come next season, you’ll want to get him to buy this Insta-worthy belt-bag (a collaboration between Louis Vuitton and Supreme) and carry it as a crossbody yourself.