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Fanny Pack: The Next Generation

The latest hands-free handbags are a far cry from their ‘80s cousins

Don’t call it a comeback. Fanny packs have shifted from bulges around tourists’ midsections in the ’80s to high-fashion utilitarian accessories seen on runways a few years ago. The latest “belt bags” are smaller, made of softer leathers and exotic materials like snakeskin, and rendered by designers such as Rachel Zoe, DKNY, and the L.A.-based Hipsters for Sisters. Because you know you’ll need both thumbs for that smart phone.