A Day in the Life Too... a blog about modest style

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Guest Post: Jill on Fanny Packs (you don't want to miss this!)

[Editor's note: I'm on vacation with my family (destination hint here). Although I'm unable to post right now, some of my most favorite stylish, intelligent, and entertaining bloggers have graciously agreed to guest post. You won't be disappointed...'cept maybe when I get back into town...]

Today's guest poster is the adorable Jill from Spoils of Wear, and I love: her creative but not too-far-out-there sense of style, her approachability that exudes from her photos and her text, her intelligent wit, her adorable pug Miles, her keen fashion sense that transitions seamlessly into every season, and her all-out awesomeness. Thanks for posting today, Jill! Only you could make me reconsider -- seriously -- the fanny pack.
Hi A Day in the Life Too readers!  I’m Jill.  Nice to meet you.  I was thrilled when Brittney asked me to guest post and gave me free reign to write whatever I wanted.  She had no idea what she was getting herself into, poor thing.
I’m here today to fight for a fashion accessory that has been put down and ridiculed for nearly 2 decades.  I’ve heard enough of the snarky remarks and backbiting whispers throughout the fashion community. It’s high time someone made a case for the Fanny Pack.  Don’t hate (isn’t there enough of that in the world?).  Hear me out.
Fanny and I go way back.  Back to the days of neon Umbro shorts and Hypercolor t-shirts.  If Ray Bans can make a comeback in modern fashion, so can Fanny.  I have faith in her.
It’s easy to dwell on the negative of a bygone trend.  Sure, the Fanny Pack had its shortcomings, but so did leggings, high-waisted pants, and leather mini-skirts.  We welcomed THEM back into our closets, didn’t we?  I know I did.  Therefore, I choose to remember Fanny for her good characteristics. 
She created a hands-free environment.  As a child, I could tackle the monkey bars, climb trees, and dip my Pop Rocks never worrying about getting tangled in a purse strap or having my center of gravity thrown off by a backpack.  Fanny carried my tissues, Lip Smackers, scrunchies, and extra safety pins.  She prevented me from over-packing while enabling me to have everything I needed within my grasp.
She was safe.  Ride the roller coaster with change in your pocket and be prepared to lose it.  But give your money to Fanny and you’ll still have it for Dip n’ Dots later.  Have you ever tried to steal a Fanny Pack?  Don’t answer that.  Kleptos of the world know…Fanny Packers are tough targets.
(cue dramatic music)
As an adult, I long for a carrying device that will allow me to tackle over-stuffed clothes racks without having to constantly re-adjust my shoulder strap.  I want a bag that won’t get tangled up in the dog leash.  I want a bag that works for me, not against me.  THAT, my friends, is a bag I can believe in.
(fade out dramatic music)
I’m not asking for the flimsy, nylon style to come back.  Nor do I think leather is necessarily the answer.  The Fanny Pack needs a makeover fit for 2011.  Etsy sellers 5th Season and Marion Max have the right ideas.  ‘Fanny’ may be a little dated, so call it a hip bag, belt pouch or waist pocket, I really don’t care.  I just want to go back to those carefree days when I could wave my hands in the air and wave ‘em like I just don’t care.
I’m bringin’ Fanny back.  Who’s with me?
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