Remember when mom and pop would wear the dreaded neon fanny pack to the annual family vacation in Disneyworld? You were so embarrassed you walked at least ten feet behind!! OK, you can stop cringing now. BagTrends is officially letting all you fabulous bagistas know that fanny packs are back, which means we can disregard the notes in our bagtionary for the time being!

For spring 2007, brave designers decided to reintroduce the accessory and stage its comeback into the fashion world. Hey, it worked for leggings so why not try another 80’s must-have? This time around, fanny packs are less bulgy and more sleek, not made of cheap nylon, but rich leather and silky satin. Often, its disguised as a bag on a belt, with a removable option.

Alice Roi showed a fun oversized black satin coin purse slung at the hip, while 3.1 Phillip Lim (his and hers to the right) presented a more modest version of a belt bag on its runway. Even Marc Jacobs threw in his version of the waist pack adorned with buttons and zippers in his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection.

The accessory may be here for a few seasons, as it was also present on the fall 2007 runways of Kimora Lee Simmons's Baby Phat line and Tracy Reese.

The traditional luxury goods houses also carry a waist option in their handbag collections for you gals who want to invest in a timeless piece. Louis Vuitton  offers a belt with a little removable pouch in their signature monogram (as well as a real fanny pack in their Damien Canvas), while Gucci presents a roomier classic option as well. Prada also makes a waist pack in their trademark nylon.

The fanny pack is being resurrected from fashion taboo to fashion do. Here’s how to wear it:
--DO pair the accessory with a clean silhouette
--DON’T wear baggy t-shirts and shorts, please!
--DO take a cue from the runway and accent a simple, girly dress with a sleek, belted fanny pack
--DON’T wear your waist pouch in the center, try off to the side of the body
--DO try a fanny pack instead of a clutch for no hassle late-night dancing

Paula Lee, Celebrity Trends Editor, Inc., Inc.