Fanny pack

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For the hip-hop group, see FannyPack.
Woman wearing a red fanny pack

A fanny pack (American English) or bum bag (British English) is a small fabric pouch usually secured with a zipper and worn by use of a strap around the hips or waist. The American name derives from the fact that they are often worn with the pouch above the buttocks, for which "fanny" is a slang term in the United States, although they may also be worn with the pouch at the front. In some English speaking areas outside of North America, other names are used since the word "fanny" may mean vulva,[1] rather than buttocks.

"Weird Al" Yankovic mocked the wearing of fanny packs in his song "White & Nerdy".

Fanny packs designed for concealed carry are available.[2] In 2012, calling them "belted satchels" or "hands-free bags", several designer labels sought to bring the accessory back by offering stylish and expensive designs selling for as much as $1995.[3][4]

A fanny pack is one variation of a buffalo pouch because buffalo pouches may also be worn on the wrist or carried on the front of the chest via a neck strap or lanyard.[5] Native Americans used buffalo pouches instead of sewing pockets into their clothing.


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  1. ^ "Fanny". 
  2. ^ Chris Ewens (1 April 2010). "Pack Mentality: Rethinking the Fanny Pack". US Concealed Carry Association. Retrieved 14 June 2013. [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Glen Levy (11 February 2011). "Fashion Fail: Are Fanny Packs Really Making a Comeback?". Time. Time Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  4. ^ Rachel Dodes (10 February 2011). "With Fanny Packs on the Runway, Can Mom Jeans Be Far Behind?". The Wall Street Journal. Dow Jones & Company, Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Wandahsega, Larissa. "Buffalo Pouch". Archived from the original on 2015-03-30. Retrieved 2014-07-22.