We can't pinpoint exactly when the fanny pack fell out of fashion — perhaps around the time Joey Buttafuoco paired it with Zubaz pants in the early '90s?! — but some celebrities seem hell-bent on bringing it back.
Kate Hudson, who knows how to get people talking about her style (did you see that rump-exposing red dress?), was photographed with one while passing through Los Angeles International Airport this week. Make no mistake, it was nothing like the fanny packs of yesteryear — think: a leather or nylon puffy pouch with clips and zips to keep it affixed to the waist. Hudson's was a chic black one with two front pockets and a chain connecting them. And she made her fashion statement just days after the packs were spotted all over the Paris Fashion Week runways.
The single-again blonde isn't the only famous face seen rocking the throwback style that for a long time had been reserved for confused looking tourists in NYC's Times Square or, gasp, moms and dads at Disney World. Here are the other A-listers trying to bring it back…
Fergie: Not only does the songstress have "L.A. Love," she has affection for the bum pack. Over the past month, Josh Duhamel's better half was seen with a quilted Chanel one on multiple occasions while knocking around Los Angeles. Hey, maybe she's got a feeling... about them coming back into style.
Jared Leto: As Yahoo Style recently pointed out, "If anyone can make fanny packs happen, it’s Leto (but only if he keeps his shirt off)." Fact! Even more interesting about Leto's love of the butt sack? The Oscar winner is actually selling them — is he that hard up for income? — on his website for $32. We really hope the pants he's wearing in this photo are for sale too because they're all kinds of amazing.
Sarah Jessica Parker: After setting trends on Sex and the City all those years, the fanny pack on the red carpet is a bit of a tougher sell. However, that didn't deter SJP, who wore one by Chanel to the Art of the Pixel Gala in September over her black Tracy Reese dress. Carrie Bradshaw would approve — she wore one during Season 4 of the show.
The Rock: OK, so this is a throwback photo and the muscular movie star no longer rocks that pack (or that high top hairstyle), but the whole look is so bad it's good. At least for Halloween.
Matthew McConaughey: Our favorite and most loyal celebrity fanny pack wearer though is none other than the Texan, who has long said "all right, all right, all right" to the dude purse. He defended his style choice to a Comcast SportsNet reporter at a MLB game last summer, saying, "I’m not afraid of the fanny pack. You gotta kinda put it on the side to make it look a little not as nerdy, but still, practicality wins out. I got so much gear in here that I don't want in my pockets." When the reporter said she also liked the fanny pack, he added, "Keep doing it, keep wearing it. They'll come back — some decade from now."
So will it be decades from now that they come back or sooner? We'll go with decades.
"I think the fanny pack is quite funny and still pretty strange!" celebrity stylist Jason Bolden tells Yahoo. "Yet I still crave the one Chanel did in the early 1990s crazy lux with Linda Evangelista." But don't expect to see it on the celebs he works with — like Gabrielle Union and Mel B. "I refuse to push it on my clients. Plus, I don't think they would believe me. It's just not my style."
Not many can say it is.