Because the fanny pack is back - it actually never went anywhere, it’s been all the rage since the 80s here in Croatia. It’s a seriously practical fashion accessory and we’re fools for phasing it out in North America. You’re hands-free, you’ve got lots of storage space, you can double it up as a belt - it’s just so versatile.
You can wear it on the side, in the front, around the back or even over your shoulder. They come in any colour, size or fabric. A nice black leather one for a night on the town, or a fun brightly coloured nylon pack for a day at the beach - just perfect for travelling in Croatia.
Some women do carry purses, but the fanny pack is an essential for all men. Guys love this man purse, although here you would never call it that. In Croatia, it’s known as the “sports pack” to maintain its manliness.
Years ago I asked my husband why he wears this fanny pack - sorry, 'sports pack' - and he looked at me as if I was asking him why he puts on pants in the morning. “Where else am I supposed to put all my stuff?” he replied. It’s that simple. And I get it. And I love it.
Once while travelling around the U.S. when we were younger, I caught my husband wearing not one, but TWO ‘sports packs’ at once, layered one on top of the other. I’m still not fully clear on the need for two, but I didn’t ask questions. I’m not even really sure he would’ve had the answer.
If you travel to Croatia, do yourself a favour and pick up one of these handy pouches. You’ll probably never carry a (man) purse again.
7/27/2016 02:36:11 pm
Such common sense from Croatian men! Fascinating!
7/27/2016 11:42:13 pm
I know! I need to start taking my own advice and ditch my purse for one of these.
7/27/2016 11:02:18 pm
That bag seems quite practical actually. So , maybe it's not about what you wear but how you wear it? ☺ I don't think I saw these in Slovenia or Serbia, though. Is a typically Croatia thing?
7/27/2016 11:50:53 pm
You're right - it's all in how you wear it! Croatians just wear them so confidently that they pull off the style effortlessly ;) It must be a Croatian thing - I haven't seen them (in such full force) in many other places either.
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