This year we saw something unexpected: the return of the fanny pack. Since then, it has become obvious to all the fashion forward men out there that bags are very necessary. Before this trend re appeared, men were limited to what they could fit in their pockets but no more. With this new need for extra space new trends are appearing, one I am sure you have seen on one of your favourite celebrities is the Chest Rig.

          Celebrity Fashion heavy hitters Kanye West and A$AP Rocky have been seen rocking the 1017 Alyx 9SM Chest Rig (pictured above). This designer version goes for a hefty $745.00.

          Originally Chest Rigs were for utility purpose within the military, offering easily accessible storage for things like amo, or safety devices. Now they offer quick storage for the trendy millennial man.

          Since Alyx released their version of the Chest Rig, many other brands have been hopping on the bandwagon. One brand including Louis Vuitton mens. Virgil Abloh’s take on the Chest Rig trend can be seen at his debut show for the iconic brand.

          This offers men not only a functional, but on trend piece to rock this fall. But what about that price tag? I have only shown you pieces at a high end price point, but in reality this piece is easy to find for a much cheaper price. When it comes to tactical wear becoming a trend, all you have to do to find a cheap alternative is go to everyone’s favourite website: Amazon.

          These are two options I found to replicate Alyx’s version both under $40.00.  

          So what do you think? Will you be running out to find yourself one of these functional “man bags” and if so will you go high end, or Amazon affordable? Trends aside it is very nice to see the menswear including men in the handbag industry.

Written by Deanna Thayer

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