Matthew McConaughey Defends the Fanny Pack, May Singlehandedly Bring It Back

08/20/2014 at 12:05 PM ET

If we were to ask for your top Hollywood candidates to bring back the much-maligned fanny pack, we’d bet that Matthew McConaughey wouldn’t be near the top of the list. After all, the star has been the unofficial arbiter of all things cool since his Dazed and Confused days. But not only did he sport the accessory (approved by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Disney World-going moms everywhere) to cheer on the Houston Astros, he also defended its honor in an interview with CSN Houston.

Matthew McConaughey fannypackJared Wickerham/Getty

When the reporter expresses some disbelief at McConaughey’s waist-wear of choice, he laughs, then says, “I’m not afraid of the fanny pack. Are you going to put the stuff in your pockets? You’ve got to put it on the side to make look it a little not as nerdy. But still, practicality wins out. I’ve got so much gear in here that I don’t want in my pockets.” And to drive the point home, he declares once more, “I’m not afraid of the fanny pack!”

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“How many times are you around somebody and they’re like, ‘I forgot my so-and-so, I’ve got to go back to the car’?” he ponders. “And I’m like, ‘I got mine right here!’ … [Fanny packs] are on the way back. Some decade from now.” [Insert “Time is a flat circle” joke, then watch the whole video here.]

Are you convinced by McConaughey’s defense? Are you running out to buy it? What’s the best fanny pack you’ve ever owned? So many questions to contemplate this morning.

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Accessories , Bags , Guy Style
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Blue on

The man is hot. Anything he wears (and particularly when he doesn’t wear anything) is hot. Nothing more to be said. But his kid is going to be carrying on the family tradition of masculine gorgeousness in 20 years or so. First-grade girls the world over, prepare yourselves.

Angela on

Levi looks strange but people go on & on how cute Tori Spelling kids are. OK…

Debbie on

My parents both wore those in the 90’s. They make people look weird in the front. Not a fashion statement. Eww

Beth on

Yuck! I highly doubt they will come back!

Angelica on

He can rock the fanny pack!

Ivixen on

One difference is that his isn’t ugly and gawdy. It’s a nice leather one.

ann kramer on

I agree, I hate carrying a purse on vacation or camping. This way your stuff is safer than in your pockets

Peg on

No offense People, but he was at Fenway Park at a Red Sox game, doesn’t matter who they were playing. He’s filming here.

JP on

My husband puts everything in my purse so he doesn’t carry anything but his wallet.

guest on

Has nothing to do with fashion, just don’t like them.

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