Are the terms

fanny pack

and

stylish

mutually exclusive? Can that hip-hugging workhorse ever be, well, hip? Take a gander at the sassy new Ruffled Waist Purse Fanny Pack from Kinies. Underneath three flamboyant layers of ruffles is a no-nonsense pack with an 11-by-7.5-inch zippered main compartment at the top, and a 6-by-5-inch zippered pocket hidden under the highest ruffle. The interior of the main compartment is divided into three open pouches for organizing essentials, and the smaller pocket is unstructured – just the right size for a smartphone. Made of cotton canvas with a cotton lining and an integrated adjustable buckle-clip-closure belt, the ruffled pack is available in eight colors, from bold purple, red, orange, and teal to more muted shades of gray, blue, and black. Worn jauntily at one hip, hanging a bit ducktail-like (but in a cute way) at the back, or strung over the shoulder, this bag is a fun way to swank up a usually galumphy lump of storage space. Pair the purse with a knit dress, skirt, or slinky pants, and the look is dressy enough for dinner and dancing. How cool to be fancy free and hands-free out on the town - although there's no rule against wearing this show-off for just plain hiking. With all the frills, the price is modestly down to earth.

Kinies Ruffled Waist Purse Fanny Pack is about $26 at www.kinies.com.