Between dad shoes, dad bods, and dad hats, you would think our daddy issues would eventually give. But no. Our fraught relationship with paternal style endures and we're currently inspired by dads on vacation. You know the look, because you watched it up close and personal: the Hawaiian print shirt he bought at the gas station that doubles as a tourist shop; cargo shorts with socks with sandals; and, of course, a neck bag. The chest-front accessory stored your family's passports, hard cash, and the day's itinerary. If your dad was extra suspicious, he'd wear it on the inside of his shirt for fear of Disneyland pick pocketers. He looked lame—but now we want to look lame too? That has to be the only way to explain the sudden resurgence of the pops-approved piece.

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Much like the fanny pack, the necklace bag is getting the designer treatment. We first spotted the style on the Gucci runway almost three years ago, but the look is growing in popularity. The Spring 2019 season offered multiple variations: Jacquemus (of bitty bag fame) pioneered the style as coin purses. Gabriela Hearst layered them with gold jewelry, and Burberry went literal with actual passport holders.

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Wear your heart on your sleeve, and your money around your neck, courtesy of Gabriela Hearst.
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On the streets, neck bags are taking their own form. Hypebeasts and baes alike are especially fond of nylon styles that look directly inspired by the OG dad bags. From chest straps to flat pouches, these anti-theft shapes would make your dad proud. Necklace bags might not be for everyone, but with festival season about to commence, the hands-free look is seriously appealing.

Shop Neck Bags at Every Price Point, Here:
Le Pitchou Bag
Jacquemus Le Pitchou Bag
Now 30% Off
$154 at ShopBop
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This lil thing is pure, Instagram fodder. It doesn't store much, but our phones will be in our hands taking a million selfies, anyway. 

Leather Phone Bag
Zara Leather Phone Bag
Now 47% Off
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The gold chain on this affordable style makes it more like jewelry than a bag. 

Leather Utility Belt
Fendi Leather Utility Belt
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Like dads, we love clear instructions. Fendi's necklace features embossed titles to make sure you pack your phone in the right pocket. 

Black Nylon Card Holder Set
Prada Black Nylon Card Holder Set
Now 26% Off
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Double up with Prada's nylon set. It's two neck bags for the price of one. 

Tove Mini Shoulder Bag
Nanushka Tove Mini Shoulder Bag
Now 30% Off
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This Nanushka bag combines the neck bag, the backpack, and body jewelry. What's not to love? 

Full-Grain Leather Cardholder with Webbing Lanyard
Alexander McQueen Full-Grain Leather Cardholder with Webbing Lanyard
Now 60% Off
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This low-key looks like a security badge, but we're not mad at that.  

Lanyard Wallet
Urban Outfitters Lanyard Wallet
Now 60% Off
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Our favorite budget version clocks in under $15, and is an exact replica of the one your dad owns.  

Explorer Pouch
Balenciaga Explorer Pouch
Now 60% Off
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A flat zip pouch is the OG style, but Balenciaga made it branded. 

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Justine Carreon is the market editor at covering fashion, Dutch ovens, and fashion again. When she isn’t approaching style through a modern, accessible lens, she’s scouring eBay for vintage Levi’s and pretending she knows how to surf. Before joining in 2015 she worked as a freelance writer and stylist in New York City.