A fanny pack (a.k.a. a "bumbag") is a small pouch, usually sealed by a zipper, with an attached belt, meant to be worn around one's waist, an example of which appears below.

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A fanny pack

There is a similar object that has come into style recently, that looks similar to a fanny pack, and is used by both men and women without contravening gender norms, which is intended to be worn over a single shoulder crossing the wearer's chest or back diagonally.

What is it called?

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    I think we all know what a fanny pack is. Do you have a picture of the thing you actually want a name for?
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 2 at 20:26
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    I suggest you delete the picture, since it will draw attention away from the actual answer you're looking for.
    – Robusto
    Commented Apr 2 at 20:31
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    Is crossbody bag the term you're looking for?
    – alphabet
    Commented Apr 2 at 20:35
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    Also called a sling bag, if I understand the question. Commented Apr 2 at 20:36
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    Also 'chest bag'. Commented Apr 2 at 20:39

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I'm not sure this is what you mean, but I've seen it advertised as a "crossbody fanny pack" or a "shoulder sling bag". Not all department stores in the US use the same terms, though.

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Traditionally, such a bag was called a haversack:

Haversack ...

A haversack, musette bag, or small pack is a bag with a single shoulder strap. Although similar to a backpack, the single shoulder strap differentiates this type from other backpacks. There are exceptions to this general rule.

[Wikipedia, with caveats]

The term is (or was) admittedly used more widely:

Meaning of haversack in English

haversack [noun; count] [old-fashioned]:

a bag, often made from strong, rough cloth, with one or two shoulder straps

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[Cambridge Dictionary]

They were often used in the army:

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