We’ve seen the future of fashion, and it’s all about fanny. From the streets to the runways, nearly-forgotten fanny packs are now back, with vegan designs at the forefront of the trend. Reinvented as “waist bags,” “hip bags,” and “belt bags,” these eighties throwback accessories are no longer the sad sacks at the bottom of thrift store bargain bins. Vegan-friendly designers are ensuring that trendsetters can wear the look, completely cruelty-free.


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1. MeDusa
Well, hello there, gorgeous waist bag. Where have you been all of our lives? This fresh combination of classic vegan leather and high-tech embossed PVC comes together in a super-chic fanny pack from all-vegan designer MeDusa that is as suited to an evening at an art opening as a Sunday brunch. The bag is available in a variety of colors, including metallic gold and beige, and a more subdued royal blue and black.


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2. Petals and Hammers
This vibrant green statement piece from Petals and Hammers combines classic quilting and metallic studs for a fanny pack that demands to be seen. Combine it with something light and flowing for contrast, or add it to your casual outfit for some fun.


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3. Stella McCartney
Warning: though you may be trying to keep your fashion budget in check, once you get a taste of this gorgeous Stella McCartney belt bag, patterned with concentric stars, you may never go back. Yes, it’s pricey. But isn’t your fanny worth it?


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4. Matt and Nat
All-vegan designer Matt & Nat offers an elegant interpretation of the old school fanny pack, with a constructed cruelty-free piece available in colors including deep blue “Allure,” gray “Cement,” and the red-toned “Fig.”


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5. Danielle Nicole
Sometimes the greatest fashion statements are made with clean lines and thoughtful details. At $62, this sleek rounded hip bag with elegant gold hardware offers high-impact fashion in a simple design. As stylish slung over a shoulder as it is cinching a waist.


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6. Mali + Lili
You’ll be turning heads with this lipstick-red belt bag that is just as perfect for a hot night out as it is with jeans. It’s small enough to tote on your date, but big enough for your phone, keys, and wallet. If red feels a little too bold, it’s also available in an earthier olive.


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7. JanSport
Founded in the sixties, JanSport has been making packs to carry our necessities for decades. Their waist packs comes in a wide range of designs and are rugged enough to take with you on a Saturday hike. This one was the result of a collaboration with artist and skateboarder Mark Gonzales.


Maya Gottfried is the Digital Editor for VegNews and author of the books Vegan Love: Dating and Partnering for the Cruelty-Free Gal and Our Farm: By the Animals of Farm Sanctuary.

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