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Hold your disdain for a moment, people: The much-maligned fanny pack deserves respect. Not only because it’s convenient and lightweight (which it is), but also because über-cool French design house Céline came out with one that is chic and not at all suitable for hiking.

We've discovered a slew of Cali designers who have also re-created the waist pouch, in new shapes and materials that make it virtually unrecognizable as yesterday’s tacky version.

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French Dressing

Céline calls its new accessory a bum bag; the calfskin satchel is meant to be worn snug against the waist in place of a belt.

Céline ($1,900)

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Jazzy Jaguar

Consider a belt bag in animal print, which makes it an eye-catching centerpiece of any outfit.

Clare V. ($269)

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White Denim a Deux

A belt bag in pebbled white leather blends right into your spring uniform of white jeans.

Ames Tovern ($295)

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Chain Reaction

A vegan leather belt bag with a convertible strap allows you to use a matching leather-look belt or chain option for two bags in one. Here, a chain strap turns ho-hum jeans into a fun French-influenced look.

Hipsters for Sisters ($145)

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Multiple Appeals

Many of today?s new belt bags are shape-shifters. With this bag, you can lengthen the strap to wear it cross-body, shorten it to be a hip pack or remove it altogether to make a clutch.

Vere Verto ($332)

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Basic Black

One of the best elements of the new belt bags is the way they elevate an outfit (yes, really). Here, a printed sweatshirt and workout tights look more pulled together paired with a gold-accented hip bag. Plus, it’s small enough to keep near you in yoga class.

Ames Tovern ($295)

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Headed to an outdoor music fest this summer? A fringed waist pack is the groovy way to carry the essentials--keys, cash and phone.

Hipsters for Sisters ($124)

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Prints Charming

How many admiring remarks will you get showing up at the tennis club--or Whole Foods, for that matter--wearing a cheeky printed-leather bag?

Clare V. ($225)

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Bum Wrap

Draw attention to your best feature by wearing your purse as a bum bag.

Vere Verto ($340)

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