Belts are one of our favorite accessories, and they can easily transform an outfit from flat to fantastic. The best part? There are just so many ways to wear them! From an artful knot, to a bold bow, to an over-the-coat approach like we saw on the runways at Mulberry and Burberry . . . it's truly a cinch! Watch our video to see the many ways you can belt it like the best of them this season.
Whether you prefer them skinny, suede, wide, or studded, this season's belt trends are sure to complement all of your outfits. Take note from the runways of Alexander McQueen and Prada by styling your pencil skirts and structured tops with bolder, wider renditions, or channel Marc by Marc Jacobs's classic '70s style in skinnier silhouettes. And once the temperature drops, cinch one over your Winter coat for a directionally chic appeal.
The easiest way to add a little glitz to your look might just be with a sparkly belt. We spotted this glitter bow-waist belt by Miu Miu, and we were instantly inspired to re-create one on our own. Fashion Reporter Allison McNamara put together this simple DIY, so you too can make the same sweet statement accessory at home. On Allison McNamara: H&M top.
Belts are the easiest way to add an extra dose of flair to your look. You can use it to accentuate your waist with a dress, to cinch a cardigan, or to spice up a blouse-and-skirt combo. Today, we're looking to Alexander McQueen's runway for belted inspiration, and re-creating a metallic bow belt that will instantly jazz up any ensemble. Click on to see how it's done.
It may seem like a small detail, but the effect a belt can have on your outfit is actually pretty big. They're both functional and fashionable, a little piece that pulls double-duty by adding interest and helping to flatter your figure. They also happen to be one of the easiest ways to take a look from office to after-hours and a perfect way to experiment with the season's biggest trends in small doses. Yes, they really do all that — and they're, well, a cinch to wear. Just watch on to see our must-have belts of the season — from McQueen's sexy, statement-making belt to Miu Miu's glittered and girlie version, there's a piece for every personality.
When it comes to silhouette-enhancing accessories, there's just nothing that does the trick quite like a great belt. Wide, skinny, double-wrap, triple-wrap, braided, vintage patchwork, exotic textures, or a classic brass buckle iteration — it's the easiest way to cinch your waist and give it a more feminine shape, it's the fastest way to punch up a low-key look, and it's the most subtle way to take an ensemble from casual to polished. Now that we're easing into a transitional dressing state of mind, we're looking to shop the belts that will stay by (and on) our sides from Summer through Fall. Whether you opt for girlier pieces (try a glitter-infused Miu Miu bow-tie belt for ultimate girl power) or you can't resist an eye-catching statement (we'd like to introduce you to Alexander McQueen's corset-inspired wide belt), there's something in here for everyone. Click through to shop our favorites now.
Here's the skinny on your Summer belt options: the slick selection ranges far and wide — the key word being wide. And while these chunkier cinches may seem cumbersome at the outset, let us tell you, it's quite the opposite. A wide belt can do wonders for your silhouette. To make sure you make all the right moves, we've rounded up a handful of the chicest wide belts around and styled them with warm-weather wardrobe essentials. Try a slouchy white trouser with a minimalist navy belt, edge up a shapeless floral maxi dress with a corset-style iteration, or elongate your torso with cool high-waisted shorts and an exotic printed belt. Click through to get some serious wide-belt inspiration, and study up on our quick styling tips, too!
It just might be time to store away our skinny belts for something, well, bigger. With designers like Celine, Balmain, and Alexander McQueen showing a range of statement wide belts on their Spring runways — we also spotted them in a ton of New York Fashion Week collections — we're convinced that this trend is going nowhere fast. That said, we're jumping on board, and if you are too, check out our top picks for the new season, ranging from modern and minimal renditions, to more ornate belts. Style tip: match your belt with your shirt, dress, or pants to create an elongating silhouette; color contrasting tends to cut off your torso. Click the slideshow to shop our editors' picks now.
>> Whether or not you'll actually be attending Fashion Week makes no difference to street-style photographers looking for that perfect snap. If you're looking for a little fashion stardom, we suggest donning some standout accessories. Check out our scintillating selection — varying from a pink Valentino clutch to spiked bracelets from Eddie Borgo; they're sure to leave you standing in the flash zone.
While cruising eco-conscious site ecouterre, I immediately shared their obsession for some bright belts handwoven by Ecuadorean artisans. Minutes later on the Andean Collection site, I had a shopping cart full of bold ethnic accessories, all under $100. Visions of my two favorite resort collections — Proenza and Tory Burch — danced in my head. Wrap one of these belts around a little white dress, add some bold earrings or a beaded necklace, and you'll be one exotic beauty come Spring. And with every purchase, you can feel good knowing that you've helped provide living wages to women artisans in Ecuador.