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Belts are the type of accessory that tends to go unnoticed. You may have an entire basket or drawer devoted to them at home, but more than likely they spend most of the time snaked together in a pile, coiled up rather than stretched around your waist. But no more! Breaking out a belt is the easiest way to add texture and intrigue to an everyday outfit. That might mean cinching a pair of sleek black trousers with a coordinated leather style or accentuating the waist of a body-con dress by way of a draped chain. Either way, a belt has the power to put a whole new spin on a look you’ve worn a million times.
So where to start when it comes to belt shopping? First, you want to make sure you have the basics covered. A sleek black or brown leather belt is a must in every woman’s closet. Many designer labels—from Gucci to Saint Laurent—have created their own iterations, finished with a logo’d buckle that, like a designer bag, can add a low-lift touch of luxury to casual ensembles. From there, you’ll want to consider belts that are less about function and more about design—a waist belt is great for layering over a jacket or breaking up a dress. And to put an especially trendy twist on a look, consider a chain belt that will add a delightful jingle to your stride.
Ahead, find 36 belts that will help you step up your accessories game. In this case, embracing the look is a cinch.
While a chain belt isn’t necessarily the most practical iteration, it does serve a purpose as a glamorous add-on to both relaxed and dressy looks. Try layering a slouchy iteration over a sleek black dress—it’s a simple combination with maximum impact.
Jacquemus curb chain belt
Missoma Baroque chain belt
B-Low the Belt Maisie chain belt
If you like to accentuate your true waist, a belt that hits right at the midsection is a great way to draw the eye there. It can help to break up blocky outerwear or to rein in a bulky sweater or loose dress.
Frame Timeless buckle waist belt
Bottega Veneta Horsebit buckle belt
Black and Brown Lina wide buckle belt
Sergio Hudson Signature buckle belt
Loewe Gate knotted waist belt
Brown Leather Belts
A simple leather belt in brown is a staple to make sure you have on hand, especially if your style skews especially neutral. A brown belt has a softer touch than black and is great for mixing up with natural materials like a raffia bag or cork wedge sandals.
Andersons croc-effect belt
Rag and Bone Rebound suede belt
Classic Black Belts
There is no tried-and-true staple quite like a classic black belt. This piece is often overlooked, but designers have created a range of iterations that, while simple, have an elegance that will convince you to invest in them for your work wardrobe (and casual occasions too).
Alexander McQueen Molten-effect buckle leather belt
Acne Studios Deconstructed belt
Saint Laurent logo slim belt
So you’ve already covered the fashion basics; now it’s time to consider adding something with a little edge—perhaps something utilitarian inspired? Belts are meant to be practical, after all. Durable fabrics and textures and even belt bags are options worth considering. Better yet, spring for a style with a backpack or seat-belt-inspired buckle.
Off-White industrial belt
Jacquemus La Banane Meunier bag
Whether crocheted or woven with thick yarns, belts exuding the handmade and artisanal will add a bit of that craftcore touch to your look. These styles aren’t just for the modern-day bohemians; they look best when paired with a slick city look. It’s all about the contrast.
Maryam Nassir Zadeh Medallion belt
Tory Burch raffia woven belt
Johanna Ortiz wrap-around belt
Andres Otalora Valencia belt