7 New Ways To Wear A Belt

Belts are usually the first step to really having a handle on good, sound styling. There are tons of ways to wear them creatively, but also a ton of ways to wear them disastrously. We're always searching for fun, clever ways on how to wear belts that flatter our figure, keep things in place, and generally help our outfits look as awesome as we dream them to be. Consider the following list of tips and tricks a an inspiration guide to thinking outside of the belt-loops!
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Obi Belt + Shirt/Skirt Combo—Sometimes, a tucked-in shirt can look messy with a fabric skirt. Hide the weird lumps with a wide, obi belt.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Urban Outfitters; Mango Obi Belt, $54.90, available at Mango; The Limited Textured Belt, $34.90, available at The Limited.
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Leather Belt + Loose-Fit Dress—Not everything has to sit high at your waist. Wear your belt loose and slung around your hips to give a shapeless dress an interesting, '70s silhouette.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Pixiemarket; Madewell Missing PIeces Belt, $48, available at Madewell; Cynthia Rowley Leather Belt, $50, available at Cynthia Rowley.
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Shiny Belt + Layered Cardigans—It's hard not to look boxy in thick, textured cardigans and shirts. But if you cinch your waist with an eye-grabbing, skinny belt in a patent or bright color, you can keep from looking like a soup can.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Net-a-Porter; Zara Leather Belt, $39.90, available at select Zara stores; J.Crew Pin-Slim Patent Belt, $29.50, available at J.Crew.
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Wide Belt + Body-Con Dress—Sometimes a body-con dress can feel too revealing. Break up the line with a super-wide, corset-like belt. It adds a little eye candy to your look while giving you a little leeway to go crazy on the hors d'oeuvres.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Net-a-Porter; Yves Saint Laurent Wide Belt, $295, available at YSL; Linea Pelle Waist Belt, $185, available at LPCollection.
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Embellished Belt + Patterned Skirt—If your floaty skirt's got a busy pattern, accentuate the chaos with an embellished belt. Not only does it keep the skirt in place, but it also gets in on the print-on-print trend without overwhelming the body.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Free People; Zara Braided Belt, $29.90, available at select Zara stores; Topshop Black Studded Belt, $55, available at Topshop.
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Knotted, Skinny Belt + Trousers—To take the "Business Casual" out of structured trousers, we usually favor a long, skinny belt to notch and then loop around itself.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Zara; BP Skinny Woven Belt, $10, available at Nordstrom; J.Crew Notched Skinny Belt, $32.50, available at J.Crew.
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Double Wide Belt + Jacket—Making a jacket the centerpiece of your outfit only requires a heavy duty belt. These double-wide belts provide the structure to keep your jacket closed, and really flatters your figure.
Above, clockwise from left: Image via Burberry; F21 Double Buckle Belt, $6.80, available at Forever21; Dorothy Perkins Black Double Buckle Waist Belt, $19.57, available at Dorothy Perkins.