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It seems like a simple solution, an old trick that's basically foolproof: Tie a belt around the waist of your dress, et voila!, an instantly body-flattering look that wraps around your natural waist and creates the illusion of an hourglass shape. But, since even the most efficient of style tricks can start to feel a little snoozy, these latest examples help us remember that a belt is not only a smart, style tip, but also an integral part of your ensemble.
Small, understated, and half-way tucked or wide, powerful, and clasped, these 12 belts make all the difference in fit and personal-style flavor. Jump ahead to see what your next look could be missing.
Photographed by Mark Iantosca.