The Easiest Way To Upgrade Your Outfit On The Cheap

We'll be the first to admit we've got expensive taste. But that doesn't mean a good, cheap thrill (especially one that looks much pricier than it is) can't give us the same kind of warm fuzzies. So each week, we're spotlighting the "no-brainer" buys that fulfill these cravings. Keep an eye on this space for stylish picks someone on the R29 fashion team has recently added to their cart — because sharing is caring, after all.

Though belts are the unsung wardrobe lifesavers of people who can't ever seem to make it to the tailor, when it comes to being a must-have, must-see accessory, they just never hit the mark. Sure, they hold our pants up, but the trend in the the last few years has been for them to hide underneath oversized sweaters or tunics — not be the focal point of an outfit. But, ever since this particular one took over our Instagram feeds at the end of 2015, we've found ourselves looking at belts in a new light.
Now, it's all about making a statement — albeit a minimal one. And the good news is you don't have to spend a lot to keep up with this fashion-meets-function trend — plus, considering how versatile belts actually are (you can wear one over dresses, skirts, and of course with pants) you're sure to get your money's worth, and then some. Ahead, we've rounded up six outfit-finishers (each for less than $50) that will convert even the most anti-belters around.

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