Outfit inspo for days.
Baggy jeans and crop tops, puddle pants and sweater vests—many of your go-to looks could likely be taken up a notch with one of the best belts. You probably forgot all about this sensible accent piece during quarantine, and we can't blame you: The amount of fussing required to style a belt makes it easy to discard the accessory in lieu of other sartorial eye candy. (Tiny shearling bag, we see you.)
But belts are coming into their own this season, and you can thank brands like Bottega Veneta and Loewe for bringing the humble accessory back into the style zeitgeist—and mass retailers including Mango and Zara for helping it go mainstream as a must-have piece.
Influencers and A-listers are also wearing belts in ways that make even the most basic outfit feel on trend—and aren't at all intimidating to copy if you want to get out of an existing style rut. Take, for instance, the mini logo belt, which looks on point with straight-leg denim or a long winter dress. A thicker silhouette, on the other hand, instantly adds structure to an oversized blazer or voluminous winter coat, allowing you to get more mileage out of your fall and winter essentials.
From thin leather designs to colorful woven options, belts are seemingly cooler and more versatile than ever—and there's no denying the power they have to tie a look together (or simply solve a tricky outfit dilemma). To help you streamline your getting-dressed process, we pulled together seven no-fuss outfit formulas for styling the best belts this fall, along with our top picks to shop now.
Leather Belt + Straight-Leg Jeans
To start out on a familiar note, let's begin with belts and jeans. This classic outfit pairing is a no-brainer to elevate one of the most hardworking pieces in your wardrobe. Opt for a semithick leather belt with hardware to keep things visually interesting. (ICYMI, the western trend is still going strong.) But there's practicality involved here too: A belt is a solid alternative for wearing an otherwise too-loose vintage pair without requiring a trip to the tailor.
B-Low the Belt Bri Bri Waist Belt$143Revolve
Madewell Backcountry Belt$52Madewell
Madewell Vintage Straight Jeans$135Madewell
Levi's Wedgie Icon Fit Jeans$90Amazon
Skinny Belt + Oversize Blazer
A blazer is more versatile than we give it credit for, and all it takes to bring out its full potential is a belt. Tie a thin one higher up on the rib cage if you want to wear it as a minidress, or cinch it just above the waist to give an oversize silhouette some structure.
& Other Stories Thin Leather Belt$29& Other Stories
By Far Vic Embossed Leather Belt$156Saks Fifth Avenue
Topshop Oversize Blazer$130Nordstrom
Mango Wool Coat
Logo Belt + Flowy Trousers
The puddle-pants look has been dominating our feeds since last spring, thanks to celebs like Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner sporting floor-kissing trousers with enviable swagger. Lean into the trend with similar confidence by adding a thin designer belt, perfect for breaking up a monochromatic ensemble with shiny logo bait—and yes, holding those loosely tailored bottoms in place.
Bottega Veneta Leather Waist Belt$350Net-A-Porter
Reiss Mini Leather Belt$85Reiss
Zara Flare Print Pants$46Zara
Babaton Pleated Pants$148Aritzia
Statement Belt + Maxidress
Dresses, especially colorful or heavily printed ones, can easily lose their charm if you wear them on repeat. Adding a belt, however, can make your look feel entirely new—and we love a metallic or rope version paired with a knit long-sleeve dress for cooler fall temps. (Psst: It’s also a fashion hack for turning a maxi into a midi if you’re on the petite side.)
Zara Stretch Belt$26Zara
Free People Harper Rope Belt$48Free People
Staud Sweaterdress$165Moda Operandi
Baum Und Pferdgarten Ahadi Dress$249Amazon
Chain Belt + Cropped Jeans
Chain belts may seem challenging to style, but they’re actually pretty versatile once you ID the items in your closet you want to wear them with. An approachable way into the early-aughts trend? Dress up a simple outfit combo, like a white button-down and cropped kick-flare jeans, for date night. If you’ve already warmed up to the look, use it to add polish to a matching set à la Olivia Rodrigo.
Lele Sadoughi Pearl Chain Belt$145Lele Sadoughi
Ettika Chain Belt$65Revolve
Paige Crop Flare Jeans$219Shopbop
Frame Le Crop Mini Boot Jeans$228Nordstrom
Webbed Belt + Vest
If you thought you figured out all the ways you could style a vest this fall, think again. A belt (especially a webbed one like Ganni's) plus a vest looks right on trend for now, whether worn with a grandpa knit or a sleeveless puffer jacket.
Ganni Webbing Belt$65The Yes
Off-White New Industrial Belt$260Revolve
Boden Sweater Vest$140Boden
H&M Puffer Vest
Belt + Coat
There's a reason editors and celeb stylists like Maeve Reilly—the sartorial mastermind behind many of Hailey Bieber's iconic street-style looks—love outerwear: It’s a winter-ready staple that usually does the work for you. Meaning, you don’t need to add a belt to your coat or jacket to make a statement. But if you want to give form to a cocoon style (or a coat that doesn't already come with some kind of waist tie), a belt is a great way to create shape and switch up your look.
Cuyana Leather Tie Belt$141Cuyana
Isabel Marant Lecce Leather Belt$135Net-a-Porter
COS Organic Oversized Cotton Trench Coat$250Cos
Mango Double-Breasted Wool Coat
This story originally appeared on: Glamour - Author:Condé Nast