If we tell you to belt up, we hope you’ll guess that we don’t mean any offence. It’s just that we think winter wardrobes are due for a bit of a makeover right now. Belts are an integral part of an outfit with the power to transform, and as they’re back in a big way, we suggest that you start with them.
Blend them with your clothes, or build your look around them. Break up an expanse of swirling print with a thin strip of faux-leather in nude or gilt, or pick out a colour from the pattern. Body-hug your furry vest by pulling plaited leather around it, in imitation of Gucci. Adorn a camel skirt or khaki pants with a brown or black belt, or bring elegance to the mix with a thin silver waist-clincher over cashmere.
Brighten a monochromatic dress with a red leather belt, or contrast it with clashing shades, as Louis Vuitton did. Saint Laurent and Chanel are championing metal embellishment and chains for your waist this season, natural partners for black. Accessorise with a monochrome scarf, faux-leather jacket and platforms. Go for serious artwork in the form of motifs, brass, beads, studs and crystals.
Hitch up jeans with a tan belt, or like Chloé, use it to go one further by separating an expanse of double-denim. Miu Miu’s multi-hued silk brocade offering is to die for, while Armani rocks with a blue and white leather jacket, blue embossed jeans and narrow belt, and Isabel Marant cinched a judo jacket with a mega-wide version.
Tame your oversized scarf by encircling it with a thin strip, matching bag, and black knee-high boots, or add to a long cardigan. Think wider to cinch wool coats or chunky knits. Team with military-style, or wrap around an Obi belt as seen at Alexander Wang and others.
As temperatures rise, take a thin belt or a humble length of string to balance the stripes of the shirt dresses that have been gliding down the runways, re-imagined with high slits. Altuzarra’s gingham with tiny red checks is clinched by a slip of ribbon, while Oscar de la Renta’s crop top and skirt, all black and white squares, shines courtesy of a black patent belt.
With a variety of thicknesses and colours, and endless permutations, you just can’t have too many belts. Embrace them as a simple way to ring the changes – or rather, let them embrace you.
The featured photo is of Julie Sarinana is wearing a grey slouchy cardigan from TopShop with a skinny belt
Belt Trend 2015: Evangelie Smyrniotaki is wearing a white lace dress and coat fro Valentino, and the belt is from Louis Vuitton
Beatrice Gutu is wearing a grey blazer from Mango with a belt
Annette Haga is wearing a multicoloured plaid oversized scarf from Holzweiler styled with a belt
Zina Charkoplia is wearing a grey cardigan from Minusey and the belt is from Zara
Coat With Belt Trend: Wendy Nguyen is wearing a beige cocoon coat from Armani Exchange and a belt