From Saint Laurent to Marant, it’s time to elevate your accessory closet with these 25 fashion-forward belts.
How do you keep your pants up? A belt. How do you cinch the waist of your dress? A belt. How do you add a little texture to any look? A belt. See where we’re going with this? Okay, we know that fastening a belt to your outfit is not the answer to every question…but it is for the fashion-related ones, at least.
The belt is an often easily overlooked accessory that has been shoved to the back of the closet for far too long. It’s time to bring the neglected fashion piece out of hibernation, and what better time to lead the charge than now? Everyone is swapping out mini skirts for trousers to stave off the cold and no one can be expected to weather rainy downpours without a trusty belt. Now is the time to invest in a reliable strip of leather, but there is more than a utilitarian purpose to re-opening your accessory collection. A good belt can add color, shape, texture, and movement to any look and act as the centerpiece for a night-out ensemble year-round.
So what are you waiting for? Kick off your waistband renaissance with these 25 stylish belt options that are on-trend and practical (well, mostly).
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25 Best Belts For Women
To kick off our belt assortment we present to you a wardrobe staple — a quality black leather belt. This one from J.Crew is slim and has perforations all around the band to offer a twist on the classic look. Not to mention it offers an extremely customizable waist fit. J.Crew Perforated Italian Leather Belt, $34.50 at J. Crew
More of a brown belt person? We were immediately drawn to this sleek leather option from Helsa that features a gold rectangular buckle that imitates the shape of the letter H. It is both chic and reliable! Helsa Nova Belt, $148 at Revolve
This corset-style belt is not intended for your everyday pair of jeans. The wide band is perfect for accentuating the waist and adding shape to a loose, baggy top or dress. It’s crafted from supple leather and features a small gold-tone buckle. RAINA Wide Corset Belt, $205 at Nordstrom
A touch of metallic never hurt anyone (or any outfit). This slim belt from Mango can be looped around twice to create a layering effect. It is slightly futuristic without being too over the top. Mango Slim Double-Loop Belt, $14.99 at Mango
All that glitters is not gold, it could even be silver! Add some glitz and glam to your look with this bejeweled belt faux sueded from end to end with silver-tone chainmail rhinestone embellishments. B-Low the Belt Elora Belt, $198 at Revolve
Cowgirl but make it fashionable. This belt from Petit Moments has a large, gold oval closure that gives a nod to the traditional Rodeo-style belt without taking things too far south. The shell-like detail modernizes the buckle and incorporates some shine into your overall look. Petit Moments Modern Rodeo Belt, $45 at Revolve
Looking to seriously splurge? This thin chain link belt from Bottega Veneta is abstract and unique without pushing the envelope too much. The chunky gold closure speaks for itself, while the green leather adds a splash of color you didn’t know you needed. Green is a neutral anyway, right? Bottega Veneta Chain Link Belt, $390 at FWRD
Being a square has never been so trendy...if you’re a belt, that is. This oversized square buckle belt has a vintage look to it and is a great way to incorporate dimension into a basic white-tee-and-jeans kind of look. It ties everything together without overpowering the ensemble. Free People Squared Up Leather Belt, $38 at Free People
This Andres Otalora cotton, navy-colored belt is the perfect transition piece for spring to summer. It is lined with leather but emulates a light-as-air woven look. Andres Otalora Exclusive Ibis Cotton Belt, $81 at Moda Operandi
The devil’s in the details with this embroidered belt from Isabel Marant, which is another splurge-worthy option. The rust-colored accessory, made in France, features a jacquard and cow leather band with brass-tone hardware. Isabel Marant Zaf Strap Leather Belt, $348 at FWRD
Madewell knows how to make quality pieces at affordable prices and this leather-covered belt is no exception. The chestnut brown belt provides a seamless look given that the buckle is coated in the same buttery leather as the waistband. Madewell Covered Buckle Leather Belt, $48 at Madewell
Another unique take on the classic black belt, this option from Ulla Johnson stands out with brass hinges to frame the front of the band. It is made of supple calf leather and lined with suede, so maybe wear this one when you’re taking a cab. Ulla Johnson Lillian Brass Hinge Buckle Belt, $150 at Bergdorf Goodman
The chain belt trend isn’t going anywhere, so if you haven’t bought into the look yet now’s your chance. This option from Lovestrength is simple and multi-functional. The gold-tone metal chain features a lobster clasp closure and two acrylic pearl pendants. It can be worn on the waist, wrist or neck...your imagination is encouraged. Lovestrength Everywhere Chain Belt, $70 at Revolve
This light brown suede belt from Rag & Bone is best for individuals who are obsessed with elevated basics and spend lots of time indoors. The sleek, industrial-style belt features an elongated, brushed buckle embossed with the logo letters and is lined with light leather. Rag & Bone Women's Rebound Suede Belt, $74 at Nordstrom
Once you go retro, you never go back. This groovy waist piece from Lizzie Fortunato contributes fun and flare to practically any look. The resin buckle takes a wavy, flower-like form atop a mustard leather band. Too groovy to pass up. Lizzie Fortunato Florence Belt in Amber, $165 at Revolve
It’s not turquoise, light blue, or cerulean...it’s a sea foam green croc-embossed leather belt from Petit Moments that truly deserves a spot in your wardrobe. Petit Moments Tulsa Belt, $45 at Revolve
This is not your boyfriend’s belt. This is a classic Rag & Bone cowhide leather belt with silver hardware. A perfect option for anyone who loves to mix belts or prefers a cooler metal accent than gold. Rag & Bone Boyfriend Belt, $87.50 at Shopbop
Whether you’re dreaming of warmer weather or actually heading to higher temperatures, this rattan-style leather belt is perfect for a beachside look. We can already see the white oversized button-down cinched at the waist with the large front buckle and bow silhouette. Johanna Ortiz Libre Comme L'Air Fiber Leather Belt, $198 at Moda Operandi
Croc-embossed leather screams “boardroom meeting,” but this mock-croc belt is anything but business casual and boring. The deep forest green color and irregularly shaped gold buckle elevate the band and incorporate a bit of flare while still keeping things professional. & Other Stories Mid-Waist Belt In Green Croc, $51 at ASOS
Navy-like midnight skies, this calf hair belt from Streets Ahead screams luxury without a crazy price tag. It is crafted with natural and dyed hair from Italy, zinc buckle hardware, and calf leather lining. It can be easily dressed up or down and toes the very thin, neutral line between navy and black. Streets Ahead Antique Calf Hair Skinny Belt, $178 at Bergdorf Goodman
This unique styled belt is fastened in the back with a hook so that the bell-shaped, gold front buckle can hold attention and you can avoid the tedious task of re-wrapping the leather straps. This stretch belt from Anthropologie has a fresh, chic take on the traditional black belt. Anthropologie Stretch Belt, $90 at Anthropologie
This belt option from Mango takes the latest sash-belt trend head-on. The boho-style accessory is made from suede and designed to wrap around in a crossover style. Mango Interwoven Sash Belt, $29.99 at Mango
There’s nothing like a classic woven belt to withstand the test of time. This option from Anthropologie kicks things up a notch with the oversized, crescent-shaped gold buckle fastener. Anthropologie Woven Waist Belt, $100 at Anthropologie
Add another southern-inspired belt to your collection with this option from Kate Cate. The classic tanned leather band is made in Italy, crafted from calfskin, and secured with a silver-tone etched buckle. Kate Cate Hippie Belt, $68 at Revolve
Who needs a traditional buckle-in-hole belt anyway? Quickly slip on this chocolate brown, cowhide leather wrap belt from B-Low The Belt and instantly take your look to a whole new level. B-Low The Belt Trisha Wrap Belt, $165 at Revolve