If you think belts only serve to hold up slouchy boyfriend jeans, you are sorely mistaken. While admiring the sartorially savvy at New York Fashion Week we picked up a few game-changing styling tricks centered around the classic accessory. Runways and sidewalks saw flocks of people adding interest to their ensembles with fabric karate belts, while rope ties (once relegated only to toga parties) made countless appearances, including at our very own Rachel Zoe presentation. Here are four of the stylish and easy-to-adopt belt trends we suggest trying now.
Photo: Adam Katz Sinding
Cinch a sweater or slouchy top with a fabric obi belt in the same shade—or try a contrasting color for an unexpected pop.
3.1 Phillip Lim
Add subtle interest to a minimalistic outfit by tying a rope belt around your waist.
We're super into the nautical glamour of this look.
The side tie on this piece defines the waist without disrupting the lines of the vest.
Rag and Bone
Leave it to Rag & Bone to effortlessly combine sportswear and good tailoring. We love the casual polish of this belted look.
One of the most showstopping looks on the Nonoo runway was this stark white jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and thick sash.
This gown's thick sash belt reins in the abundance of fabric but doesn't distract from the beautiful design.