As you already know, belts slim your silhouette, but when paired with your favorite jacket, they also increase that je ne sais quoi cool that comes only with the most skillfully styled outfits. Click through for 10 chic ways to do this, and in case you’re in need of a new jacket or belt, we’ve curated a selection for you to shop!
What better way to update your menswear-inspired blazer than with a looped belt? If your jacket is a little oversized, follow Repossi’s lead and loop a thin belt in a similar color around your waist.
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Pulling off a monochrome ensemble is no easy feat, which is why we suggest you take inspiration from this F/W 13 look. The cinched waist breaks up the Leather Jacket ($5993, 212.753.7300), Silk Pleated Knee Length Skirt ($4613, 212.753.7300), and Patent Leather Boots ($1650, 305.674.6899) to create an entirely dynamic look. Beauty tip: try a fuchsia lip to add a pop of contrasting color!
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Get the most out of your newfound styling trick and pack a punch! Mix prints and layer on jewelry like this street styler did. The secret to not looking like a hoarder: a defined silhouette, courtesy of your belted jacket!
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Looking to Vogue Paris’ editor-in-chief for style inspiration is always a guaranteed success. We spotted Alt on the streets of Paris back in September in a quilted leather jacket and black belt accentuated with gold hardware. She maintained her signature minimalism and kept the rest of the look stylishly simple with black jeans.
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If you gravitate toward romantic iterations of trends, then we propose taking note of this runway look, courtesy of Nina Ricci. The Tweed Peplum Jacket ($2025) and Pull-On Pencil Skirt ($561) are elevated with a buckle belt around the waist and a black, ribbed headband.
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Break the rules, and wear your white denim after Labor Day. Balance the summery staple with a sophisticated, pinstripe blazer and black belt. Also, accessorizing in the same color family will make the look feel cohesive.
The style maven arrived at the Céline runway show in Paris donning a Vionnet Belt ($675) around a bold-colored Acne leather jacket. Duma didn’t stop there; her Céline leather pleated skirt and Valentino Matte And Patent-Leather Ankle Boots ($975) finished off the fashion-forward look.
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Break out your old skirt suit (or pant suit) and give it a modern twist with a python-print belt. Finish off the look with Closed Toe Heels ($405) and drop earrings — it’ll be the perfect mix of business and pleasure you’ve been looking for.
We spy our next party outfit! The Palo Alto director attended an Isabel Marant barbeque in Los Angeles in a blousy denim jacket styled with a navy blue sash. She also accessorized with Isabel Marant Python Heels ($790), a Proenza Schouler PS11 Wristlet Clutch Bag ($1225), and a simple black watch.
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The model muse attended a Style.com party in a Lanvin tartan top and skirt accompanied by a thin, brown belt and black Christian Louboutin Daf Booties ($1395). With scrunched-up sleeves and slightly undone hair, Hemingway proved an all-plaid ensemble is entirely doable.
Helmut Lang Ruched-Sleeve Slub-Woven Blazer ($460)
J.Crew Snakeskin Belt ($45) in Black