The Flattering Accessory Every Celeb Is Wearing

Sure, shoes and handbags are worthy of the attention they frequently receive, but this year, there is no ignoring the accessory that makes every outfit more flattering: belts. It girls like Gigi Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Blake Lively have been cinching them over dresses and coats, into the belt loops of their jeans, and over jumpsuits as of late, proving that it's a simple way to define your waist and add interest to your look. Belts have been and always will be a thing, but as you'll see from the celeb looks ahead, 2017 has undoubtedly been the year they've truly stood out as an It accessory.

Read on to see how celebrities are incorporating belts into their outfits.


Cinch a flowy maxi skirt.
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On Gigi Hadid: Monse for Fwrd Cotton Shirt ($990); Adam Selman skirt; Stuart Weitzman Eyelove Mules ($498)


Accent jeans and a cool top with a wide belt.
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On Kate Bosworth: Frame top, belt, and jeans; Roger Vivier Soft Embellished Flowers Clutch Bag ($1395) and Rose Strass Velvet Booties ($5100)


Pair black accessories with red.
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On Bella Hadid: Dior hat; Alexander Wang Washed Leather Fanny Pack ($550); Zara Belt With Square Buckle ($23)


Keep things simple with a denim jacket, tee, and jeans.
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On Chrissy Teigen: Denim x Alexander Wang Daze Denim Oversized Jacket ($450); One Teaspoon sweater; J Brand Maria High Waist Skinny Jeans ($198); Gucci Leather Belt With Double G Buckle ($450); Saint Laurent Niki Boots ($1195)


Use a belt to make an oversize coat more flattering.
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On Emily Ratajkowski: Yves Salomon jacket; Prada bag; Esquivel x Brock Collection boots


Break up a jumpsuit.
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On Blake Lively: Chanel jumpsuit, belt, and bag; Christian Louboutin shoes


Add polish to jeans and a blazer via a simple belt.
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On Kendall Jenner: R13 jeans; Balenciaga Classic City Bag ($2150) and boots


Wear a bright belt with an LBD.
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On Lily Aldridge: Carolina Herrera dress and belt; Hayward bag; Sanayi 313 Cascata Mules ($600)


Try matching a red belt to red shoes.
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On Alessandra Ambrosio: C.S. Simko belt; Louis Vuitton bag; Gianvito Rossi Nappa Leather Levy Ankle Boots ($1075)


Define your waist with a wide belt worn over a blazer.
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On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Gucci Embellished Leather Cap ($695); Isabel Marant Fania Cropped Wool-Blend Tweed Jacket ($920) and Tikky Metallic Textured-Leather Waist Belt ($395); Mother Cha Cha Fray Jeans ($228)


Add a fun pop of color.
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On Kate Hudson: Oscar de la Renta top and pants


Pair directional looks with a directional belt.
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On Olivia Culpo: Jean Atelier Rebel Jacket ($695); Y/Project for Fwrd Pants ($870); Saint Laurent College Bag ($2450) and boots


Want something different? Try a belt bag.
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On Kourtney Kardashian: Orseund Iris Night Out Top ($540); Moussy jeans; Chanel belt bag; Balenciaga boots


Add definition to an all-black look with a belt.
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WHO: Olivia Palermo


Obi belts are especially flattering.
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On Karlie Kloss: dress; Giuseppe Zanotti Felicity Glitter Boots ($697)


Stick with a black belt when wearing black leather pants.
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On Taylor Hill: Vans T-shirt; Gucci GG Marmont Matelassé Shoulder Bag ($2490) and Princetown Leather Slippers ($995)

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.