The Classic Designer Belt Fashion People Simply Won't Take Off

When the topic of designer accessories comes up, it's easy to immediately jump to the conclusion that handbags are on the agenda, but some accessories are just as much of a cult buy as their arm-candy counterparts. As my headline may have given away, the subject I'm focusing on today is designer belts.


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Lorna uses her Celine Triomphe belt to elevate her trouser-and-shirt outfit. 

Designer belts have always been prevalent. Though it might appear to be a recent phenomenon, you can actually trace Gucci's GG belt back as far as the early '70s. The beauty of such belts is that they're undeniably classic but still have a trend-led appeal to them. And while we could debate their actual affordability all day long, I think we can all agree that designer belts are more affordable than designer bags and shoes generally tend to be.


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Hannah wears her Celine Triomphe belt with a checked coat, jeans, loafers, and a simple tee. 

Although rooted in fashion history, I would argue that now, in 2024, the desire for owning a designer belt has reached a fever pitch. And I've noticed one style, in particular, seems to be growing increasingly popular in style circles. Almost out of nowhere, Celine's Triomphe belt has been catapulted into the sartorial spotlight and keeps following me around on social media—not that I mind one bit. It's certainly making my feed a chicer place.


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Prisca styles her Celine Triomphe belt with slouchy suiting. 

The belt was introduced following the reissue of Celine's Triomphe bag in 2019 along with the rest of Hedi Slimane's debut collection for the brand. As for the Triomphe's origin story? It's very charming. In 1972, the brand's founder Céline Vipiana's car broke down in Paris right in front of the Arc de Triomphe. While stranded, she became inspired by the iconic monument's ornate chain detailing—the outline of which makes up the central part of the Triomphe clasp. Flanked by two Cs, Celine's founder immediately adopted it as a house emblem.


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Lorna styles her Celine Triomphe belt with black trousers and a camel knit. 


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Prisca layers her Celine Triomphe belt over a black woollen coat. 

Subtle enough to be incredibly versatile but instantly recognisable due to its beautiful design, the Celine Triomphe belt presents a quiet but impactful way to bestow your look with designer credibility. As well as the dusting of styling inspiration I've included throughout this piece, I've done the hard work for you by rounding up the sleekest Celine Triomphe belts for you, all in one place. If you want to own a piece of fashion history to carry with you into the future, this just might be the thing—scroll on to see them. 


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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.