The Cool Way to Wear a Belt This Year



If recent runway shows and street style looks are any indication, belts are going to be huge this fall. We’re predicting that they will be replacing the current corset trend and that in a few months, belts will be the go-to accessory among the fashion set, especially the wide belt styles that were on runways from Monse to Brock Collection to Isabel Marant. But you don’t need to wait until fall hits to try the trend—there are plenty of outfits you can start wearing now and there are plenty of interesting ideas for how to wear a belt.

To provide some inspiration, we looked to fashion girls to see how they’re styling their looks. Whether you layer a belt over a floral summer dress or throw one on over a long dress with ankle boots (for a transitional look), there are seven seriously cool outfits you’ll want to slip into right away. Want to see our favorite ways to wear belts right now?

Keep reading to see how fashion girls are styling belt with their outfits, then shop pieces inspired by their looks.

Over a Long Dress


Collage Vintage

For a look that can transition into fall, layer a wide belt over a long dress. Then add a pair of cool boots.

These flared sleeves are a flattering feature.

Available in sizes 6 to 16.

Wear this black leather belt over a dress or with denim and a white tee.

Available in sizes S to L.

These affordable booties will carry you into fall.




Wear a look with a nod to the bedroom by layering a wide belt over a flowy dress with lingerie peeking through.

Unbutton this dress to style the piece like a robe. 

Available in sizes S to XL.

A wide belt is a key styling tool to tailor a blousy top.

Wear a lacy bralette underneath a mesh or sheer top for a night out. 

Available in sizes 32A to 36DD.

Toughen Up Florals


Collage Vintage

Add a little street style edge to a floral dress by throwing a belt over your look.

Floral wrap dresses are making their comeback this summer. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

This vintage-inspired belt is a no-brainer accessory. 

Wear this white bag as a crossbody or carry it by the top handle. 

Break Up an All-White Outfit


Collage Vintage

Add a little color to a monochrome look with a bold belt. We love this belt/bag hybrid style.

A white tee is one of the most versatile pieces in our closets. 

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear these trousers with a white tee for a casual look or with a matching blazer for the office.

Available in sizes 4 to 6.

It girls like Kendall Jenner are wearing couture fanny packs this summer. 

With an Off-the-Shoulder Top



Instead of tucking in an off-the-shoulder top, add a belt at your natural waist.

Style this off-the-shoulder top with high-waisted denim. 

Available in sizes 6 to 20.

Hammered hardware detail on belts make for a timeless look. 

A straight-leg jean can be dressed up with a more tailored top.

Available in sizes 24 to 32.

Play With Proportions



Add shape to something baggy or oversize by adding a waist-defining belt.

Layer this dress over jeans for fall. 

Available in sizes S to M.

High-waisted, straight-leg denim is definitely having its moment this summer. 

Available in sizes 24 to 36.

This wide belt would look chic over a flowy white dress. 

Pair these shoes with a refined skirt for the office.

Over a Jumpsuit


Collage Vintage

A belt is an easy way to transform the look of a jumpsuit.

A jumpsuit is a comfortable option for travel.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

You can never go wrong with some classic white sneakers.

Next find out why this editor stopped paying more than $100 for jeans.

This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.