The One-Second Trick to Upgrading Your Favorite Dress

We often wax poetic about our love for dresses. From casual summer dresses to formal styles, this throw-on-and-go wardrobe staple makes getting dressed simple—they tend to require little to no styling. However, when you are in need of something extra, adding in a chic belt to your dress will give your look the update you’re looking for. Use it to create contrast or to balance out a more oversize design—either way, this waist-defining accessory will do just about everything. Style your dress with a neutral black or brown, or go for a something with a bit more contrast to add flair to your ensemble. If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve rounded up our favorite influencers who have mastered the look for summer. See how they’re doing it; then shop each outfit to make it your own.

Give your favorite little black dress extra visual interest with a classic black belt.

Everyone needs a classic LBD.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear this with everything you own.

Available in sizes S to L.

When you add a neutral brown suede belt, your off-the-shoulder summer dress will feel so different.

Fun and flirty for summer.

Available in sizes 12 to 28.

You can’t go wrong with classic suede.

Available in sizes S to L.

A black belt will go with any type of dress or color that you wear, like this bright green one.

Green such a great color for summer.

Available in sizes 4 to 24.

Jump on the cowboy trend.

Available in sizes 95 to 100.

Summer’s the perfect time to break out those floral maxi dresses. Wear yours with a classic black belt to give it a fresh twist.

The perfect dress for those summer weddings.

Available in sizes UK 6 to UK 12.

There’s a reason everyone loves this belt.

Available in sizes 80 to 100.

Add a dainty chain belt to an extra-romantic ruffled dress to add extra interest without taking away from the star of the show.

A wide white belt will be the perfect type of contrast to your summer dresses while also making a major statement.

Give a simple black dress an instant update with a cool chain belt with metal details. You can wear this look to any occasion.

So flattering.

Available in sizes 10 to 20.

Yes, you can wear your formal dresses with belts, too. Style them with simple belts to keep the look streamlined.

You’ll wear this dress for all your formal summer occasions.

Available in sizes S to L.

Such a classic piece.

Available in sizes S to XL.

A wide belt with a cute minidress = endless vintage vibes—so chic.

You can’t go wrong with a slip dress.

Available in sizes 12 to 28.

How cool is this belt?

Available in sizes XS to XL.

See? Styling a belt with a dress will instantly update your favorite dresses, and it only takes a minute.