The One-Second Trick to Upgrading Your Favorite Dress


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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.


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


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


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


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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.


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


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


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


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


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

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

Dale Arden Chong