All Cinched Up

Today, we’re talking belts.

For me, belts have only RECENTLY become a beloved accessory in my wardrobe. For the longest time, I just didn’t like them. I kept telling myself, “if I need something to hold my pants up, they clearly don’t fit properly.” I was happy to have my pants and skirts hold their own without being cinched with a belt.

But oh my: the belts that are in stores nowadays! From bright colors to patterns to embellishments, belts can pretty much be a statement piece on your outfit all on their own. Yes, there is still the basic black or brown belt you can wear, but why not go bold? I am seriously loving some of the gorgeous waist cinchers for sale lately. I think I need a spotted belt in my collection very soon…they’re calling my name!

solid and patterned belts

Metallic lizard skinny belt: Ann Taylor // Yellow skinny elastic belt: Old Navy // Neon pink belt: GAP // Black and white spotted calf hair belt: GAP // Faux pony hair studded leopard belt: Topshop // Black and silver exotic leather skinny belt: Ann Taylor // Skinny belt in blue snake print: ASOS


And they’re not just for pants with belt loops. A belt placed around the smallest spot in your waist can really help to define it and create an hourglass shape. All of these pretty belts below would jazz up a simple dress. Personally…I’m loving the peplum – how fun would that be cinched around the waist of a little black dress?

belts with bows bugs and peplum

Another Line skinny bow belt: Nordstrom // Tarnish ‘Skinny Sparkle’ bow belt: Nordstrom // Peplum plate waist belt: ASOS // Gem bug buckle belt: ASOS // Can’t Leaf it Be belt (more colors available!): ModCloth // 7 Hills tortoise buckle belt: Piperlime


Do you regularly wear belts with your outfits? Do you prefer a classic black/brown, or do you enjoy pops of color or pattern?



  1. says

    I feel the same way when it comes to pants but with dresses, skirts, and tunics I love a good belt! Also an FYI for any readers needing a bit bigger of a belt Forever 21 has some cute ones in their plus size section!

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