Belts this season

Belts are a fantastic way to jazz up any outfit. Gone are the days of functionality, these puppies are purely for looking fab.

I don’t know about you, but I love my waist. Accentuating with a belt is a way of making your body look more hourglass, either with high-waisted trousers or a midi skirt, or on top of a dress (either baggy or already cinched in at the waist).

Below are my top picks of the season as well as some essential belts that can be worn with hundreds of outfit combinations!

£14, Topshop

This is a classic belt of the season. Leopard print is everywhere and it’s the perfect way to add some pattern and life to a planer outfit; be it a classic white shirt and jeans or a little black dress. The price is also a mighty deal.

£12, Asos

I am in love with anything to do with the moon and constellations, so this slinky gold number is the perfect addition to my wardrobe. Wear a lot of black and are unsure of what to team it with? Because it’s metallic and not a block colour, this won’t clash with anything you’re wearing and can be worn with pretty much every colour and style.

£13, Mango @ Asos

Chain belts are pretty much everywhere and although they serve no function, they sure are pretty. One of these babies around your waist is the way to go if you want to add some bold glamour to an outfit.

£65, Hobbs @ John Lewis

Remember the days where big chunky buckle belts were in, say around 2007? Well, styled correctly, they can be just as fashionable today. They used to make me cringe, but this bold red crocodile style would look perfect with a chunky knit in this weather. It’s certainly a statement piece, but if you have enough monochrome or grey in your wardrobe it’ll be very versatile. Also, because it’s Hobbs, it’s designed to suit tailoring and very smart outfits.

£13.50-£22.50, Boden

I love this. It’s so girly and cute, definitely more of a feminine style. Because it’s shimmery it could go with any party outfit, but especially your little black dress.

£40, Boden

The classic belt by Boden is an essential in any women’s wardrobe. It comes in many different colours and styles (honourable mention: snakeskin) but the one I’ve chosen is a beautiful sunshine yellow colour. Guaranteed to cheer you up on the rainiest of days!

£18, Asos

Another staple, the classic western belt. Asos are big on their western designs and this belt would look perfect with any midi skirt these days (I team mine with a leopard print midi). It also works well with high waisted jeans, but best with a pair of cowboy boots (see what I did there?).

£65.25, Gerard Darel @ John Lewis

The first of two jewelled belts, I’ve chosen two because they really are the gift that keeps on giving. Big jewels are fashionable and luxurious without being too over the top.

£20, And Other Stories

I love this one because of the bright colours of the jewels. It would work really well with a floral dress or skirt if you’re feeling feminine, or a black turtleneck and paper-bag trousers if not. The jewels are enough colour to make an all-black outfit pop without being too much.

£10, Asos

Lastly, this super cute Valentines appropriate red belt. A red belt is a staple because the colour works so well on all skin tones and the heart is a cute touch which doesn’t make it too bold. I would wear it with a blazer to soften a tailored look.

Go forth, fellow readers, and accentuate that waist!

C x

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