Fashion
Gone are the days when belts simply served as a means to tighten your pants and skirts. Now they’re so stylish and hip that they have the power to completely bring an outfit together. Tie a leather skinny belt in a knot for a simple outfit upgrade, or make major noise with a wide cinch belt in a bright color. Not sure how? Here are some specifics.

Spruce up a plain LBD with a cherry red Judith Leiber belt--the sheer color alone will be a hit--or completely turn up the heat by wearing a knockout Moschino logo belt. Neither of these styles require belt loops. Just cinch and go.

Want something a little more subtle for the rest of your wardrobe? Give the knotted belt trend a whirl. Pick up a thin leather or braided belt from brands like MANGO and BCBG, and wear it over a casual dress or even with jeans. Once you have the belt you like, fasten it like you normally would, but then loop the end of the belt across the belt buckle as if you were making a knot. Finish by tucking the loose end behind the belt. Voilà! You’ve just mastered the knotted belt trend.
  • Lanvin Flower-embellished grosgrain belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Lanvin Flower-embellished grosgrain belt
    Lanvin's black grosgrain belt encapsulates the romanticism of Lanvin's Resort '15 collection. It's crafted in France and embellished with a plissé- satin corsage. Style yours with high-waisted pants.
  • Miu Miu Skinny leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Miu Miu Skinny leather belt
    The soft blush hue of Miu Miu's belt works with every outfit. This piece has been made in Italy from leather and is accented with a polished gold buckle. It's finished with a delicate designer-stamped charm.
  • Isabel Marant Kirt leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Isabel Marant Kirt leather belt
    Isabel Marant's tan leather 'Kirt' belt is designed to look effortless. Wear it to cinch the waist of loose-fitting dresses, or thread it through the loops of shorts.
  • Saint Laurent Leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Saint Laurent Leather belt
    Saint Laurent's embossed black leather belt is a cool and subtle way to nod to this season's Western-inspired trend. Loop it through skinny jeans or pants.
  • Étoile Isabel Marant Uma embroidered leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Étoile Isabel Marant Uma embroidered leather belt
    Étoile Isabel Marant's embroidered leather belt is the easiest way to work the designer's bohemian aesthetic into your look. The zigzag design is stitched in a bright but versatile combination black, red and cream .
  • Maison Martin Margiela Leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Maison Martin Margiela Leather belt
    Maison Martin Margiela's wide leather belt creates the illusion of a narrow, streamlined waist. This lightly structured piece zips on easily and works equally well with evening and weekend looks.
  • Étoile Isabel Marant Upper woven belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Étoile Isabel Marant Upper woven belt
    Étoile Isabel Marant's belt is woven with touches of cotton and linen. This patterned piece is finished with cool fringed edges and has an adjustable tie fastening - making it perfect for looping through your favorite jeans or cinching a summer dress.
  • Miu Miu Studded leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Miu Miu Studded leather belt
    Crafted in Italy from smooth black leather, Miu Miu's skinny belt is embellished with gold studs. Wear yours with pants.
  • Toga Chain-embellished leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Toga Chain-embellished leather belt
    Toga's belt is crafted from azure leather and embellished with chains and textured- silver buckles. Use it to cinch your waist and add a pop of color.
  • Marni Stretch-twill waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Marni Stretch-twill waist belt
    Marni's black stretch-twill belt was part of the Fall '14 runway show - it was worn to temper voluminous coats and jackets. Designed with a sleek gold fastening, we'll be styling this wide, waist-cinching piece with ladylike separates.
  • Lanvin Skinny gold-tone and leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Lanvin Skinny gold-tone and leather belt
    Draw attention to your waist with Lanvin's skinny belt, crafted in gold-tone brass with a brown leather tie fastening. Echo the brand's Resort '15 presentation styling and wear it over a gown, or try it as a sleek necklace.
  • Miu Miu Quilted leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Miu Miu Quilted leather belt
    Miu Miu's luxe quilted leather belt can be worn at the waist or hips. Crafted in Italy with an adjustable gold buckle fastening, it will give any outfit a sartorial lift. Wear it with a richly hued jumpsuit.
  • McQ Alexander McQueen Floral-print patent-leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    McQ Alexander McQueen Floral-print patent-leather belt
    McQ Alexander McQueen's wide belt is decorated with a vibrant "festival floral" print. This piece has been made in Italy from glossy patent-leather and finished with a smooth black leather reverse. Cinch in your waist using the dual buckles at the front.
  • Marni Mesh and tech-jersey waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Marni Mesh and tech-jersey waist belt
    We love the sporty look of Marni's navy belt. It's paneled with white mesh and trimmed in black grosgrain for tactile appeal. Wear this color-block design to put a cool twist on everyday outfits.
  • Tomas Maier Arrow leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Tomas Maier Arrow leather waist belt
    Tomas Maier is known for meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail - this dark-tan leather belt will remain a wardrobe favorite for seasons to come. The wide silhouette slims your waist, and the sturdy buckle fastening keeps it in place. Wear it over neutral-hued shirting to work the season's utility mood.
  • Alaïa Studded suede waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Studded suede waist belt
    Made in Italy from soft black suede, Alaïa's waist belt is an elegant way to cinch your silhouette. The front panel is studded with the label's signature arabesque pattern - it cleverly conceals the fastening. Presented in a designer-stamped box, it makes a stylish gift for lovers of the label.
  • Marni Crystal-embellished leather and elastic waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Marni Crystal-embellished leather and elastic waist belt
    Marni's elastic belt is a glamorous way to define your waist. The leather front panel sparkles with black crystals and a sleek gold clasp. Wear it over a dress or a high-rise skirt.
  • Alaïa Bow-embellished leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Bow-embellished leather waist belt
    Alaïa's slim black belt will give any look polish. It's been expertly crafted in Italy from smooth leather and decorated with a structured bow. Wear it over your favorite LBD.
  • Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Bottega Veneta Intrecciato leather belt
    Hand-woven in Bottega Veneta's signature intrecciato technique, this black leather belt is a luxurious way to shape your silhouette. Accented with with matte gunmetal-tone hardware, it's sleek and not the least bit distracting.
  • Miu Miu Bow-embellished patent-leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Miu Miu Bow-embellished patent-leather waist belt
    Define your waist with Miu Miu's skinny pastel-pink bow belt. This accessory has been crafted in Italy from glossy patent-leather .
  • Moschino Olivia textured-leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Moschino Olivia textured-leather belt
    Make a statement with Moschino's 'Olivia' belt. We love how the gleaming gold logo stands out against the black textured- leather .
  • Gucci Leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Gucci Leather belt
    Gucci's smart black belt has been made in Italy and nods to the label's equestrian heritage with a silver horsebit-inspired buckle. It's designed to be worn on the hips - ideal for teaming with your favorite jeans.
  • Maison Martin Margiela Layered leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Maison Martin Margiela Layered leather waist belt
    Maison Martin Margiela's sizable leather waist belt is designed with the label's signature subversive edge. Crafted in Italy, it has a mix of navy, pewter and black layers with sleek gunmetal buckles. Team yours with a simple jumpsuit.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Leather, brass and Swarovski crystal belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Dolce & Gabbana Leather, brass and Swarovski crystal belt
    Dolce & Gabbana's leather -braided gold-tone brass chain belt is finished with a single Swarovski crystal. This style is adjustable - you can wear it to cinch in your waist or low on the hip.
  • Balmain Quilted leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Balmain Quilted leather belt
    Balmain's belt is crafted in France from quilted black and white leather. The embossed gold snap fastenings at the back allow for the perfect fit. Style yours with high-rise pants or a dress.
  • Alaïa Studded leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Studded leather waist belt
    Azzedine Alaïa's wide leather belt creates the illusion of an hourglass silhouette. The edgy silver studs are contrasted by the feminine scalloped edges, making this a super versatile piece. Cinch yours over a simple black dress for night plans.
  • Givenchy Belt in black leather and gold-tone brass
    net-a-porter.com
    Givenchy Belt in black leather and gold-tone brass
    Belt in black leather and gold-tone brass by Givenchy.
  • Valentino Etno embellished textured-leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Valentino Etno embellished textured-leather belt
    Valentino's skinny black belt is embellished with gold studs. This textured- leather style works perfectly with jeans.
  • Chloé Chain belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Chloé Chain belt
    Chloé's chain belt has been crafted in Italy from gold-tone brass. Split into two strands, this chunky accessory is adorned with oversized rings and has a hanging bar at the back. We think it works best styled on your waist.
  • Givenchy Waist belt in gold-tone brass
    net-a-porter.com
    Givenchy Waist belt in gold-tone brass
    Waist belt in gold-tone brass by Givenchy.
  • Sophia Kokosalaki Swarovski pearl-embellished silk and tulle belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Sophia Kokosalaki Swarovski pearl-embellished silk and tulle belt
    Achieve a flawless silhouette on your special day with Sophia Kokosalaki's silk and tulle belt. Trimmed with three rows of Swarovski pearls, it's designed to sit on your waist - perfect for teaming with Grecian-inspired designs.
  • Alaïa Laser-cut glossed-leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Laser-cut glossed-leather waist belt
    Highlight and define your waist with Alaïa's laser-cut glossed- leather belt. This sculpting piece has three buckle fastenings that can be adjusted depending on your outfit. Style it with a flared dress or an oversized shirt.
  • Alaïa Studded leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Studded leather waist belt
    Azzedine Alaïa is celebrated for his silhouette-enhancing designs. Use this wide leather belt to highlight your waist - we love the contrast between the pretty scalloped edges and the gunmetal studs .
  • Givenchy Shark Lock leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Givenchy Shark Lock leather belt
    Givenchy black leather twist-lock waist belt.
  • Alaïa Eyelet-detailed leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Eyelet-detailed leather belt
    Temper billowy silhouettes with Alaïa's wide black leather waist belt. Decorated with silver eyelets, this style fastens with a sleek buckle.
  • Alaïa Textured-leather waist belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Alaïa Textured-leather waist belt
    Alaïa's silhouette-cinching belts are a timeless investment. Wear this black buckled style with bright dresses to highlight the textured finish.
  • Saint Laurent Studded leather belt
    net-a-porter.com
    Saint Laurent Studded leather belt
    Add signature edge to your look with Saint Laurent's black leather belt. The shiny silver-tone studs nod to the label's inimitable rock-chic aesthetic.
The End