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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.
  • By Malene Birger Sunda fringed leather belt
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    By Malene Birger Sunda fringed leather belt
    By Malene Birger's boho-inspired fringed belt is crafted from black leather. Finished with a silver buckle, this dramatic design can be worn facing the front or back for different looks. Accessorize yours over solid styles for added interest.
  • Lanvin Flower-embellished grosgrain belt
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    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
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    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.
  • Acne Studios Serva textured-leather belt
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    Acne Studios Serva textured-leather belt
    Acne Studios' 'Serva' belt has been crafted in Italy from textured- leather with a subtle glossed finish. This hand-stitched piece is designed with a silver D-ring so you can create a knotted effect.
  • Balmain Patent-leather belt
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    Balmain Patent-leather belt
    Define and accentuate your waist with Balmain's timeless black patent-leather belt - the adjustable snap fastenings allow you to create a personalized fit. Wear this French-made accessory with everything from tailored dresses to jumpsuits.
  • Isabel Marant Stef leather and suede belt
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    Isabel Marant Stef leather and suede belt
    Belts are the season's must-have accessory. Isabel Marant's skinny black leather style has been crafted in Italy and woven with tonal suede. Wear yours off-duty with denim shorts or use it to cinch billowy dresses.
  • Saint Laurent Suede waist belt
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    Saint Laurent Suede waist belt
    Supple waist belts cinched the '70s-inspired looks on Saint Laurent's Spring '15 runway. This tan version is crafted from soft suede and punctuated with an oversized ring buckle. Team yours with a high-rise midi skirt.
  • Balmain Ribbed leather belt
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    Balmain Ribbed leather belt
    Temper voluminous silhouettes with Balmain's sleek leather belt. The wide shape slims your waist, while the tie fastening ensures a perfect fit. Knot this ribbed black style over anything from long coats to mini dresses.
  • Miu Miu Jacquard waist belt
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    Miu Miu Jacquard waist belt
    Miu Miu's buckled belt has been crafted in Italy from azure, black and midnight-blue floral- jacquard and is detailed with silver hardware. Use this style to cinch in the waist of your favorite outfits.
  • Étoile Isabel Marant Uma embroidered leather belt
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    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 Margiela Leather belt
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    Maison Margiela Leather belt
    Maison 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.
  • Valentino Textured-leather skinny belt
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    Valentino Textured-leather skinny belt
    Valentino's skinny belt is crafted in Italy from tan textured- leather. It'll make a versatile addition to your collection – simply loop one end through the matte gold eyelet and fasten in a knot over your favorite skirt or pants.
  • Étoile Isabel Marant Upper woven belt
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    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.
  • Balmain Leather belt
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    Balmain Leather belt
    Balmain's belt is crafted in France from red leather - perfect for accentuating your waist and adding a pop of color to your look. Wear this style with everything from skirts and dresses to blazers and coats.
  • Valentino Textured-leather belt
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    Valentino Textured-leather belt
    Valentino's skinny belt is crafted from black textured- leather. Finished with a gleaming gold eyelet to fasten, this knotted style accentuates and lengthens your frame. Wear it with high-rise pants and skirts.
  • Isabel Marant Lex eyelet-embellished textured-leather belt
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    Isabel Marant Lex eyelet-embellished textured-leather belt
    Crafted in France, Isabel Marant's textured- leather belt is punctuated with burnished- gold eyelets. The slim shape works equally well with jeans or dresses.
  • Miu Miu Studded leather belt
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    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
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    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.
  • Gucci Braided leather belt
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    Gucci Braided leather belt
    Add a touch of on-trend '70s flare to your wardrobe with Gucci's brown leather belt. This mid-width design is braided and finished with a burnished square buckle. Wear it with denim styles, as seen on the runway.
  • Givenchy Leather belt
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    Givenchy Leather belt
    Crafted in Italy from smooth black leather, Givenchy's wide belt is designed to cinch in your waist. It's finished with a polished gold buckle and the house's signature red band detailing. Keep it in focus with a tailored pencil skirt and blouse.
  • Tomas Maier Leather belt
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    Tomas Maier Leather belt
    Define your waist with Tomas Maier's wide leather belt. This versatile black piece is given a fresh, modern feel with arrow-shaped panels at the front. Use it to cinch in a billowing maxi dress.
  • Balmain Ribbed leather belt
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    Balmain Ribbed leather belt
    Use Balmain's wide leather belt to streamline this season's billowing silhouettes. Modeled after the traditional Japanese obi belt, this ribbed style looks best knotted over the thinnest part of your waist.
  • Givenchy Wraparound belt in black leather
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    Givenchy Wraparound belt in black leather
    Seen on the runway, Givenchy's wraparound belt has been crafted in Italy from black leather and finished with white edges for a chic color clash. Wear it to cinch a fluid coat or dress.
  • Marni Stretch-twill waist belt
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    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 Braided gold-tone rope belt
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    Lanvin Braided gold-tone rope belt
    This gold-tone brass belt made its debut on the Spring '15 runway. It's crafted from fine chain links designed to look like braided rope. Not too weighty, the adjustable toggle fastening is finished with a logo-embossed coin.
  • Dion Lee Leather biker waist belt
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    Dion Lee Leather biker waist belt
    Dion Lee's black leather belt is designed to look like a biker jacket wrapped around the waist. Alternatively, unfold it and wear yours as vest.
  • Saint Laurent Leather belt
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    Saint Laurent Leather belt
    Saint Laurent's belt is crafted from supple black leather with a round adjustable gunmetal buckle fastening. Wear this style with everything from tailored pants - as styled on the runway - to jeans and dresses.
  • Marni Woven cotton obi belt
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    Marni Woven cotton obi belt
    Geisha-inspired obi belts were a key accessory on Marni's Spring '15 runway. Made in Italy from stiff woven cotton with a wide and extra-long shape, this statement piece is perfect for cinching loose coats and dresses.
  • Lanvin Skinny gold-tone and leather belt
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    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.
  • Marni Crystal-embellished leather and elastic waist belt
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    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.
  • McQ Alexander McQueen Floral-print patent-leather belt
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    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
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    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
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    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.
  • Givenchy Python belt
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    Givenchy Python belt
    Givenchy's belt has been made in Italy from luxe python. Designed to sit at the narrowest part of your waist, it's ideal for cinching in loose dresses and shirts. We think it looks chic worn over a neutral blouse and culottes.
  • Alaïa Studded suede waist belt
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    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.
  • Miu Miu Bow-embellished patent-leather waist belt
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    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 .
  • Isabel Marant Jeanne plissé-leather waist belt
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    Isabel Marant Jeanne plissé-leather waist belt
    Fan-pleated silhouettes were a key theme on Isabel Marant's Spring '15 runway. This waist-defining 'Jeanne' belt is crafted from soft plissé- leather and backed in stretch-cotton. Wear it to cinch a fluid shirt dress.
  • Saint Laurent Paneled leather waist belt
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    Saint Laurent Paneled leather waist belt
    This striking waist belt embodies Saint Laurent's glam punk-rock aesthetic. Seen on the house's Spring '15 runway, it's crafted from paneled leather stitched together by metal rings. The tie fastening promises a secure yet flexible fit.
  • Alaïa Bow-embellished leather waist belt
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    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
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    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.
  • Etro Embellished leather belt
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    Etro Embellished leather belt
    Tap into the season's retro '70s mood with Etro's cream leather belt. Backed with tactile suede, this runway design is embellished with a bohemian-inspired mosaic of colorful beads and trimmed with swaying fringe. Adjust the fit with the concealed snap fastenings, layering yours over breezy skirts and dresses.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Leather, brass and Swarovski crystal belt
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    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 Patent-leather and PVC waist belt
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    Balmain Patent-leather and PVC waist belt
    Define your waist with Balmain's wide belt. Made in France, this patent-leather piece is spliced with transparent PVC panels and finished with an oversized gold buckle. Use the snap fastenings to alter the fit.
  • Gucci Leather belt
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    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.
  • Moschino Olivia patent-leather belt
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    Moschino Olivia patent-leather belt
    Make a statement with Moschino's 'Olivia' belt. We love how the gleaming gold logo stands out against the black patent-leather .
  • Maison Margiela Layered leather waist belt
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    Maison Margiela Layered leather waist belt
    Maison 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.
  • Alaïa Studded leather waist belt
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    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.
  • Saint Laurent Leather and chain belt
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    Saint Laurent Leather and chain belt
    Saint Laurent's skinny leather belt is cool and timeless. Made in Italy, it's accented with a glossy gold chain and finished with the label's heritage 'YSL' plaque and tassel.
  • Givenchy Belt in black leather and gold-tone brass
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    Givenchy Belt in black leather and gold-tone brass
    Belt in black leather and gold-tone brass by Givenchy.
  • Alaïa Ellipse laser-cut leather waist belt
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    Alaïa Ellipse laser-cut leather waist belt
    Alaïa's black laser-cut leather belt has been made in Italy. The curved sides create a waist-cinching, flattering silhouette. Adjust the fit using the gunmetal buckle fastening.
  • Chloé Chain belt
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    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
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    Givenchy Waist belt in gold-tone brass
    Waist belt in gold-tone brass by Givenchy.
  • Alaïa Laser-cut glossed-leather waist belt
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    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.
  • Givenchy Shark Lock leather belt
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    Givenchy Shark Lock leather belt
    Givenchy black leather twist-lock waist belt.
  • Lanvin Embellished leather waist belt
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    Lanvin Embellished leather waist belt
    Lanvin's black leather belt is designed to draw in and flatter your waist. This statement piece is decorated with Swarovski crystals and glossy faux pearls. The movable burnished-gold and silver hardware has been cleverly crafted to sit flat against your clothing.
  • Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski crystal-embellished gold-plated waist belt
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    Dolce & Gabbana Swarovski crystal-embellished gold-plated waist belt
    Ornate embellishment defined Dolce & Gabbana's Spring '15 runway. Decorated with red Swarovski crystals and resin roses, this gold-plated filigree belt is a perfect way to reference the show. Black velvet ties ensure a personalized fit.
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