After so much emphasis on waist-up dressing over the past year and a half, neglected designer belts are slowly making their way back into our everyday wardrobes. This season, the formerly deprioritized accessory is anchoring some of the best reemergence looks. Whether it’s paired with trousers for a chic return to the office, or cutoff shorts perfect for weekend escapades, adding a vintage, woven leather, or studded belt helps to elevate just about any summer outfit.
And your outfit doesn’t need to have belt loops to support the accessory. Recently, Jennifer Lawrence buckled a logo-emblazoned belt over a Christian Dior frock, and Janet Mock fastened a laser-cut Alaïa design over a delightful Brunello Cucinelli dress. Both looks proved just how essential the accessory can be.
If you’re in need of a refresher on how to style a belt this season, you’ll find seven celebrity-inspired ways to wear designer belts below.
A brown belt with silver details will easily elevate those casual daytime outfits. Follow Clarke’s lead and pair yours with cutoff shorts.
When in doubt, add a logo-stamped belt to your outfit just like Lawrence did while attending Dior’s latest Haute Couture presentation.
Thanks to The Row’s classic designer belt worn here by Jenner, business casual has never looked better. Follow the style star’s lead and make sure your closet has at least one timeless option in it.
Lean into summer whites and elevate those neutral dresses by pairing them with a matching belt just like Mock did here with a divine perforated AlaÏa band.
For a subtle dash of glam, anchor your suits with a textured belt, similar to Middleton’s croc one by Anderson’s.
No need to wait for the return of music festivals. Take notes from Miller and her Isabel Marant belt covered in silvery accents.
Get out of an all-black rut and test out a cognac-colored belt, like Culpo’s Khaite belt. The unexpected hue will make those T-shirt-and-jeans combos look chic.