Belts Are the Newest Retro Trend

Nostalgia for the fashions of the 2000s has brought back cargo pants and Dad jeans and now, the belt is having its moment in the retro spotlight. Wide or thin, embellished or plain, belts are on course to be one of the biggest trends of the new season. A modern makeover of this staple fashion accessory can instantly update your wardrobe for 2019. Waist belts pull your look together and add polish to any outfit. Wearing a simple belt with an outfit that’s not too fussy will give you the newest look.

Belts played a significant role in designers’ Spring/Summer 2019 collections. Balenciaga, Burberry and Givenchy were among those who showcased a sharper silhouette by styling tailored trousers with shirts and belts for pulled-together polish. The move away from the more fluid styles of recent seasons is bound to inspire confidence-boosting elegance.

The utility trend that balances fashion and function has supplied plenty of denim boiler suits, loose-cut combat trousers and utilitarian jackets on the catwalks of Fendi, Balmain, Givenchy, Dries Van Noten, Isabal Marant, and Hermès. These labels often accented their utilitarian styles with waist-cinching belts.

Belts Move on to Fall/Winter 2019

Belts dominated the Fall/Winter 2019 runways as well with favorite brands from Michael Kors to JW Anderson and Saint Laurent adding the accessory over blazers, overcoats, dresses, and jumpsuits.

How to translate the catwalks for your IRL wardrobe? While summer is in full sizzle, add a belt to your swimsuit. Layer a belt over a floral summer dress. A gorgeous chain belt takes a simple short-and-tee outfit to the next level of chic.

Your favorite animal-print midi dress will gain added impact instantly when updated with a simple, yet striking, wide belt. Your high-waisted midi skirt and tank top take on extra interest when you pair them with a narrow belt for a charming look. Throw one on over a long dress worn with ankle boots to nail a transitional look as you move into fall.

The super easiest way to nail the trend this fall is belting your blazer. Cinch your blazer with a belt and the tailored, coordinated set you got for fall becomes much more feminine than structured. Top a floral midi skirt with a staple blazer cinched by a narrow belt and you’ll have a fresh and modern look. A belted blazer will add a polished look to the simplest jean-and-tee combo.

Updating for the office.

Belts are great for updating your office wardrobe. For an edgy vibe, accentuate your waist with a thicker corset-style belt. Throwing on a belt and boots will toughen up a delicate dress. For a softer look, add a pretty, pastel belt to a ladylike suit.

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