The 5 Best Belts for Work Under $40

Monday, October 03, 2011

I think belts are an underrated accessory. The best belts can pull and outfit together and make simple separates look like a cohesive outfit, all while cinching slightly large waistbands (if necessary). Obviously, there is a lot of variety when it comes to belts, so it's best to focus when shopping for this accessory. Which of your outfits needs a belt? Are you accessory-deficient in your weekend wardrobe or your weekday wardrobe? Once you know what you need, it's fun to add to your belt selection by incorporating new colors and textures.

For now, I'd like to take a few moments to concentrate belts for work, and specifically belts for work that won't cost a fortune. These smart work belts will add some extra oomph to your weekday ensembles, at a reasonable price.

No list of the best belts would be complete without a simple skinny black belt. This super affordable leather belt is a must-have. Already have a black skinny? It's also available in Rust, an orangy-brown.

Cheap Monday Fay Belt

→ Buy the Cheap Monday Fay Belt, $20.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

This blush pink suede belt would look great paired with dove grey slacks, or to cinch a lighter colored cardigan. For a look that pops, try in with chocolate brown.

Club Monaco Brianna Skinny Belt

→ Buy the Club Monaco Brianna Skinny Belt, $39.00, at; shipping and returns are free.

Belts for work don't need to be boring. The shiny metal clasp on this belt reminds me of Tom Ford-era Gucci. Pair it with slim black pants for a super chic look.

Warehouse Skinny Clean Clasp Belt

→ Buy the Warehouse Skinny Clean Clasp Belt, $28.00, at

A leopard patent belt is surprisingly wearable for work when paired with understated professional clothes.

J.Crew Skinny Leopard Patent Belt

→ Buy the J.Crew Skinny Leopard Patent Belt, $39.50, at

Bow belts are surprisingly popular for fall. This affordable leather version is more subtle than most and available in three great colors -- red, black and gray.

Gap Skinny Bow Belt

→ Buy the Gap Skinny Bow Belt, $19.95, at