5 Waist-Accentuating Summer Belts

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Designers have always placed value on belts, whether for accentuating a waist or adding a little pizzazz to your plain old jeans. Now that looser clothes are popular, it’s especially nice to polish off your outfit and show off your figure with an eccentric or sophisticated belt. Thick belts always create a bold statement and tuck everything in with much style.

Speaking of eccentric, BCBG’s Toggle Waist Belt is great for the gal who likes attention and has dabbled with accessories before. If you are not big on accessorizing, this belt may intimidate you a bit. The solid black belt has gold accents with hanging chains, a big buckle, and a toggle. This belt is an all-in-one trendy way to emphasize your waist or change up the look to a blasé dress or a solid colored outfit.

BCBGMAXAZRIA Toggle Waist Belt

→ Buy the BCBGMAXAZRIA Toggle Waist Belt, $88.00, at bcbg.com.

Are you looking for a belt to pair with a simple outfit such as jeans and a tee or stretchy pants? Ralph Lauren’s plaque belt is gorgeous. It is an elegant belt with a simple design. The center plaque on the black leather makes this belt pop with some color without going overboard.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Resin Plaque Leather Belt

→ Buy the Lauren Ralph Lauren Resin Plaque Leather Belt, $98.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.

I find it extremely difficult to find a belt to pair with my maxi dresses. Finally I found a great belt to wear with maxi dresses that require a tug at the waist. This stretchy beaded and wooden closure belt is an excellent way to help complete a carefree maxi dress.

Cara Solid Beaded Stretch Belt

→ Buy the Cara Solid Beaded Stretch Belt, $28.00, at nordstrom.com; shipping and returns are free.

Linen is one of my favorite fabrics, but finding a belt appropriate to accompany the classic, breathable material is harder than it looks. Vince Camuto’s tan woven stretch interlock belt is a smart and fashionable way to wrap up a linen look. The color and the thick statement belt will look great over those old shirtdresses that you debated throwing away. Liven up those old looks with a new chic belt!

Vince Camuto Woven Stretch Interlock Belt

→ Buy the Vince Camuto Woven Stretch Interlock Belt, $35.99 (was $48.00), at macys.com.

As an alternative, check out Ralph Lauren’s stretch rope buckle belt. The navy and tan color combination creates a sophisticated look. The center circular knot is a nice finish to the otherwise casual look.

Lauren Ralph Lauren Stretch Rope Buckle Belt

→ Buy the Lauren Ralph Lauren Stretch Rope Buckle Belt, $48.00, at macys.com.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.