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The Ultimate Summer Style Accoutrement Is Not What You Think

Behold the power of the belt.

belt outfit ideas
Ashley Combs

For most people, belts aren't part of their daily rotation, so it's easy to forget about them. Especially in the summer when we are constantly looking for ways to add intrigue to our ensembles without overheating under multiple layers, belts offer a welcome solution. Plus, they often allow you to alter the proportions of an outfit with the simple addition of an accessory. Whether it's leather or woven, thick or thin, a belt can be worn in its designated place—through your belt loops—or can be used to create a waist on a boxier top or dress. Why stop there, though? Anything can be a belt. Sub a scarf, rope, or chain for the classic accessory to serve the exact same purpose in an unexpected fashion. Below, we've rounded up three fresh ensembles to inspire you to add a belt to your accessory mix.

Scarf + Leather Skirt + Tank

belt outfit ideas

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@sandrasemburg

A belt doesn't have to be a belt. Get resourceful and repurpose a printed silk scarf as a waist accessory to break up heavier black separates.


M. Finley

Shorts + Button-Down + Loafers

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Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@alexisbadiyi

Every piece here is rather simple—it's the layering that makes things interesting. While it's still warm out, opt for lightweight linens to keep your separates from appearing too heavy.

Neutral Shirt + Jeans

belt outfit ideas

Right photo: Courtesy of Instagram/@breanna_warner

For a look like this one, use your belt to breathe new life into a shirt or jacket by wrapping it first then cinching it at the waist. Keep your color palette muted alongside light-wash denim and a few gold accessories.

Naomi Buckled Leather Sandals

Manu Atelier
$360 $252

Croc Judy Belt

Paloma Wool
$125 $86

Mina Ring

Wolf Circus
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