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The Unsung Accessory: Belts

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This is the season to define your waist and add distinction to darker, more textured ensembles with really interesting belts. An unsung accessory for too long, belts are coming into their own in extreme width and configuration. They’re decorative, suggestive, add interest and shape to knits, and frankly hold in your midriff when properly sized. Avoiding the basic, herein some samples

Cage Zip Waist Belt

Looks great on a knit dress, doesn’t it? Perfect with oversized sweaters and long tunics. Dressy but not too. This one could go to uptown dinner or hang out in a Lower East Side Bar. Could be styled elegant or edgy. Cutout detail combination of polyester, leather, polyurethane, and elastane-elastic inset for fit. Black with gold. Zips closed at the front. $68.00

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Left: Barney’s New York Co-Op Perforated Double Wrap Belt- Get your Gucci and Lauren out of storage. A belt for city or country. Easy, lighter for the cut-outs, adaptable, casual chic. Good with skirts. Narrow belt on top of a 2.75” wide perforated leather base. Small square buckle. $155.00

Right: Guess by Marciano Corset Chain Belt- Cinch over chunky merino wool or cashmere or bodycon dress. Works well with your cowboy boots and the bucket bag from which you simply won’t be parted. Leather with gold tone chain trim at the front in whipstitch detail. Buckle closure. Stretch band at the back. 4 ½” wide. $138.00

Fringed Waist Belt

Yes, it’s a belt! This really original accessory sits at the wait creating a peplum of leather fringe down past your hips. Daring and very cool. You’re always the first to experiment. And it gives you (or hom) something to play with when your hands are not doing anything else. Polyurethane with faux suede inserts. Adjustable buckle closure. $88.00


Left: Matthew Williamson Khaki Wide Beaded Belt- Great autumnal colors with nuanced sparkle. Luxe in construction and attitude. The kind of piece you just keep reaching for. Multi-tone metals give you lots with which to coordinate. And you’re unlikely to see this on your best friend. Khaki suede with studded, colored stones. Snaps in the back. $590.00

Center: Wide Neoprene Belt by Phillip Lim- They call this “vibrant Absinthe.” Are you aware the drink is legal now? Try Restaurant Benoit in Manhattan. Let ride on a brightly colored jacket or bring out your shape in black pants. Be brave with your handbag. Deep, tapestry color. Handsome enough to pair with sequins, velvet or leather. 2.75” wide, adjustable length. Leather backing, leather trim and buckle closure. On sale $192.50

Right: Zebra Printed Wide Pony Belt- Fuchsia and black printed pony in a room filled with tawny leopard and black and white zebra. Simply gorgeous on black. Accessorize tomorrow in monochrome and Saturday with startling color blocking. You have separated yourself from the herd. $148.00

And now for something completely different- Steampunk Corset Belt

Made to order (allow for roughly 2 weeks), this fabulous looking piece is absolutely sure to start conversations with strangers. Be prepared. Filled with implication, it’s a marriage of 19th century industrial meets contemporary edge. Look it up if you like the attitude. As it’s custom, leather can be any color; hardware available includes -nickel, brass, or antique brass. Love the chains dipping down the hips! Leather with 7 hand sewn darts to insure an hour glass shape. Ready for it?! $325.00

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