Belts Are Having a Big Moment Right Now; Here's How to Wear One Like a Street Style Star

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Belts are one of those accessories that ebb and flow in terms of popularity. Right now, we're in a serious flow phase, if you will, as evidenced by the street style scene at New York Fashion Week. From wide waist-cinchers to thin and skinny styles, belts are popping up on showgoers from fashion editors to stylists and influencers, including myself. The last time I was this fixated on belts was in college when my assortment was vast and few outfits were sans the accessory. This time around, I'm here for a range of styles from Bottega Veneta's buzzy and sculptural shapes to vintage versions in a variety of textures and widths. While I've got a few ways I love to wear my belts, I'm always seeking out new styling inspiration be it over a coat, atop a blazer, wrapped around a dress at my waist, or slung lower on my hips.

If, like me, you're finding yourself really into belts right now, keep reading to see some of my favorite street style outfits from New York Fashion Week. Not only will you pick up a few helpful styling tips but I've shopped out similar and exact styles, so you can have a solid assortment at the ready this season and beyond.

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How to Wear a Belt

When you're layering, specifically by way of a tonal look, a slim and printed belt will define your shape and add a textural element for added interest.

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How to Wear a Belt

A simple black belt becomes eye-catching when cinched over a patterned coat.

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A knotted belt feels fresh over classic pieces like a sweater and blazer — look for one in a small to medium width, so as not to feel too busy over layered separates.

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Instead of a simple black belt, try one with a vintage-inspired buckle for a subtle twist.

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A utilitarian belt takes a tailored coat into edgy territory. When cinching outerwear, be sure to go for a thicker width or substantial leather style that will hold its shape. You'll probably want to size up to ensure a comfortable fit over layers, too.

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How to Wear a Belt

A belt with a sculptural element will make any outfit feel modern and fresh.

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Speaking of sculptural, this Bottega Veneta ring belt is a cult-loved style among the street style set.

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A leather belt with a well-worn look makes tailored pieces feel a little less fussy. Plus, it comes with a slight, rock 'n' roll edge.

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A slim, double-wrap belt is the perfect cinch over a fluid dress.

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A thick, corset-style belt is perfect for defining your shape under a blazer.

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When trying out a belted tonal look, select a belt that's a slightly different shade than the rest of your layers.

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A logo belt makes an all-black outfit more exciting in an instant.

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Not into logos but love designer accents? Go for a vintage style like this Gucci horse-bit belt I found on Vestiaire Collective

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A thick, suede belt is perfect for cinching over a thick knit sweater or dress.

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When wearing an oversize coat in cold weather, a cinched waist creates a flattering shape beneath your layers.

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A fanciful belt is a playful way to dress up layers in the cold. Avoid bulk by sticking to thinner pieces underneath your belt.

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Here for a practical yet slightly extra belt moment? Look no further than a logo belt bag.

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Some jackets and coats come with a beautiful built-in belt, but if not, a classic belt with a sculptural buckle creates a similarly luxe effect.

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A belt bag feels really wearable in a neutral color like tan, brown, beige, or black.

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A thick studded belt adds edge to any outfit, though we love it with a utilitarian jumpsuit as pictured on this stylish showgoer.

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An ultrawide waist belt is another way to make an all-black outfit feel fresh and exciting.

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A thick and printed belt is a great way to break up a single tone like a dress or jumpsuit. Stick to solid or neutral clothing for a streamlined look that's not overly complicated.

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A thin- to medium-width knot belt is perfect for breaking up a patterned dress.

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A chain-link belt is a fanciful way to draw in the shape of a loose, button-down shirt.

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Forever trying to figure out how to wear a poncho? How about a Gucci logo belt to cinch the blanket-style layer.

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How to Wear a Belt

A gold belt bag is an unexpected way to cinch a printed dress.

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A simple black belt is surprisingly impactful in contrast with light and tonal separates.