If you've ever fussed and fidgeted with an outfit, adding then taking off accessories in order to spice things up or add your own, personal flair, we feel you. We too have struggled in front of the mirror, piling up discarded combinations of hats and scarves, all while searching the internet for a dose of outfit inspiration.
Thankfully, Michelle Obama provided us with some great ideas when she stepped out at the inauguration last week. After we were done marveling at her coat and her hair, our eyes focused on her big-buckle belt, reminding us that this little extra can solve a variety of styling issues.
The statement belt has been back for a bit now, with random mid-section options returning in 2019 and the Western belt taking over in 2020. Now, in 2021, the belt is bolder and more versatile than ever — all while serving the practical purpose of holding pants in place and cinching waists.
Check out the many ways celebrities and street style stars have been wearing belts in recent months, proving that this piece can be worn with just about anything in your closet, and is by far the easiest way to reinvent basics.
Michelle Obama's Belt Added Something Extra to Her Look
The large buckle added a shiny, eye-catching detail and helped to break up her monochromatic look.
Jennifer Lopez Had Fun With Chains
We also spotted another standout belt at the inauguration: Lopez's multi-chain and pearl-embellished piece. It was feminine and playful, plus a great alternative to a necklace, which would have competed with her ruffled top.
Hunter Schafer Proved This Accessory Isn't Boring
Of course, belts don't have to be boring. Instead of a basic leather or even a chain option, the Euphoria actress attended the Gotham Awards wearing a mid-section belt that featured a bunch of tiny locks, inspiring us to think outside the box and try something quirky.
And, According to Beyoncé, the Belt Bag Is Still Going Strong
Aside from defining the waist, this accessory is able to hold a variety of essentials, which means it can replace a bag and allow for a hands-free night.
Big Belts Are Back For 2021
At Louis Vuitton's Spring '21 show, thick, neutral options helped to pull oversized outfits together.
It's Once Again Cool to Belt a Long Shirt
According to Dior's Spring '21 show, this '00s trick has returned! However, this time around, we'll stick to cinching solid, structured tops instead of graphic T-shirts.
They'll Make Winter Staples Seem Less Bulky
Rather than being swallowed by that chunky knit, a belt will hold it your sweater in place and show off your curves.
Belts Can Tie Layers Together
Thanks to this addition, a baggy blazer styled over a dress or jumpsuit will seem less blah and more fashion-forward, especially if you choose a color that contrasts with the rest of your look.
You Can Pair This Accessory With Anything
Add one to your favorite jacket in order to make it feel fresh and new.
Use Belts to Break Up Coordinated Outfits
Something flashy and gold will work to spice up your favorite set.
Oftentimes, Belts Provide a Much-Needed Pop
If you're wearing beige pants, go with something dark so it's easily visible and attention-grabbing.
They Will Make Simple Dresses More Interesting
Even if your shirtdress already comes with a tie, give your outfit an elevated spin by swapping out the material for something super sleek, like a black leather belt.
If Your Jumpsuit Is Missing Something, Add a Belt
Sometimes, jumpsuits can sit funny or expand at the middle, making them extra loose (yet extra comfy) like a onesie. A thin belt can break up this one-and-done piece and transform it into something sharp for outings and events.
This Accessory Is Seasonless
While many accessories feel like too much during summer months (and a lot of layers will no doubt make you overheated), a belt is something that can be worn year-round. It takes little effort to slip one on with shorts, skirts, and sundresses, but it'll stand out and give your look a personal touch.