Since we’ve had our first official snow of the season, it’s clear that winter is coming and FAST. But as we pile on the bulky layers, it’s important not to get swallowed underneath them. We need a little embellishment and bit of flare. So buckle up because belts are getting an update to become the new focal point of your fit.
Based on runway styles, there were two main ways to interpret the statement belt this season. Let’s first look at Calvin Klein Collection which was a prime example of the minimalist approach many have come to know and love. Diving straight in with crisp poplins and light silks, the assortment was fairly easy going with splashes of polka dots and florals. I especially loved their ability to give shape and structure to wider silhouettes by belting the slimmest point of the waist (hint hint) and around the wrists. Philosophy de Lorenzo Serafini rested on the opposite end of the spectrum with folk and bohemian influenced designs that played on vintage vibes. This collection of flirty frocks relied less on belts for fit and more for styling, which I can equally appreciate. The substantial width and Santa-esque buckles probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if done right, you could be channeling your inner Brigitte Bardot in no time.
One could make the case for belts in several instances, but I think it’s worth re-exploring the idea of adding knots and loops in slightly less conventional ways. Gucci took a more gothic turn with their tartan wool slim-leg pants which featured an interesting calf strap that connected behind the leg and small belts wrapped around the knee. So St. Marks, so right. I’m also a fan of the Proenza Schouler Ecru baggy trouser with side panels which fasten in the front with a wrap belted closure. Not your typical belt, but a refreshing style element nonetheless. Peter Pilotto and MM6 by Maison Margiela have great toppers with poplin options belted at the waist. And if you’d rather choose your own add-on, the reversible waist belt from Loewe would be a great piece to throw over a chunky knit or crisp collared shirt.
Belts aren’t something we’re inclined to put that much thought into, especially when it comes to grab and go outfits during the busy work week. So, I’m all in favor of designers taking some of the guess work out of it.
Brands we love: Loewe Reversible Leather Waist Belt, Gucci Tartan Wool Slim-leg Pants, Calvin Klein Collection Belted Floral Silk Organza Mini Dress, Peter Pilotto Lace-trim Off-the-shoulder Cotton Blend Top, Max Mara “Ali” Skirt, Ellery “Cyril” Off-the-shoulder Cotton Top, MM6 by Maison Margiela Point-collar Waist Belt Cotton Shirt, Proenza Schouler Ecru Baggy Trousers
By Ariel Serano